Winner Creek

Girdwood, Alaska

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A trail for all abilities, with a variety of options: a short or longer day hike option, or a longer overnight traverse climbing into the alpine country. The Winner Creek Trail is a bit of a suburban wildland hike, but there are plenty of rewards: a beautiful trail, temperate rain forest, and the narrow gorges of Winner and Glacier Creeks. Across Glacier Creek, 2.5 miles into the hike, the trail connects with the Girdwood Iditarod Trail, a “natural tread” trail that parallels Crow Creek Road and leads about 3 miles to the Girdwood School. From the school, you can walk or bike 2.5 miles of paved bike path back to the trailhead at the Alyeska Hotel. This entire 8-mile loop, both forest trail and paved path, is open to bicycles.
Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)

A trail for all abilities, with a variety of options: a short or longer day hike option, or a longer overnight traverse climbing into the alpine country. The Winner Creek Trail is a bit of a suburban wildland hike, but there are plenty of rewards: a beautiful trail, temperate rain forest, and the narrow gorges of Winner and Glacier Creeks.

Across Glacier Creek, 2.5 miles into the hike, the trail connects with the Girdwood Iditarod Trail, a “natural tread” trail that parallels Crow Creek Road and leads about 3 miles to the Girdwood School. From the school, you can walk or bike 2.5 miles of paved bike path back to the trailhead at the Alyeska Hotel. This entire 8-mile loop, both forest trail and paved path, is open to bicycles.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Distance: 2.5-8 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best June through early Oct
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, PO Box 129, 145 Forest Station Rd., Girdwood, AK 99587; (907) 783- 3242; www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-6 (NW); National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Winner Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2008
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It was a nice mellow hike, good introduction to Alaska hiking. But if it wasn't for the hand tram it wouldn't really be all that.


7/1/2006
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This was the first hike I did in Alaska. With the wonderful long days during the Alaskan summers, this was easy to do as a day hike. With a coworker and his dog, we took on this trail and it's impressive initial climb. After the first mile or so, the trail levels off quite a bit, which is nice, but be prepared for the temperature drop. As we wound our way further into the mountains and nearer the glaciers, the cold really hit hard. It's a wonderful little hike with plenty to see.


8/15/2005
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Winner Creek is an excellent trail, which has been greatly improved in recent years and is wheel chair accessible for the first half mile. The trail becomes more primitive but is easy walking through forrest. The view of Winner Creek from the foot-bridge crossing is impressive; the creek is a rushing torrent as it passes through a short, narrow canyon beyond the bridge and is the highlight of the trip. A ledge overlooking the canyon is an excellent spot for lunch. A short hike from the foot bridge brings you to a hand-drawn tram across Crow Creek. The tram extends the hike to a trailhead on Crow Creek Road. Out and back to Winner Creek is great when in the mood for a leisurely stroll and a nice picnic. Expect some company, but not a crowd. Enjoy!



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May 2018