Skookum Volcano

Slana, Alaska 99586

Skookum Volcano

Skookum Volcano Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A moderate hike with great views and volcanic features including examples of rhyolite and dacite domes, lava flows, vents, and erosion-resistant dikes. The trail begins at the signed trailhead at mile 36.8 of the Nabesna Road. The initial 0.9 mile section of the trail is a very pleasant walk under the shade of spruce trees and, later, alder. Notice all the volcanic rock underfoot—a hint of things to come.

You can either return the way you came or continue on over the pass to make a loop. The route down the other side will be more diffi cult than the way up. There is no trail, so the travel is more rugged. The first section down from the pass is on hardpacked dirt and scree. Don’t just head straight down, but look for the sheep trail that angles down to the right."

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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Mollie Foster
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"Skookum Volcano Trail travels into the alpine, with stunning volcanic geology, and options for longer, high country adventures."

Skookum Volcano Trip Reports

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Relatively short and strenuous hike that has it all -- rock hopping, stream crossings, scree slopes, and outstanding views. Starting out in the dense spruce forest, you steadily gain elevation as you follow the creek up to the pass. Look for rock cairns once the trail fades. The grade becomes steep as you near the pass, but the footing is sure on the tundra. The views at the pass are worth the effort. I started my hike in the late afternoon, so I camped in the pass and continued the next day. Highly recommend.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4.8 miles
1,934 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Best May through September
Views, Waterfalls
USGS Nabesna B-5
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