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Scenic trail. Part boardwalk, part gravel, very flat and wide. Mountain, forest, and stream views. Green and lush in summer. Ferns, moss, berries.

Can park at salmon viewing platform parking lot (then walk 150 meters straight back on road through campground to trail) and walk a shorter portion of the trail if desired. Glacier view from salmon viewing parking lot (Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform on Google maps).

on Winner Creek Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Very fun family and dog friendly trail. Bring gloves for the hand tram.

Park at the resort much easier to find the trail this way.

The trail is reopened after the fatal mauling.
Be bear aware; this trail is part of the bears home area, bring bear spray,make noise, dont hike alone and stay together.

The trail itself is well maintained, easy to follow and clean. The last section you need to cross a boulder field,watch your step,and take your time. The first bridge is roughly half way there. We had no issue with bugs but still brought bug spray.

It is a long walk bring enough water and snacks/lunch. don't forget to bring your trash out with you.

Easy trail with a winding path up. Takes about half as long to get back down!

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome, quick post-work hike with the hubby and two bullmastiffs. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had amazing views for minimal effort. We did take the longer, but easier, route from the paved parking lot (on Google maps it’s the “north” trailhead; at the Butte it’s the “west” trail).

hiking
7 days ago

Gorgeous Hike, not a real clearly marked trail. There is a better trail that I cut up on the saddle but I’m not sure where this started. The only reason this received a 3 star rating from me and not higher was that it’s marked as moderate and the top mile is some pretty gnarled rock crawling and scree. Not undoable but not somewhere I’d bring a novice or kids. I did see the obligatory ptarmigan and about 6 moose, one cow calf pair that prompted a 150yrd retreat back up the trail as they were using the portion I needed at that particular moment. All in all a great hike!

Easy trail with amazing views of the mountains and glacier.. lots of super cold running water.. beautiful flowers along the way..

hiking
12 days ago

Good trail. A lot of traffic on it. The hand tram was super fun to use! We will know better next time, but park at the Alyeska Resort, walk to the back of the resort and get to the Winner trailhead from there (on the left side trough the trees).

nice easy trail, gradual incline until it gets steep at the end. I did it as an out and back because I didn't see exactly where the loop was. good hike if you only have a few hours took me 2.5 hours

hiking
13 days ago

Apparently there was a bold black bear sighting on July 24th, so for protection I took a wet stick, a pocket knife, and some headphones. Luckily there was no bear sighting today, but there was a pretty aggressive ground squirrel that gave me a look at the top of the tree line, so look out for that guy!
The hike was amazing, but the best part was continuing past The Dome, along the ridge line all the way to Knoya Peak. This adds about 3 miles to the whole hike and the top of the ridge is some rocky terrain with some climbing required, but well worth it. The top of the peak had a nice little grass patch to sit and enjoy the views. Would hike again!!
OooWee!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike to a beautiful lake. At least the views that I could see below the low clouds.

Fun to walk through the old mine area and see the water tunnel

hiking
15 days ago

Ranks as one of the steepest hikes that I’ve been on. Too bad the cloud ceiling was so low that I couldn’t see anything. I’m guessing that the views would have been outstanding.

Pretty easy going hike with a great view at the snow field! :)

the perfect hike for beginners and berry lovers

This trails goes so much further that listed. The forest is so lush don't expect to get any good views until you get much higher

we just did unguided option - that's about 1 mile in & out. Great experience to be and feel glacier. Great views and sound of melted water beneath the glacier is amazing.

$30 seems expensive for a hike however, understandable as this is privately own. i do recommend guided tour ($100) if time permits.

lovely trail. lots to view. we took our 9month old son and he enjoyed the hike. it wasn't too bad in elevation and it was a easy hike.

hiking
18 days ago

this was so fun! we went yesterday 7-28-18, but the lake was so worth the climb. my Fitbit said it was a 642 elevation and it took us 45minutes to climb with my bad knee. we took our 9month old son as well loads of fun and an easy hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Very well maintained and fun to hike! Took us just over 3 hours to go out and back. A few good views at the gorge and on the tram, but mostly just a forest hike. I recommend starting from behind the Alyeska Lodge instead of where this says to start. There isn’t any easy parking.

I highly recommend this trail. It’s the reason I love hiking in Hatcher Pass. The parking is easy to find and usually not too busy. The trail is easy and relatively flat in the beginning and then inclines up to the lake. The view is wonderful and you can overlook the mine.

hiking
23 days ago

Went up a couple days ago. It's to the right of the Independence Mine as you're walking/driving up towards it. Short and easy hike up, absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day. The Lake is so clear and there's plenty of space to walk around and explore. Probably go during a weekday to avoid any crowds.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy trail which is great with the kids. We left from the Alyeska Resort and hiked to the bus pick up at the Winner Creek Gorge. Lots of trees, moss and lush green. The hand tram was cool. Bridges and rivers make this a nice hike. We came across other hikers and families, occasional bike riders. The hand tram had a short wait. We were behind two turns on our side.
Bring bug spray and probably bear spray.

agree with other reviewers, moderate difficulty at least.

hiking
26 days ago

Good hike, mostly up hill. The trail is well kept and the views are great once you get to the top.There are some benches to rest about every mile. Defiantly bring your camera.

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

This trail is marked at the beginning of the trailhead as being 2.6 miles one way. I’m pretty sure this is referring to the distance to the second bench. I’ve done this trail 3 times the first two times the goal was always to the first bench which has an amazing view of Eklutna. This last time decided to continue on. The second bench has a great view of the twin peaks and we were lucky to be able to see lots of Dall Sheep on the peaks. We ended up following the trail to the right towards Pepper Peak to get another view of Eklutna. Round trip we did 6.40 miles (starting in the parking lot and ending in the parking lot) it took us 4 hours minus the time we spent at the benches and the top view. So glad we continued on for those views, they were worth it. This trail is all uphill and has some steep sections past the second bench. My legs are sore today. Don’t forget to wear sunblock and bug spray!!

hiking
29 days ago

Nice walk, not too many mountain views because you’re in the tree line. The snowshoeing here is great in winter!!

30 days ago

beautiful but by no means a moderate trail

Was a little confused how to get to trailhead. There is free parking at end of Alberg Street on the right. I went through the ski only entrance in woods then 5-7 mins later Winner Creek trail is on the right into the woods. Lovely nature all around. Nice views along Seward Highway to get there.

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