Explore the most popular hiking trails in Chena Lakes Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I have been wanting to do this hike for the past 2 years and was finally able to do it the end of September. I am so thrilled (to this day) that we did this hike! It was beautiful!!! My husband and I did this hike in 8 hours! Total miles tracked on our watches was 16.3 miles round trip (started in parking lot), we did get side tracked (lost) a couple times.
I am not in super great shape but I do love my hikes; it's a total heart thumper going up! I still don't know how we did 16 miles in 8 hours.
In the beginning of the trail, we thought the bridge was out, going to the left in the beginning, but we stuck to it and it wasn't closed off (even though there was a little sign/post saying it was). The markers around the 8-9 mile mark started getting a little sparse but we followed the inukshuks that we saw and they got us to the shelter, around mid point. It's not a huge shelter but it's good for a break from cold weather! I had originally thought there were only 6-7 Tors on this hike, OOOH MY GOODNESS was I wrong!!!! They were everywhere along the top! I wish we could have camped out up there, to check them all out, but time didn't permit. I really felt like we were on a completely different planet and the mountain views were amazing.
The trip down, we got a bit lost. The sign in the middle of the last flat area was turned around so we walked past it, thinking it was just the sign for the people coming up on that side. Again, going down, the markers were sparse and some were hidden pretty well but we made it out of there!!!!
I will definitely do this trip again!!! I think it is totally worth the time to try, if you're in the Fairbanks area.

The first bridge to go clockwise was out, so it seems I stayed right and took the hard way. very steep climb that just kept going. I could see the tors, but couldn't really get to them. It was beautiful, but I have now idea how long this was since everyone seems to say different numbers here. It took me 90 minutes coming down the hill from where I stopped and I was going at a pretty fast clip.

**This hike is NOT 2.1 miles**
If you want to see the rock stuff from the feature picture, you need to hike at least 4.5 miles out (we turned around because we didn't have the energy to go any farther). Read the sign when you get there: This is a 15 mile hike. Nevertheless, we did this in the rain and it was beautiful!

Originally went to do the 3 mile loop, but that was closed. Apparently it’s been closed for quite some time. We continued up from that point for about an hour and a half. It’s nice, but nothing amazing.

TONs of mosquitos! Almost had to run off the last mile or so!

Did the full 15 miles (27km) in one day. Totally worth it, the view with the granite tors is spectacular! :) Hikes it clockwise which was a good idea, that way the steepest section of the trail will be downhill.

My one and only complaint of this trail would be the mosquitoes were absolutely horrible!! Be sure to cake on that bug spray.

7 months ago

Took the wife and kiddo for this challenging yet beautiful trail. Did not plan for a 15 miler in one day but it was certainly worth it. We went up the west loop and back down the east loop and it took around 8 hours. Other than the mosquitoes and swampy areas it was a great hike with a wide variety of terrain. I suggest leaving early and bringing plenty of mosquito repellent and water. Enjoy your hike.

Did all 15 miles in one day! Great hike, challenging at points

Easy walk through the woods and along the river. wildflowers and butterflies in June.

Gorgeous and lush green trail! It was extremely overcast and slightly rainy so we thought we wouldn’t need much insect repellent. We were very wrong. The path was very clean and clear. There were a few fallen trees that we had to walk around. We spooked a moose on the bend and she jumped right into the river which was awesome to see. With that being said, be sure to look out for poop on the trail. This trail is appropriately rated easy, and there is a spot at the beginning/end that would be ideal for picnics!

This was my first hiking trip since moving to AK this year. I had 2 large dogs with me (a Mal and a GSD), and we hiked the short loop up to the point the loop is closed and we had to turn onto the East side of the long loop trail. It wasn’t as clearly marked as I’d have liked, so we turned back and went the entire West side of the long loop trail. It was beautiful, but the ascent/descent on such narrow and rough trails isn’t for the inexperienced hiker. Overall, it was a beautiful day, and we will definitely be going back regularly to explore further.

It was a treat to do with the kids. Lots of mosquitoes, so don’t forget your spray!!

Good for a family hike.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Easy to do with kids. You can even have a stroller if you need to.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nice clear path beautiful forest walk. There are signs to guide you, bathrooms at the start and nice informational signs along the way. there was a moose some else saw but we missed it.

Great trail for kids, super easy.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful area, well maintained trail. Makes for a good, long day hike, took me about 6.5 hrs. Trail is quite soggy in some areas from all of the recent rain but it made nice watering holes for my dog.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

well worth the hike to climb around on the tors!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Gorgeous views, the Tors are worth the effort. Moderate hike, but close to being difficult. Do not take the counter-clockwise route, it is super steep to climb. Take it clockwise to climb down the steep section. Take plenty of water and snacks. If taking dogs, make sure their pads are used to the tough terrain or put boots on them. Sunscreen is a definite if you are prone to sunburn. And take lots, and lots of pictures, it's just a spectacular view.

Fantastic trail, and well maintained.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

This is great trail especially in winter. the lower Angle Creek is VERY swampy and wet in the summer which makes hiking the lower area difficult due to rhe hordes of hungry mosquitoes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My favorite hike to do in the Fairbanks area

trail running
Monday, October 05, 2015

I love this horseshoe loop! Careful early summer there will be deep snow in the saddles...

Monday, September 07, 2015

This trail rocked us. It appeared to keep going up, always another hill/mountain to climb. Pack light...or else lol

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

very fun hike, only got to scratch the surface of the hike due to loss of daylight but definitely a fun hike

Sunday, May 25, 2014

We just did this one. Went up to the 4 mile stop and went back. Would have liked to go all the way at least once but we couldn't take it lol. It was great but not very pretty sometimes from the fire.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

We took the path to the right and later found out it was the hardest route to take. We went to the 4.5 mile mark so ended up doing 9 miles with two little ones. It was super muddy still but was great! We will go back but will take the other route this time since it's supposed to be the easier route.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

We did this trail a week ago and it is just before break up. Lots of snow on the trail still but it was packed down good until the split for the three mile and the tors. Then it was deep. Would be a great cross country ski or snowshoe trail as well. Can't wait til summer to do the whole trail and some back country camping with our daughter. It's a good place for a starter cause your not too far out there that in an Emergancy someone can't go for help.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I completed the 3 mile loop (which was closer to 2 miles). This was a nice easy hike and should be easy enough for small kids. Bug spray is a must in the warm weather! I hope to complete the full 15 mile loop soon.

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