Explore the most popular trail running trails in Chugach National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice simple hike. Bring shoes you can get wet if you want to reach the falls

Easy and quick family friendly hike. Definitely recommend this one.

My first hiking trip ever. We did the 7 mile hike to Caribou Creek cabin. Trail was nice, a little muddy in spots but nothing that wasn’t impassable. Cabin was amazing!!!

Great trail, pretty easy but amazing views.. lots of water and big waterfall!! Glad I got to explore Alaska trails!!

on Winner Creek Trail

hiking
3 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.

The most incredible views ever. Super steep hike so bring poles and be prepared to work hard, this is a tough hike and will take longer because of the steepness. Blueberries along the way, gorgeous wildflowers, and stunning views of Kenai Lake the whole time.

Good trail, really popular. Went at end of July, the flowers down by the glacier were beautiful.

hiking
10 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).

hiking
10 days ago

We completed this trail yesterday with my 5 year old.

The first .75 to 1 mile is a steady climb up. Once at the top if you want to get to the lake go left and follow the marked trail. if you go right there's a nice view after maybe 5 min.

The trail is easy to follow, if in spots mildly pushed in by plants. Bring bug spray.

The trail offers some beautiful views and isn't difficult. It is a popular trail so you most likely won't be the only one out there.

The person who told us about this trail really undersold it. It is amazing! One of the highlights of our trip so far! Fairly lightly trafficked, especially in the morning.

Almost everyone does carry bear spray and you should too (although we didn’t see any bear droppings). Adventure 60 in town rents it at $12 a day so pick some up before you hit the trail.

Very well preserved trail with stunning scenery! The trailhead campgrounds are also incredible. A must for any travelers.

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

The most beautiful view of Seward and Res Bay like i’ve never seen before.

Nice waterfall. The upper viewing platform has the best view of the falls. The lower trail gets you closer and is much cooler near he river.

the perfect hike for beginners and berry lovers

Nice easy hike with fall and Gorge views. We stoped by Mirror lake adjacent to hike as well.

hiking
16 days ago

My favorite hike ever.

hiking
19 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.

Short hike, pretty bridges to the falls. Great place to get out for a quick breath of fresh hair.

hiking
22 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.

hiking
23 days ago

The Thunderbird Falls were beautiful.
Quick trek
Safe, bring bear / bug spray if you wish.
Water
Pets welcomed on a leash

easy. not very scenic till you get to the falls. falls great.

Absolutely some of the best views available in Cooper Landing. Great trail too, especially if it’s been wet past few days and the soil is more gravelly and shake so not super slick like Cecil Rhodes directly across the lake from Slaughter.

Keep an eye out as you hit the beautiful overlook at the rough halfway point—basically the gulch/valley floor—for dall sheep over on the slopes towards Coyote Notch. Can almost always find a few sheep grazing along and there are a few nice rams in there if you get lucky on time.

If you hit Juneau peak and just don’t want the views to end—simply keep going. You can ridgeline along to the end where you can easily look down into Resurrection pass, including Trout Lake.

Great hike for so, so many reasons. And one that you can do several times a season and still maintain excitement of what you’ll find—including the trippy little shoe sole someone wrote all over and tucked into a little tomb on Juneau Peak.

hiking
24 days ago

Incredible views! Steep incline but short hike overall. The view behind you as you’re hiking up makes the incline insignificant.

the trail is super fun, my family loved it, the falls are beautiful! I got some really good pictures, it's not super buggy, at least it wasn't when I went there.

This is one of my favorite hikes!! It is a short steep hike with a huge view payoff. Our kids (5 and 7) did it easily. Seriously one of the best views you can get in Alaska. Would rate as moderate, for difficulty.

The climb was steep but great exercise. Although a cloudy day the view at the lake was beautiful. Saw a group of 29 dall sheep high up on the ridge west of the lake. Wildflowers along the trail included lots and lots of goatsbeard and cow parsnip with some monkshead. Although it had rained a lot recently the trail was only slick in a few spots.

hiking
27 days ago

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

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