Angel Rocks Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Angel Rocks Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairbanks, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

12 days ago

In town from Alabama and found this trail. Great hike, awesome views. Did the whole loop and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There were quite a few people, but it never felt crowded. Worth the drive from Fairbanks. Highly recommend.

1 month ago

This was a steep hike, but definitely worth the cardio workout! The rock formations and views from the top were unbelievable! There is some opportunity to do some rock scaling to truly take in the scenery from the pinnacle. Definitely recommend bringing bug spray for the hike on the way down (at least during the summer).

1 month ago

Great trail

2 months ago

this was a really good workout. the view was amazing. never really over crowded. the trail was really easy to follow.

walking
2 months ago

fun hike really easy to head off to Chena hotsprings on accident

2 months ago

this trail was a really good workout, lots of great views, but the loop back was poorly marked. I would certainly hike it again, just being more aware.

2 months ago

Awesome trail! Amazing views from the top of the rock outcroppings. Only con was the lack of trail markers which would have been helpful at points as many people have made their own offshoots that can add confusion.

2 months ago

Have done this trail more than a few times both during winter and summer months. The trail scenery is nice no matter what time of year!

hiking
3 months ago

I do this hike usually at least once a year, and it is a great one to bring visitors on—and then go for a soak in the hot springs afterward. As of May 16th, the snow is mostly gone. I was originally planning to continue on to the springs, however there is a lot of snow yet on the higher elevations. There are getting to be some pretty deep washout channels near the top. If you are looking for an early-season, mostly dry hike then Angel Rocks will fit the bill. Bring insect repellent.

3 months ago

Great trail, even during the early season! Great stream views and awesome free climbing and panoramic views at the top. Plus, the Chena hot springs are just 15 minutes down the road which is a great way to finish the day after a hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was beautiful. I hiked it 5/4/18 and there was still a lot of snow everywhere. Wear good water proof/traction shoes and make sure to wear pants that cover the ankles otherwise when you sink in the snow, you will have wet feet along the way. Once we got closer to the top it was easier because it was more rocky than slushy but some areas getting back down were muddy. Just watch your step and follow the least resistant path. The view was breath taking. I’ll definitely hike this trail again.

3 months ago

was a little slippery due to snow melt, but had an overall good time. Only issue with the trail are some of the people you will meet while hiking. A lot of people do not pick up after their dogs and some do not leash them either.

hiking
4 months ago

the dogs and I love this trail.. it's close but, far enough away. it's on the shorter side but, it's still a good work out

5 months ago

it's like I'm a kick-ass Billy goat jumping across all the rock formations. Love this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

I’ve done this loop several times and done the main vertical as part of a larger ultra-marathon as well. I enjoy it every time. Mosquitoes can get a little gnarly during the summertime, but if you keep moving you’ll be just fine! From the top of the trail, you can access a trail that eventually leads to Chena Hot Springs, if that’s your cup of tea...

10 months ago

This trail is so beautiful, especially right after fall... during like the first snow fall! If you're a decent hiker you should be okay! Be careful on the rocks! But you should def. try and get that all natural high from climbing them! Totally worth it.

11 months ago

The trail was nice I would do it again.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail with plenty of viewing of the river and Angel rocks. Highly recommend a trip to the hot springs afterward to soak any sore muscles. Loved it!

hiking
11 months ago

It was ok. Nothing super special. Lots of traffic on the trail.

11 months ago

Easy hike to a beautiful overlook over the area

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

very nice to be able to hike up on the ruins of old volcanic activity; fairly easy trial, incline gets a little rough but there's an established trail making it nice. more than worth it for the short distance hike and the great views. there is even a natural spring that has a designated drinking area off of the main trail

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Really nice trail. I didn't loop around I went towards Chena hot springs. This trail has wonderful views and is fairly easy due to being an established trail however the incline for a mile and a half make it a moderately difficult trail. I hike about a 25 min mile. No bear or moose scat good trail.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wonderful hike up to rock formations! Don't forget to spray up because the MOSQUITOES ARE FEROCIOUS! Great view!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Popular/busy location. Great views. Flat start with a decent incline to the top. Gradual decline at the start then it starts to pick up towards the middle of the descent. Ends with the same flat part that you started on. $5 parking fee

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The hike is steep but well worth it for the views at the top. If you continue and do the full loop the difficulty is on the harder side of "moderate". The footing can be unstable and there are points where it's easy to miss a trail turn. When I went yesterday there were several people, including a large group, who didn't follow the leash rule and let their dogs run freely and unattended amongst the other hikers. Every time I've gone on this hike there are lots of people on the first half, but on the back half the crowds thin out and you get some alone time with nature.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gorgeous hike! Nice and quick if you just keep
trekking, but longer if,you like to explore the rock outcroppings. Topped it off with a trip to the springs and a nice dinner.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

This was a great hike. It was fun and easy. Very dog friendly.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Fantastic views once you make it to the top! The trail gets quite steep both up and down so be sure to wear proper shoes. It's a beautiful walk at the beginning with the river running to the left side making the temp nice and cool then warming up as you ascend - keep an eye out for blueberries if it's the right season!

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

A great hike - if moderate means some pretty steep slopes w loose gravel then on target. A great 3 hour hike that is no pushover but worth every view. See several rock formations, climb 1200 ft. It was great. An easy 52 miles from Fairbanks and right of the road

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