Mount Ripinski & Haines Cliffs Overlook from Skyline Trailhead

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Mount Ripinski & Haines Cliffs Overlook from Skyline Trailhead is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Haines, Alaska that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until August.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1916 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Well maintained, lightly used temperate rainforest trail with switchbacks up the East side of Mt Ripinski. This trail is well marked and is appropriate for any skill level hiker, beginner to expert. You should be in decent shape as this trail involves appreciable elevation gain over a short distance. The muddiest / wettest portions of the trail have nice log bridges and some of the more severe inclines have stairs made from local timber.

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1 month ago

We hiked this trail in July, 2017 and the trail itself is wonderful. It is well maintained and starts at an easy access point just outside of town (Skyline Trailhead). From here, you will follow a well defined trail with log bridges and log stairs as appropriate through many switchbacks up the East side of Mt Ripinski. The temperate rain forest is a delight to experience and very different if you are used to hiking in the lower-48 states. This trail is very accessible for those arriving in Haines for a day visit on a cruise ship although it offers interesting terrain that can satisfy even experienced local hikers. The highlight of the hike is a short southerly path which will take you right to the edge of the Haines Cliffs, which are one of the most readily visible landmarks within a short hike of town. Careful, watch your step on the ledge!