Pinnell Mountain Trail is a 22.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fairbanks, Alaska that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 22.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,202 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

snow

This trail is one of the few primitive trails in central Alaska that is maintained. The trail begins at Eagle Summit and offers views of the White Mountains, the Alaska Range, the Crazy Mountains and the Yukon River valley along the way. Expect windy and snowy conditions during most parts of the year.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this trail last weekend - still a bit of snow. Definitely could have used snow shoes. The trail was wet. Made it 10 miles in. Beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

I did this hike with some friends last weekend. We broke it up day 1- 10.1 (first cabin) day 2-7.8 miles (second cabin) and day three was about a 9 mile day. This hike is difficult and truly a point to point challenge. Absolutely gorgeous and saw more caribou than we could count. Definitely have to pay attention to the markers. Bring windbreakers as it gets pretty windy. We woke up to snow on August 19th at the second cabin, so definitely bring warm gear to be prepared for any weather. Look forward to doing this again!

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Hiked it because we couldn't find the trail for TwelveMile Summit - guessing now that there's no true trail. Very muddy, very wet, but we saw lots of caribou so it was worth it!

hiking
rocky
Tue Jun 04 2019

I captured a TimeWarp of this with a GoPro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiXanB9e5wY

hiking
Tue Sep 08 2015

Completed this hike in the middle of summer and it was still in the 40s most of the day. While some may argue the grandeur of this hike does not live up to other alaskan hikes around the coasts, it does present a mysterious and unusually quiet beauty a seasoned hiker will appreciate. The trail can be difficult to follow at times as it does not appear to be well traveled. Snow was noted in small patches here even in july and the wind is very strong as there is not much to stop it at these altitudes so dress appropriately even if it is warm in fairbanks

hiking
Sat Jul 20 2013

Hiked this with my best friend in 30 hours. It was an awesome trail and would've been a little better if we slowed down to enjoy it more. We started at 12 mile and ended at eagle summit. At the north fork shelter there was plenty of water but at the ptarmigan creek shelter there was a hole in the bucket. So plan accordingly.

hiking
10 months ago