Shoup Bay Trail Section A

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Shoup Bay Trail Section A is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valdez, Alaska that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

Section A of the Shoup Bay Trail runs from the trail head to Gold Creek bridge. This scenic tract transverses the West Mineral Creek flats, running through an alder forest. It then opens out onto the grasslands after 8/10 a mile. Many wildflowers and interesting prospects can be seen for the next 2/10 of a mile until the trail starts to climb. After crossing 2 small streams (caution: water levels change with weather conditions) the trail begins a steep ascent offering views of Valdez to the east and Valdez Bay to the south and west. A steep descent brings one onto Gold Creek and then to the camping area and bridge. The trail to the left before the bridge leads to a camping area with a firepit, restroom and food lockers.