Shoup Bay Trail Section A

MODERATE 4 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options.

5.3 miles
708 feet
Out & Back


nature trips


trail running





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.

1 month ago

Started with black bear sighting 50 meters from parking lot-bells made it saunter off into woods. Overall, nice views of lowlands and water; very wet still in all low sections. Wild flowers just starting to bloom, high shrubs/plants on both sides of trail (above lowlands) made it a single file hike (if you’re not the lead dog the view doesn’t change - much). Saw very large golden eagle on way back - majestic. Certain I’d rate it a 5 once it’s a bit drier.

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