Winner Creek Trail

EASY 206 reviews
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Winner Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,240 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

There is a hand tram along the trail that is not open during winter.

3 months ago

By far best trail I’ve been on , with multiple views , worth going to!

hiking
3 months ago

Great quick hike. Hand tram was fun!

5 months ago

Easy trail for the whole family. Hand tram is fun but bring gloves. No steep hill.

hiking
5 months ago

Very fun family and dog friendly trail. Bring gloves for the hand tram.

Park at the resort much easier to find the trail this way.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail. A lot of traffic on it. The hand tram was super fun to use! We will know better next time, but park at the Alyeska Resort, walk to the back of the resort and get to the Winner trailhead from there (on the left side trough the trees).

5 months ago

the perfect hike for beginners and berry lovers

hiking
5 months ago

Very well maintained and fun to hike! Took us just over 3 hours to go out and back. A few good views at the gorge and on the tram, but mostly just a forest hike. I recommend starting from behind the Alyeska Lodge instead of where this says to start. There isn’t any easy parking.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty easy trail which is great with the kids. We left from the Alyeska Resort and hiked to the bus pick up at the Winner Creek Gorge. Lots of trees, moss and lush green. The hand tram was cool. Bridges and rivers make this a nice hike. We came across other hikers and families, occasional bike riders. The hand tram had a short wait. We were behind two turns on our side.
Bring bug spray and probably bear spray.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk, not too many mountain views because you’re in the tree line. The snowshoeing here is great in winter!!

6 months ago

Was a little confused how to get to trailhead. There is free parking at end of Alberg Street on the right. I went through the ski only entrance in woods then 5-7 mins later Winner Creek trail is on the right into the woods. Lovely nature all around. Nice views along Seward Highway to get there.

hiking
6 months ago

Really nice hike to get the dogs out on and beautiful scenery. Hand tram was fun and a definite good workout for the shoulders and back.

6 months ago

This is a simple hike/ walk in the forest with a fun tram to check out!
Bring bear spray just Incase AND bug spray

6 months ago

Easy hike with great views! High traffic in July with people and dogs. Not too much of a line at the hand tram but worth the wait. Lots of fun!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Never gets old

6 months ago

Heavily trafficked and long wait at the hand tram. Easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Super busy but manageable. Novice hiker and thought it was plenty long with rolling inclines, not all that easy if you're just looking for a casual stroll. Tram going towards Crow Creek was packed (30+ min wait), coming back the other way was no wait. Overall it wasn't bad but there are better trails out there to enjoy Alaska with less people.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the easy beautiful hikes close to Anchorage.

6 months ago

2 bears about 5 mins into the trail behind the tram at 8 am. They took off in a hurry.
This trail has some really great stuff, but it’s SO crowded. By noon it’s mobbed with people. This is not a peace and quiet type of hike.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Forest, river gorge, bridges, hand tram. We hiked from the trailhead behind the Aleska Tram, past the hand tram, to the Shuttle Bus stop and rode the free bus back to town. Loved everything about it.

Beautiful trail.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is fairly easy, almost entirely gravel, and doesn’t have any really steep inclines. It also offers some fantastic views of the river, as well as the lush forest surroundings.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail, appropriate for all skill levels. The hand tram and Snowcat bridge make the hike extra special. We started at the Alyeska hotel end (park at the hotel, and the trailhead is located at rear of the hotel by the tram station). We did an out-and-back, which totals about 6.4 miles. The hike wends through the beautiful and lush Chugach forest. Concerned about bears? When we went, there were so many people on the trail that the wildlife (other than birds) stayed in hiding. Our fellow hikers were for the most part friendly and pretty laid back. The trail is impressively well maintained. All in all a great hike.

hiking
7 months ago

We love this trail! The end gets a little tricky—you need to know where the parking is that you left your car at. There are 3 exits so you need to know which one to follow. Can be a little steep, but our kids love it. My 2 and 4 yr old can’t walk the whole thing but they walked at least half.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous Gorge. Definitely would recommend this one for the easier goers. Some incline but not bad. Hiked it on Thursday afternoon and it was only slightly busy.

nature trips
7 months ago

Hiked on 6-1-18, enjoyed beautiful weather and a serene forest walk. The forest ground is rich and dense with green ground cover—the beauty is in the details of this trail. No wildlife observed, we saw about a dozen people in three hours, the trail is clear and mostly easy walking with the exception of lots of incline near the creek. The Gorge is a beautiful sight, and there are lots of opportunities to get near the creek along the way. Afternoon well spent!

hiking
7 months ago

Hike is gorgeous and easy. You can climb down the rocks and get right next to the waterfalls. Went on 5/26 and the hand tram was open, but there was a pretty big line so we just turned around. Only issue is how heavily trafficked it was, but that's to be expected on memorial day weekend.

hiking
7 months ago

Truly amazing hike along the river!! Will definitely be back for this one!! Bridge and hand tram are fun extras!! Beautiful!!

walking
7 months ago

7 months ago

We started at the hotel. Great hike. Bridge and tram were fun. Hiked about 3 miles and hitched a ride back to our car.

hiking
7 months ago

5 miles. Becomes a little muddy after the 1.5 mile mark, hiking shoes are definitely encouraged! Hand tram was open, just be prepared to wait in line for a few minutes as it’s pretty busy out. Beautiful hike with gorgeous views!

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