Winner Creek Trail

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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.

hiking
3 days ago

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

4 days 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 days 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 days 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

7 days 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
11 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Never gets old

14 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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
19 days ago

One of the easy beautiful hikes close to Anchorage.

19 days 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.

21 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

walking
1 month ago

1 month 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
1 month 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!

2 months ago

Hand tram was still closed as of today, but a beautiful hike nonetheless! Plenty of boardwalks and gravel sections to keep you from getting too muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Very well maintained! The first portion of the trail is maintained for wheelchair access. This is a rainforest- very green and lush

nature trips
2 months ago

Snow is pretty much cleared up, but there are parts of ice in areas, but not much. There are patches of mud and wet forest floor, but overall not bad! It was a good hike. We were able to climb down into the gorge and walk to see the waterfall that was quite awesome! A must hike for amateurs and avid hikers all alike!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is great for locals and tourists alike. It is located IN Girdwood not 'near' Girdwood and if you have a well behaved dog let him/her romp in the woods leash-free. I'm a local and Girdwood loves dogs.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved hiking this trail 03-18-2018. We hiked to the hand tram with our 1 year old even though it is closed during Winter season. Snow was nicely compact and there was quite a few other groups hiking in the area. We noticed ski areas as well as signs leading the way for other trails. Use caution when hiking the bridge section, careful not to step on the sides of the bridge or else you'll be up to your hips in snow! We saw lots of snowmen on the trail and could see signs of spring approaching as the squirrels were running about, making noise and chasing one another. Very peaceful.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Nice Easy Hike from Alyeska Resort to the Hand Tram that is (unfortunately) CLOSED IN WINTER.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for all skill levels. Had a lot of fun with the hand tram and the scenery is absolutely beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorites, just has too many people sometimes. It’s best to go early in the morning. Great views from the hand tram, I like to take my time on it but when people are waiting they do the work for you and usually go to fast to get any good pictures. The gorge is amazing

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