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16 days ago

This trail is spectacular! It is an easy 3.5 miles, feasible in 2-3 hours depending on your pace and stops. The trail can be a little muddy after a rain so check your weather or bring good boots. This trail should not be confused with the “Chena Nature” trail which is 8 miles and goes to the Chena hot springs. Parking is $5. There are optional rock climbs ranging from easy to dangerous so watch your kids. I noticed several dogs roaming free off the leash with their owners in proximity. Did not see any animals other than a few small birds and one squirrel (September 29). There are only two places to eat within a 20 mile radius. The first is Chena Hot Springs Resort ($$$) and the second is a small restaurant about 5 miles west on the main road ($$). Hope this helps!

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome hike! Did this trail with my wife and son (in a baby carrier) and my wife’s parents. Took us about 2 hours with some breaks for pictures and taking in the views.

Trekking poles wouldn’t be a bad idea for the ascent to Angel Rocks and for the descent as well. We are somewhat newer hikers and found this trail to be moderate. It wasn’t terrible but there were some parts of the trail where the grade was making us sweat a little!

All in all, awesome trail. Would definitely do it again!

If you do the whole loop i would say it is more of an intermediate hike. We also did it when it was raining and the trail had wet leaves everywhere. Trekking poles are a nice thing to have when doing the ascent/descent to and from angel rocks. Kid friendly for maybe 4/5 year olds. Toddlers would have too hard of a time. I’m glad we brought the backpack for my son, who just turned two. If you are thinking about turning around at the first viewpoint, don’t! My husband made us push through and I’m glad he did. The views from up there were amazing.

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is gorgeous! Definitely steep in areas but the views are incredible and so worth it! We also hiked part of granite tors and Angel Rocks was definitely my favorite by far.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great hike! Beautiful views. Not a hike for those with knee problems. I was pleased I had my trekking poles. Make sure you do the loop and not just the out-and-back.

hiking
1 month ago

I've been hiking this trail for years, and am never disappointed. The trail is steep in places (up to 52% grade), and can be hard to follow at the top. Awesome views are seen shortly after starting to climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike, very rewarding views at the top. There were quite a few people on a nice August day, but I didn’t feel too crowded. Definitely worth the drive from Fairbanks!

Loved this trail! We did it while I was pregnant. Beautiful views

The first bridge to go clockwise was out, so it seems I stayed right and took the hard way. very steep climb that just kept going. I could see the tors, but couldn't really get to them. It was beautiful, but I have now idea how long this was since everyone seems to say different numbers here. It took me 90 minutes coming down the hill from where I stopped and I was going at a pretty fast clip.

**This hike is NOT 2.1 miles**
If you want to see the rock stuff from the feature picture, you need to hike at least 4.5 miles out (we turned around because we didn't have the energy to go any farther). Read the sign when you get there: This is a 15 mile hike. Nevertheless, we did this in the rain and it was beautiful!

In town from Alabama and found this trail. Great hike, awesome views. Did the whole loop and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There were quite a few people, but it never felt crowded. Worth the drive from Fairbanks. Highly recommend.

Completed solo. Absolutely splendid on the top. Not a hard trail in the summer.

Originally went to do the 3 mile loop, but that was closed. Apparently it’s been closed for quite some time. We continued up from that point for about an hour and a half. It’s nice, but nothing amazing.

3 months ago

This was a steep hike, but definitely worth the cardio workout! The rock formations and views from the top were unbelievable! There is some opportunity to do some rock scaling to truly take in the scenery from the pinnacle. Definitely recommend bringing bug spray for the hike on the way down (at least during the summer).

Great trail

Did the full 15 miles (27km) in one day. Totally worth it, the view with the granite tors is spectacular! :) Hikes it clockwise which was a good idea, that way the steepest section of the trail will be downhill.

hiking
3 months ago

Took the wife and kiddo for this challenging yet beautiful trail. Did not plan for a 15 miler in one day but it was certainly worth it. We went up the west loop and back down the east loop and it took around 8 hours. Other than the mosquitoes and swampy areas it was a great hike with a wide variety of terrain. I suggest leaving early and bringing plenty of mosquito repellent and water. Enjoy your hike.

this was a really good workout. the view was amazing. never really over crowded. the trail was really easy to follow.

Did all 15 miles in one day! Great hike, challenging at points

walking
4 months ago

fun hike really easy to head off to Chena hotsprings on accident

this trail was a really good workout, lots of great views, but the loop back was poorly marked. I would certainly hike it again, just being more aware.

This was my first hiking trip since moving to AK this year. I had 2 large dogs with me (a Mal and a GSD), and we hiked the short loop up to the point the loop is closed and we had to turn onto the East side of the long loop trail. It wasn’t as clearly marked as I’d have liked, so we turned back and went the entire West side of the long loop trail. It was beautiful, but the ascent/descent on such narrow and rough trails isn’t for the inexperienced hiker. Overall, it was a beautiful day, and we will definitely be going back regularly to explore further.

4 months ago

Awesome trail! Amazing views from the top of the rock outcroppings. Only con was the lack of trail markers which would have been helpful at points as many people have made their own offshoots that can add confusion.

Have done this trail more than a few times both during winter and summer months. The trail scenery is nice no matter what time of year!

Thru-Hiked this May 20th 2018. Still knee-high snow scattered along trail from mile 3 to mile 6, then mud for most of the remaining miles. Trail is difficult to find and follow due to snow. Views are amazing, but I won’t do this trail again until conditions improve.

hiking
5 months ago

I do this hike usually at least once a year, and it is a great one to bring visitors on—and then go for a soak in the hot springs afterward. As of May 16th, the snow is mostly gone. I was originally planning to continue on to the springs, however there is a lot of snow yet on the higher elevations. There are getting to be some pretty deep washout channels near the top. If you are looking for an early-season, mostly dry hike then Angel Rocks will fit the bill. Bring insect repellent.

Great trail, even during the early season! Great stream views and awesome free climbing and panoramic views at the top. Plus, the Chena hot springs are just 15 minutes down the road which is a great way to finish the day after a hike.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike was beautiful. I hiked it 5/4/18 and there was still a lot of snow everywhere. Wear good water proof/traction shoes and make sure to wear pants that cover the ankles otherwise when you sink in the snow, you will have wet feet along the way. Once we got closer to the top it was easier because it was more rocky than slushy but some areas getting back down were muddy. Just watch your step and follow the least resistant path. The view was breath taking. I’ll definitely hike this trail again.

was a little slippery due to snow melt, but had an overall good time. Only issue with the trail are some of the people you will meet while hiking. A lot of people do not pick up after their dogs and some do not leash them either.

Excellent hike! We went in mid March. The route wasn’t fully packed down and there are only markers every mile. Used the gps on this app whenever we second guessed the trail. Took us about 6-7 hours in snowshoes - the snow was commonly mid thigh deep.

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