Explore the most popular hiking trails near Chena Hot Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Angel Rocks Trail

13 days ago

18 days ago

Easy but beautiful hike! River and ridge views.

Very rewarding hike. It’s moderately difficult especially if you aren’t in shape, but it’s worth it. The view was spectacular. Would definitely hike this trail again.

We hiked this trail one way with 4 adults 4 kids and a doggy. We staged a car at CHS. Great hike! The views were beautiful! We did it in October which was a little chilly and a bit slick with snow on the steeper parts.
Will def do this again sometime! A soak at the end of the hike is perfect in fall!!!

I have been wanting to do this hike for the past 2 years and was finally able to do it the end of September. I am so thrilled (to this day) that we did this hike! It was beautiful!!! My husband and I did this hike in 8 hours! Total miles tracked on our watches was 16.3 miles round trip (started in parking lot), we did get side tracked (lost) a couple times.
I am not in super great shape but I do love my hikes; it's a total heart thumper going up! I still don't know how we did 16 miles in 8 hours.
In the beginning of the trail, we thought the bridge was out, going to the left in the beginning, but we stuck to it and it wasn't closed off (even though there was a little sign/post saying it was). The markers around the 8-9 mile mark started getting a little sparse but we followed the inukshuks that we saw and they got us to the shelter, around mid point. It's not a huge shelter but it's good for a break from cold weather! I had originally thought there were only 6-7 Tors on this hike, OOOH MY GOODNESS was I wrong!!!! They were everywhere along the top! I wish we could have camped out up there, to check them all out, but time didn't permit. I really felt like we were on a completely different planet and the mountain views were amazing.
The trip down, we got a bit lost. The sign in the middle of the last flat area was turned around so we walked past it, thinking it was just the sign for the people coming up on that side. Again, going down, the markers were sparse and some were hidden pretty well but we made it out of there!!!!
I will definitely do this trip again!!! I think it is totally worth the time to try, if you're in the Fairbanks area.

Loved this one! Hiked to the hot springs then had to hitch hike back to the trailhead... we finally got a ride from some fellow travelers - lots of people drove right on by.

hiking
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

6 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
7 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
7 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.

7 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!

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