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snow
3 days ago

I hiked all 15 miles of this monster 3-17 and it was absolutely brutal. Do not take the time frame for recommended use lightly as the snow on the trail made this a 9.5 hour hike for me. As the meltdown has began, the snow on the trail softened dramatically and staying on the hard pack snow that remains was like walking on a balancing beam—if you stepped off, you were knee high in snow in some parts, waist deep in others. I had my snowshoes on me and they made very little difference as there were parts where I was literally crawling along the trail as secure footing was absent. I’m sure it would have been a sight to see but I had the place to myself. I took the counterclockwise route up as there was a sign declaring that the lower bridge was out (but caution tape blocking off the route was torn apart) and around the 9.8 mile marker (counting down) I lost the trail completely under the snow. I wandered a couple hundred feet off course following what I thought was the trail but it stopped abruptly and left me scratching my head. This app actually saved my a** and my hike as I was able to use it to reorient myself and to rediscover the trail. It was definitely a stunning but trying hike in these conditions. I would wholly recommend holding off until the summer if you intend on fully enjoying the formations at the top. That said, stunning views and incredible rock formations with a sense of serenity that cannot be replicated.

do not go in the winter if you want to hike. skiing only!

Great trail. We walked it March 2019. Snow was well packed and trail was easy to follow. Lots of fun climbing on the rocks at the top. Easy hike per AK standards with only elevation gains near the end. Fun loop to do.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

This trail is extremely difficult during the winter (or beginning of spring) time. We rented snow shoes and to make our own path up the hillside. It wasn’t hard to stay on trail but the snow was too thick to continue past mile 3. The challenge was well worth it! Can’t wait to try it in the summer time.

hiking
16 days ago

I did this trail as a part of GE101 and wandered the area for an orienteering exercise for GE261. It’s an easy trail with barely any rise. Just stay off the ski trail in the winter—they’re rather protective of the ski route. The true charm is just off the trail in the wooded area where you can observe some melting ice wedges in the midst of thickets of trees in the summer months.

hiking
19 days ago

This is one of my go-to trails in the summer months. I’ve hiked Angel Rocks five times this past summer alone—I’ve brought friends and visiting family to this trail to give them a taste of Alaskan nature—and I definitely would not rate the trail as a moderate hike as it’s rather easy. I went snowshoeing 3/6 along this trail, as well, and it was absolutely stunning but the trail is quite narrow so I would suggest treading carefully.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Good for a short walk or a longer cross country ski

hiking
1 month ago

Super nice small hike with a great view at the top especially if you're adventurous enough to climb the rock faces to a higher view. Finished this hike back in June of last year. Definitely recommend this hike to everyone, child to adult. Keep it real

hiking
1 month ago

This is a single-track biking trail in the summer with lots of fun ups and downs and tight turns. Multi-purpose trail in the winter. It is not groomed, but it is well-used so the trail is generally well-defined and packed down.

one of my favorite places to walk. every season offers a different experience!

on Angel Rocks Trail

2 months ago

2 months 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.

It's a very long day to drive from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle. Seeing the Yukon river along the way was one of the highlights. Standing on the Arctic Circle was another. There is quite the variety of terrain along the way.

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.

fishing
5 months ago

Hello twins. ;)

hiking
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.

Flat and easy walking. Good opportunities for wildlife viewing and birding. Saw around 200 sandhill cranes in late August.

hiking
6 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.

Great for toddler hikers. Lots of birds and flocks of geese late summer as fall approaches.

Nice trail surface for walking or trail running. Wet spots likely in rainy weather. Groomed for Nordic freestyle and classic skiing during the season. Options for longer loops on UAF trails, though some can be swampy!

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