Best trails in Girdwood, Alaska

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Looking for a great trail near Girdwood, Alaska? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Chugach State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kincaid Park or Eagle River Nature Center. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Girdwood ranging from 1.6 to 19.3 miles and from 78 to 728 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Girdwood, Alaska
Top trails (20)
#1 - Winner Creek Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
This trail can be started on either end. The mapped route on this page has the hiker starting at the Alyeska Hotel, however hikers can also start at the Winner Creek Trailhead. The first portion of the trail is wheelchair accessible. There is a hand-tram along this route that provides access over Glacier Creek.Show more
#2 - Byron Glacier Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Trail offers an easy walk for all ages. It allows a close-up view of a glacier with rugged, mountains in all directions. A good family outing with a variety of things to do for the whole family. Users have reported winter trail closures, please check ahead before hiking. The alder/cottonwood forest is lush with ferns for a serene beginning to the hike. Byron Creek is a cascading, whitewater, glacial creek. The many stones along its bank offer many imaginative activities for children and adults (rock skipping, fort building). Snowfields left from the previous winter's avalanches supply many snowballs for those inclined to a friendly contest. The trail branches in many directions as it nears the snowfields below Byron Glacier. Bouldering on the rocks of the side and terminal moraines can be a challenge. Portage Lake and Valley can be seen looking north from the trail.Show more
#3 - Crow Pass, Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
#4 - Virgin Creek Falls
Girdwood, Alaska
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 19 m
The Virgin Falls are in an amazing rain forest and the best part of this trail. With parental guidance children could easily hike the short distance to the falls. If you are into hiking with elevation, this is a good trail. Show more
#5 - Crow Pass Trail from Girdwood Trailhead
Chugach State Park
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Length: 26.0 mi • Est. 11 h 7 m
This trail is extremely beautiful, but also extremely challenging. The trail is poorly marked and can often times be washed out in certain sections. Weather changes quickly and there are many river crossings. Some can be quite challenging as water may be high, hip deep and extremely powerful. This trail can be accessed from the Eagle River Nature Center (the end-point on this route). Please note that starting from there is much more strenuous as the extreme uphill will be in the last 10 miles of the hike.Show more
#6 - Mount Alyeska
Girdwood, Alaska
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#7 - Winner Creek Trail via Crow Creek Road
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 57 m
Start at the Winner Creek Gorge Trailhead to hike to the Hand Tram and Winner Creek GorgeShow more
#8 - Penguin Peak Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
#9 - Bird Valley Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 19.3 mi • Est. 7 h 54 m
#10 - Jewel Mountain via Crow Pass Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h
This trail goes off route from the Crow Pass Trial to reach Jewel Mountain. This isn't a great hike for dogs as there is rocky terrain and many icy snow hills. The trail is best accessed from July to September. June is usually too early for the off-trail part of Jewel Mountain unless the hiker is comfortable hiking on steep snow covered hills. In June, much of the final part of the route before the peak will still be covered with snow and it is used for aggressive backcountry skiing. Unless you have an ice axe, crossing the snow on steep hills could be dangerous. Show more
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