Explore the most popular historic site trails in Alaska with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12 days ago

Easy trail in the winter, it is pretty icy right now. I didn't use cleats or spikes, but will if I go again before spring. It is hard to keep track of the trail at times, and there was a pretty steep hill to go down on the ice. I will be checking it out again in the summer.

1 month ago

The trail was beautiful, fresh snow. We were there in the morning and the sun shining On the other mountains illuminated their profile beautifully! Windy at the top however you get to see an entire view of Turnigan arm from one side!! No snow on the road up their and it was a rough ride.

walked all around the mine. very interesting

Fun, challenging trail with beautiful views from the top

This was an absolutely perfect day for hiking this trail. Beautiful views, a few varying temperatures but hey that’s what you get in Alaska. One thing I wish I had known prior to arrival was that there is a $5 fee to park at the lodge area. This was my first time hiking the trail and had to make a decision at the fork in the trail as to go left or right. Decided to go right which took us up the path along the ski lift. That path is fairly vertical and will wear you out fast with the gain in elevation. Not for the novice hiker in my opinion or if you want a more leisure hike. Once to the top there were spectacular views of all the changing colors of the landscape below. It is solemnly quiet at the top. Started at 5 pm so the clouds began gently rolling in and gave an amazing show as they crept across the tops and through some of the saddles. Also we found the easier trail that has far less elevation gain up to the ridge-line-between the two peeks. After taking in the spectacular show of the sunlight through the clouds, we headed down the backside ridge-line and followed the spring track. The mountain spring was flowing gently and provided some great sounds. The sun was beginning to get pretty low and provided breathtaking scenery at a much more enjoyable descent. There were 6-7 people we crossed paths with on the hike. I would highly recommend this for someone likes evening hikes for how gorgeous the day was. If you plan on hiking this trail on a wet day make sure you have good shoes or boots. Well worth the work to get to the top.

4 months ago

Nice easy hike through beautiful wooded area... but the roots are terrible! Wear proper shoes to support your ankles and be careful on the hills.

Loved the view, easy trails to walk on.

Went all over not just by the buildings. Hiked up to the cross and in back by the yurt and A- frame. . Will be beautiful in the fall.

lovely trail. lots to view. we took our 9month old son and he enjoyed the hike. it wasn't too bad in elevation and it was a easy hike.

5 months ago

A lovely little hike that I was able to do with my 70 year old parents. It checked all the boxes we were hoping for in a hike — great views, lush forest setting, wildlife (bald eagle sighting!), manageable trail, a beautiful stream, and even some fun surprises like a cool old wreckage of some sort. The only downside were the mosquitos!!! They were awful! Be sure to pack bug spray!

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

Great hike. Close to Anchorage and suitable for many.

Hiked up to marmot ridge. Nobody but us!! Beautiful and total isolation. Old mining equipment and a man made mining tunnel.

6 months ago

nice view from the platform. I like the view on the flats better myself. It wasn't a problem for me but there are a lot of roots in the trail so pick up your toes. The time of year I was out on this little trail there were swarms of flies and mosquitos so bring your bug spray or wear the righ clothes.

6 months ago

Heck. This hike is nicely steep but the view is so amazing!! Well worth the sweat on a nice day.

The road was still closed due to the amount of snow but it was open to pedestrians on foot. There were quite a few people walking up and back from the old mining town. Lots of signs to read and learn from. It was kind of neat to have waste deep snow and then we drove 10 minutes down the road to the Gold Mint Trail and took our jackets off because we were too warm!

very nice trail not to hard ...

The view is as always gorgeous, just make sure to wear proper hiking shoes / boots as it’s still pretty muddy in the end.

8 months ago

it's pretty easy trail and beautiful sights. It's perfect for my slow self getting into hiking and getting conditioned.

Monday, January 15, 2018

It was a nice a walk. It has a nice view and even not being there long we saw an eagle. I'll definitely go back in the summer or spring to see what other birds are in the area.

Monday, October 16, 2017

nice short trip if your not looking to be out for a long time. there are lots of off shoot trails to explore and absolutely beautiful little creek.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Good hike. Not to strenuous for people in just ok shape

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Road was closed, but still a nice hike.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Love this hike. Took an hour to walk and explore the history of the mine.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great place to get out in nature but many much better hikes available all around the area.

Friday, July 28, 2017

This trail is used most often by locals. The trail is well used and wanders through heavily canopied trees. Most of the wildlife will be of the bird variety, and as you walk along the bluff that overlooks the Hayflats, you will hear Sandhill Cranes in their summer migratory area in addition to other migratory birds. There is currently one eagle's nest along the bluff area of the trail. In addition, if you look carefully, you will see the remains from old Native American lodge sites and cache pits. The real beauty of the trail is the overlook site about 100' from the parking lot where you are rewarded with beautiful views of the Chugach Mountains and the Palmer Hayflats.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We went on a fight day! Have to go back when the sun is out!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good hike, nothing technical. Would be better if the suns out. Today it was cloudy and nothing to see but clouds. The café at the trail head was open which is nice for after a hike. Dogs welcome. There are several trails leading up the valley from but all lead up, so pick one and follow it. From the top of the saddle to the summit, its a little steep but nothing to crazy. Hiking in the clouds made it seem like several false summits. But after about 20-25 minutes I finally made it. Hopefully next time the suns out.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great after work hike!

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