Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Always enjoyed this fairly quick yet challenging enough hike, with a great view of Anchorage. The American Flag at the peak makes a great photo.

trail running
21 hours ago

I run these trails all summer. There's a loop that's about 5 miles and another route that'll get you about 6 miles when starting from Ballaine Lake. Other access points to these trails are at Sheep Creek Road and the University ski hut. From Sheep Creek there's an additional trail along the road that goes a good ways. I've always turned back before zI've gotten to the end of that trail so I don't know how far it goes, but it would be an out and back.

Awesome short hike in any weather!

hiking
22 hours ago

Nice walk, not too many mountain views because you’re in the tree line. The snowshoeing here is great in winter!!

Super bad weather when I did it, but the summit is totally worth it. Forested area for the first half of trail is bear area so make noise. Also saw moose on the way up. View from the summit is great, you can see put into the range as well as back towards anchorage.

birding
1 day ago

We hiked to the upper most point of this trail where you can look downward at Lost Lake and enjoy a lunch break with a 360 view. Thats 5.5 miles in and again back out. In took us 2 hours 50 minutes. Out took 2 hours 20 minutes. The views of the mountains, Seward and the bay, the waterfalls.... wildflowers. Great hike.

One of my favorite trails yet! Very well kept, challenging yet plenty of scenic flat parts. Went to the top of the cliffs and it took about 4 hours.

Tuff, but rewarding scenery + views

Was a little confused how to get to trailhead. There is free parking at end of Alberg Street on the right. I went through the ski only entrance in woods then 5-7 mins later Winner Creek trail is on the right into the woods. Lovely nature all around. Nice views along Seward Highway to get there.

Kinda muddy, but so worth it!! The view from the top is amazing!! I definitely recommend this trail. Bring your gun and or bear spray we did see what looked like a bear paw print in the mud.

Booked this through Adventurous Wino’s and had an excellent time. Our guide was Allison, she was very informative and fun. The trail is moderate, my cousin and mother in law had no problems and they both have knee and hip problems. Loved this and would absolutely do it again.

The falls are beautiful. You can also access the falls with a shorter distance if taken from a trail head off of Slaughter Ridge Rd.

This is a wonderful place to bike or walk. We use these trails just about everyday!

on Otterbahn

1 day ago

I just proclaimed this an awesome trail. The review should indicate 5 stars! Sorry!

on Otterbahn

1 day ago

Awesome trail!.....with a multitude of botanical wonders!

Switchback, switchback, oh wait another switchback.... this is beautiful if you have the stamina to go the whole way. Got rained on but overall it’s as perfect as everyone says it is.

backpacking
2 days ago

Did this 38 mile trail in 2 1/2 days. Well marked with plenty of water resources, campsites and bear boxes. Beautiful views and easy elevation gain/drops.

hiking
2 days ago

What a wonderful hike for the family! Every stair was worth the view! What a Gorgeous view! I would highly recommend this.

hiking
2 days ago

Starts off flat and descends. Prepare to get eaten alive by huge mosquitoes. Well they help keep you at a good pace I suppose. Then around 1.5 miles you start ascending. Around 2.5 miles you start going up the hill but the trail never leads to the top. It takes you back down to a lake. Very anticlimactic. Two stars for the nice view on the way to the top of the hill that you will never reach. Only wildlife we saw was a wild chicken. It is the state bird of Alaska.

Short, nature walk. Views are okay for a short walk. Not something you would do twice. Trail does not get up close to falls for a good picture unless you climb make your way closer in mud.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike... it is def tough on the legs up and knees down. Overall took us just under 5 hrs. No bears were sighting, but was hailed on at the top. Highly recommend if you want to test yourself a bit.

Great trail with a reward at the top. Close to town and doesn’t take too long to complete. Great views of the valley on the backside of the mountain top.

Epic hike with my daughter on July 15, 2018. We made Summit and it was worth the steady and steep uphill trek. Once we hit the storm cabin we moved on to the epic summit where the views were heavenly. Definitely good to carry bear spray. We started at 10 am and it was very light traffic. By 4 pm when we were making our decent there were a lot of people. One of the best hikes ever. Layers are recommended as we went from warm woods to cold snowy mountain sides. Suggestion-
Make it to the summit!!!

hiking
3 days ago

Fun hike. We made it to the first bench and then home on a work night. It is very apparent that you gain elevation. The mosquitos, black flies and no-see-ums were annoying so definitely wear bug spray

Easy hike with two high-reward destinations closely accessible. The hand trolley is awesome, and the river gorge is impressive and beautiful. Access both from the road on one side or Alyeska Resort.

hiking
3 days ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

hiking
3 days ago

Well-maintained trail and great views of the mountains and river are worth the walk. Comfortable viewing platform highlights dozens of salmon and high potential for bear and bald eagle sightings. Small parking lot (with bathroom) but lots of people on trails. Bring bug spray.

absolutely beautiful hike. summit was cold, so bring appropriate wind breaker for your incredible summit photos. highly recommend, there is no othing else this beautiful and/or accessable from right outside Anchorage! Plus, if you go early, wildlife will be out. saw a massive grizzly and bull moose as you cross the first Bluff!

Absolutely gorgeous trail. I’m a beginner and found this to be super hard with all the incline but I pushed through it anyways. Highly recommend! Didn’t see any wildlife but the trails were in great shape.

Amazing hike. Don’t stop at the hand trolly keep going. The forest is beautiful and the trail is well maintained.

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