Explore the most popular views 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.

You definitely do not want to do this trail until the ice melts. I attempted to go today (3/23/18) however with the inclines it was pretty much impossible. Maybe if I had spikes on my shoes it would have been easier. I’ll be back because it was pretty.

2 days ago

This trail is great for locals and tourists alike. It is located IN Girdwood not 'near' Girdwood and if you have a well behaved dog let him/her romp in the woods leash-free. I'm a local and Girdwood loves dogs.

3 days ago

Loved hiking this trail 03-18-2018. We hiked to the hand tram with our 1 year old even though it is closed during Winter season. Snow was nicely compact and there was quite a few other groups hiking in the area. We noticed ski areas as well as signs leading the way for other trails. Use caution when hiking the bridge section, careful not to step on the sides of the bridge or else you'll be up to your hips in snow! We saw lots of snowmen on the trail and could see signs of spring approaching as the squirrels were running about, making noise and chasing one another. Very peaceful.

Uphill the whole way. Oof. Great views from the top, of course. Did round trip in 6-ish hours, including summiting, visiting shelter, eating lunch, and taking photos.

it's like I'm a kick-ass Billy goat jumping across all the rock formations. Love this trail.

Great afternoon winter walk. We took an hour and a half doing the loop. Pretty busy with fat bikes and cross country skiing but not to the point that it took away from the walk. No animal sightings. I look forward to walking this trail in the spring and summer!

Went there on January, it was snowing a lot, it got pretty hard, but amazing hike

We hiked this trail in July, 2017 and the trail itself is wonderful. It is well maintained and starts at an easy access point just outside of town (Skyline Trailhead). From here, you will follow a well defined trail with log bridges and log stairs as appropriate through many switchbacks up the East side of Mt Ripinski. The temperate rain forest is a delight to experience and very different if you are used to hiking in the lower-48 states. This trail is very accessible for those arriving in Haines for a day visit on a cruise ship although it offers interesting terrain that can satisfy even experienced local hikers. The highlight of the hike is a short southerly path which will take you right to the edge of the Haines Cliffs, which are one of the most readily visible landmarks within a short hike of town. Careful, watch your step on the ledge!

15 days ago

Fantastic, well maintained trail that was truly enjoyable to hike. Fairly highly trafficked so don't expect much privacy. The views are nice. In the summer season, you'll get to watch the flight-seeing planes flying along the valley below you. The trail can be hiked round-trip. If you aren't quite up to this, an easier option would be do a one-way hike and ride the Alyeska Aerial Tram the other way (be sure to check the schedule to see if it is running). If you hike up, the ride down on the Tram is free. Alternatively, pay for the Tram ride up and take the relatively easy hike down.

I loved the trails but a little overwhelming as to which one to go on, they do have maps ect though. Beautiful scenery and quiet, but not too quiet if you're a person hiking solo you'll feel safe.

21 days ago

Nice Easy Hike from Alyeska Resort to the Hand Tram that is (unfortunately) CLOSED IN WINTER.

Wonderful hike

23 days ago

used spikes because of enough ice under snow pack, but didn't need snowshoes. only person on trail, but trail is clear and easy to follow. fun to hike from downtown Juneau to the top of mountain and back to town for a good cocktail afterwards. view from top would be epic if the snowfall and wind came in during the missed of hike.

a buddy and I made this climb on 27 Dec 2017. Great hike......I recommend crampons for the decent. The views and silence were amazing.....we also saw some goats near the summit.

Great trail to get a workout on

The view is phenomenal. Hike is hard, so it'd be better if one is physically active.
Carry good amount of food and water and avoid hiking in rain if you don't have proper supplies.

My favorite hike ever

1 month ago

Hiked on 2-10-2018 for the first time. Just moved here from GA, no experience with hiking at all. This was our first hike here in Alaska.

It took my boyfriend and I about 3 hours to complete. We brought our 10 month old in the baby backpack. We kept a nice slow pace, pushing through a couple times on the steeper parts. Weather was nice, however the sun was not out this day. Once we got about 100 yards to the summit I decided to hang back on the rocks with baby. Basically 2 options to the summit - fresh deep snow or rock scrambling. I was not comfortable with either. Boyfriend did reach the top. It started snowing and was quite foggy at this point. Still a beautiful experience. We wore our micro spikes for extra traction - not much ice at all. However we found ourselves wishing we had trekking poles. Met 5 pairs of hikers along the way, 3 of those brought their dogs along. It was a great time.

one of my favorites. quick challenging day hike with killer views

1 month ago

This is a must. I’ve hiked the trail twice and it’s absolutely amazing! So many different landscapes and tundras.

Best time to hike it is July/August. If you go in May or June you’ll be hiking in snow on some sections of the trail. I’d also recommend hiking it in a few days (I did two nights three days) that way you can enjoy the amazing lakes and views.


Great hike, great views

Windy and sublime

It was a beautiful clear day! I just ran out of light so I wasn’t able to explore quite as much as I’d liked to have.

1 month ago

Was a lot of fun to do once but I wouldn't do it again unless I wanted the exercise, there's really hardly any views until you get to the top. Worth going once for sure.

A most beautiful place

A most beautiful place

A most beautiful place

amazing trail, yesterday climbed, on winter has good snow , reach to the 3 peak ,i needed use crampons, the snow is strong and very uphill

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