Best Trail Running in Alaska
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01 :59 hrs
Considered to be one of the most scenic coastal trails in the entire country, the Tony Knowles Trail is sure to deliver an enjoyable outdoor experience. Scenery from the trail includes views of downtown Anchorage, Mount McKinley, and beluga whales out in the bay. The trail travels through lots of heavily forested terrain in the southern portion where a wide variety of wildlife can be seen. The paved pathway also connects to other trails in the Anchorage area for more riding options. The bike path becomes a popular cross-country ski destination in the winter and is a portion of the Tour de Anchorage cross-country ski marathon.
Alaska, Skagway County
02 :42 hrs
Laughton Glacier is located just north of Skagway, flowing off the Sawtooth Range into the watershed of the Skagway River. The experience of hiking to the glacier is enjoyable not only because of the beautiful scenery along the trail but also because the trailhead can only be accessed by a train that travels through some breathtaking landscape between Skagway and the Laughton Glacier Flag Stop. The hike is fairly easy up to the cabin but continuing all the way to the glacier is slightly more challenging. Contact the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for a current schedule and fares for the train ride. The trail is heavily used for guided hikes so expect to see others along the way.
Alaska, Anchorage County
00 :54 hrs
The hike to Thunderbird Falls follows a short but scenic trail that leads to both an overlook of the falls as well as to the base of the falls. The hike is a great option for an easy family hike in the Anchorage area. The falls are also a popular destination in the winter when the water freezes and forms interesting ice sculptures.
Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County
06 :18 hrs
Mantanuska is a prominent rock spire that gains over 5,700ft. in 6 miles. There is no extensive rock-scrambling, just some boulder hopping involved. The trail follows along the creek and then becomes quite rocky. Bears and other wildlife are native to the area so take precaution.
00 :40 hrs
Easy and very popular. Nice wild roses out and other flowers. Pouring rain does not stop most Anchoragians. And they don't do umbrellas either, that's for tourons.
Alaska, Anchorage County
01 :28 hrs
Russian Jack Springs Park is a historic park located in a busy suburban area of Anchorage that offers a network of paved and unpaved trails for outdoor recreation. Many of the trails in the park are lit for nighttime cross-country skiing which is a popular activity here in the winter. The park also offers good hiking, frisbee golf, picnic areas, and a greenhouse for the warmer months.
06 :37 hrs
Wolverine Peak is one of the most prominent mountain peaks in Chugach State Park and provides a popular and worthwhile day hike in the Anchorage area. The long and strenuous climb to the peak results in excellent views of multiple lakes and mountain valleys below. There is a lot of elevation gain up steep rocky terrain to reach the peak so hiking poles can prove to be very useful for the hike. At the very top of the peak there are bugs and wind so you may not want to spend too much time at the very top. Luckily there are some nice spots on the way up where you can stop and enjoy the views in more comfortable conditions. The trail is popular, especially during the summer, so expect to see lots of other hikers along the trail.
Alaska, Skagway County
05 :48 hrs
The Dewey Lakes trail system is easily accessible from downtown Skagway and offers a wide variety of hiking options for all skill levels. The trail access multiple mountain lakes above the town, including the Lower and Upper Dewey Lakes as well as Devil's Punch Bowl. The trail to the lower lake is short but steep. The trails up to the upper lakes are also steep and much more strenuous. There is also a trail junction for the Sturgill's Landing trail and a loop trail that circles around the lower lake so pay close attention to trail markers when exploring the area.
02 :52 hrs
The ride up to Powerline Pass is a long and steady climb to a high pass where riders will enjoy awesome views of the Indian Valley, Turnagain Arm, and surrounding mountain peaks. The gravel trail consists of both doubletrack and singetrack that is fairly easy to follow but is strenuous and technical in a few spots. There is the option of continuing over the pass down to Indian for a one-way ride but this is very steep over some rough trail and should only be attempted by very experienced and brave riders. There may be snow along sections of the trail until June and wind can be an issue at the top so come prepared for the elements.
Alaska, Juneau County
02 :17 hrs
Mendenhall Glacier is located a short drive from Juneau and is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Alaska. The area offers multiple trails that explore different sites in the park with varying difficulties and distances to suit hikers of all skill levels. The West Glacier Trail starts on the west side of the lake by the campground and leads through dense forest, right up near the base of the glacier. The hike has a few small climbs and can be muddy and slippery. The area is great for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, but there is some bear danger so be prepared and pay close attention to your surroundings.
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