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Trip report from my 3-day backpacking trip to the Gakona Glacier in the Alaska Range. Lots of photos, including some historical, a bit of route information, and a very interesting glacial feature.
Sugarloaf Ridge Trail is a very steep, 4.5-mile round-trip hike up Sugarloaf Mountain, beginning at the Grand Denali Lodge outside of Denali National Park. Photos, map, weather, and trail info.
Ermine Hill trail guide with trail and weather information, trail map, and detailed information on hiking this 7.6-mile out-and-back hike that connects to the K’esugi Ridge.
A guide to a few hikes in the Nome Creek hills from the Mt. Prindle Campground in the White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska. Great off-trail hiking on ridges across gorgeous tundra!
Thunderbird Falls is a highly trafficked out-and-back hike in Chugiak, Alaska (near Eklutna Village), about a 1/2-hour drive from Anchorage, Alaska.
The approximately 12-mile round-trip Mastodon Dome hike in the White Mountains of Alaska is located on the south side of the Steese Highway at the Eagle Summit Wayside.
It wasn’t easy to decide to post some route info and GPS data from my backcountry trips in Denali National Park. The National Park Service asks specifically not to share GPS tracks socially. It’s probably the only rule I’ve broken when it comes to the…
Description for a few Worthington Glacier hikes, starting at 2 miles and up. Maps, photos, information, and route descriptions.
Map and descriptions for numerous trails near the entrance and Visitor Center to Denali National Park. Trails for all walkers and hikers.
Keystone Canyon is a gorgeous 3-mile long canyon with enormous waterfalls and cliffsides near Valdez, Alaska. There are numerous hiking trails in the area.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is a phenomenal non-profit research institution, rescue and rehabilitation facility, and public aquarium all rolled into one. Sadly, due to COVID-19 they are at risk of closing permanently, see what you can do to help!
McManus Mountain is an excellent hike through tundra and alpine terrain near the twelve-mile summit off the Steese Highway. The area is covered in wildflowers in June and July.
Trail description and map for a popular 2-3 day hike up Mt. Prindle from Nome Creek in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. Great views of tors and valleys.
Route information for hiking Mt. Thoro and the Thorofare Ridge. Both hikes are off-trail, although fairly easy to navigate through rocky alpine tundra.
The nature trails at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary are a wonderful quiet spot to walk around Wander Lake and a perfect spot for birdwatching near town!
Map to travel and hiking locations around Alaska. Each location has a link to a guide on that spot with more detail and things to do or see.
The Twin Bears Trail is a relatively easy day hike at mile 29.5 Chena Hot Springs Road. The approximately 5-mile hike gains over 1300 ft. in elevation.
The Eielson Alpine Trail is a short, steep hike at the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park. Great views of the mountain and wildlife opportunity!
The Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is a great roadside stop near Valdez along the Richardson Highway with incredible views of the Glacier.
Info on hiking College Creek to College Glacier near the Hoodoos on the southern part of the Delta Mountains in the Alaska Range. Good backcountry hiking and fantastic views!
A fun, short (~5 mile), back-country, off-trail hike in the Teklanika foothills in Denali National Park. Open tundra and great views of Double Mountain!
Wickersham Dome Trail is a 6-7 mile out-and-back hike that travels through boreal forest to rocky alpine tundra. Great day hike near Fairbanks, Alaska.
Murphy Dome is a great place to view the aurora borealis from September to April in Fairbanks, Alaska. Directions, map, and some info to help you get there.
Tips on viewing and photographing the northern lights. Where to see the northern lights and how to plan your aurora chasing vacation!
Table Top Mountain Trail is a 3.5-mile hike with a short extension to the summit of a treeless, mesa-like mountain with great views of the White Mountains.
The Gulkana Glacier area has much to offer, including day-hiking, backpacking or mountaineering expeditions, or just a roadside view of the glacier.
The Healy Overlook Trail is a steep yet well-maintained, easy-to-follow, and relatively short 4.7-mile hike and offers gorgeous Alaska Range views.
Hiking guide to the 15-mile Granite Tors Loop in the Chena River State Rec Area. A moderately intense day hike or overnight hike amongst granite towers.
A casual back-country day hike to a large glacier, or start of a mountaineering adventure, the Castner Glacier offers great hikes and views of ice caves.
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery is a great place in Valdez, Alaska to potentially see Steller sea lions, seals, otters, eagles, bears, and, of course, salmon.
A guide to a few trails and hikes in Denali National Park in Alaska
The Savage Alpine Trail is a 6.5-mile loop or 4.2-mile point-to-point day hike in Denali National Park with beautiful alpine vistas and valley views.
Hiking guide with photos to the Harding Icefield Trail in the Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska. Easily one of the most stunning hikes I’ve been on.
Fed by the 700 square miles (1813 square km) Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains, Exit Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska.
The Canwell Glacier is an approximately 10-mile long valley glacier on the south side of the Delta Mountains in the Eastern Alaska Range. It is reasonably easy to access the area, but there are no nearby amenities and only one “Jeep” trail through the south…
The hike is steep, but not for long. It’s just less than 1-mile of climbing, and the steepest section is very short-lived at about 0.4-miles. The views are worth the climb, and you get a bit of everything. There’s a river-walk through the boreal forest,…
Creamer’s Field – Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200-acre wildlife refuge on a historic (non-operating) dairy farm. It is open to the public for walking and day use. Creamer’s Field has numerous trails through boreal forest and boardwalks over wetlands. A community based non-profit Friends…
The Savage River Loop is a 1.7 mile long well-maintained trail in Denali National Park that begins at the Savage River parking lot. It’s a very flat river-walk on a leveled trail. At the end of the trail, a footbridge crosses the river and brings…
Photos and review of the Museum of the North in Fairbanks Alaska. A great place to visit and spend time learning the history and natural wonders of Alaska.
Information on winter hiking in Denali National Park with weather forecasts and links to trail maps and details.