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|Popular For||Dayhiking, cross-country ski, fat-bike, dog-mushing/skijoring, overnight in BLM cabins|
|Difficulty||Easy – moderate (steep sections)|
|Length||6.6+ miles roundtrip (10.6 km)|
|Elevation Gain/Loss||1300-1550 ft./396-472m|
|Region||Fairbanks – White Mountain National Recreation Area|
|Location||27.7-mile Elliott Highway|
Wickersham Dome Trail is a 6-7 mile out-and-back hike that travels through boreal forest to rocky alpine tundra. The established trail doesn’t go all the way to the summit, but it’s easy to find the way to the top. The first set of rock outcroppings brings you to some great views of the White Mountains and open landscapes. This is a popular turn-around, although you can hike to the actual summit where there is a radio tower and (slightly) better view of the area. Going to the summit will require a bit of navigation, but the majority of the trail is easy to follow.
This trail can be hiked year-round and a good portion of it is groomed in the winter. It tends to be much less crowded than many of the Chena River State Rec Area hikes like Angel Rocks. Portions of the trail are moderately steep, but it tends to not be a very strenuous hike. There are great views to be had at 3 miles and 1300 ft. of elevation gain, making for a fairly easy 6-mile hike.
Wickersham Dome Trail
The Wickersham Dome Trail begins near the parking entrance on the north side of the lot. It follows a wide, well-marked path along some rocky ridges and open tundra. After the first mile, the trail drops into the forest. This section can be very wet in the summer, even with boards laid down in the mud, so bring boots. After 0.4 miles in the forest, turn left at the trail junction toward the summit trail shelter.