Go for a Hike

From paved trails with views of Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountains to winding trails through the temperate rainforest to hidden waterfalls, these hikes won’t disappoint. For a mild trail, check out the Girdwood to Indian Bike Path. The paved trail is easy to walk, and travelers have amazing views of Turnagain Arm the whole way.

Another mild trail to explore is the Winner Creek Gorge Trail. Be prepared for a unique adventure because to get all the way to the end of the trail, travelers will cross the Winner Creek Gorge on a hand-operated tram! Connected to the Winner Creek Gorge Trail is also the Iditarod National Historical Trail, fun for anyone who wants to experience a little bit of history on their hike.

Travelers who love hikes with impressive views should try the short Virgin Creek Trail, which ends at the 15-foot-high Virgin Falls. The ease of this trail combined with its amazing waterfall views makes it a favorite spot for local photographers.

Those who are up for a challenge should try the 2.2-mile ascent up 2,000 vertical feet of the north face of Mount Alyeska (and be rewarded with dining options at the top and even a free tram ride down) or the Crow Pass Trail, a stunning alpine hike that can take two or more days to complete though shorter day trips are possible.

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