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Gems in Southcentral Alaska - 4

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gem Favorite There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.

Harding Icefield Overlook

(15) Bear Creek, AK
gem Favorite Root Glacier access taken in 2014.  Mt. Blackburn is the snow-capped mountain.

Root Glacier

(2) Kennecott , AK
gem Favorite Bonanza Mine ruins

Bonanza Mine

(1) Kennecott , AK
gem Favorite Like a sick person's tongue!

Toe of the Glacier

(1) Bear Creek, AK

Recommended Routes in Southcentral Alaska - 49

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Favorite There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.
Difficult

Harding Icefield Out and Back

8.3 mi 13.4 km 3,073' Up 936.77 m Up 3,074' Down 936.88 m Down

Bear Creek, AK
Favorite The east face of South Pioneer Peak just below the summit.
Very Difficult

South Pioneer Peak Hike

14.2 mi 22.9 km 7,207' Up 2196.7 m Up 7,207' Down 2196.57 m Down

Butte, AK
Favorite Fall Tundra in Chugach State Park.
Difficult

Crow Pass / Eagle River Trail - Iditarod National Historic Trail

23.0 mi 37.1 km 3,013' Up 918.26 m Up 4,036' Down 1230.09 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite Cook Inlet, Alaska
Difficult

Flattop Mountain

3.0 mi 4.8 km 1,244' Up 379.13 m Up 1,244' Down 379.13 m Down

Anchorage, AK
Favorite View of the Cook Inlet from the top of Penguin Peak
Very Difficult

Penguin Ridge Traverse

16.2 mi 26.0 km 7,876' Up 2400.55 m Up 7,848' Down 2391.92 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite Lower Reed Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Reed Lakes Trail

8.9 mi 14.3 km 2,027' Up 617.87 m Up 2,027' Down 617.95 m Down

Fishhook, AK
Favorite A glimpse of Prince Edward Sound at Portage Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Portage Pass Trail

4.4 mi 7.2 km 934' Up 284.68 m Up 933' Down 284.33 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite From the summit of Flattop. Chugach Mountains, Alaska.
Difficult

Flatttop to Ptarmigan Loop

9.4 mi 15.1 km 4,135' Up 1260.28 m Up 4,097' Down 1248.69 m Down

Elmendo…, AK
Favorite Wolverine Peak Trail, with Mt. Redoubt volcano on the horizon.
Difficult

Wolverine Peak

9.7 mi 15.7 km 3,542' Up 1079.53 m Up 3,542' Down 1079.49 m Down

Elmendo…, AK

Southcentral Alaska Hiking

  • 983 Miles 1,582 Kilometers of Trail
  • 51 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 52 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 111 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 85 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southcentral Alaska - 197

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2.5 mi 4.0 km #1Bird Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
6.6 mi 10.7 km #2Lost Lake Summer Trail
Intermediate
Bear Creek, AK
Intermediate
Bear Creek, AK
2.9 mi 4.7 km #3Mt. Alice Ridge Trial
Difficult
Seward, AK
Difficult
Seward, AK
2.2 mi 3.5 km #4Root Glacier Trail
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
2.0 mi 3.3 km #5Indianhouse Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
0.8 mi 1.3 km #6Flattop Mountain Trail
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
2.9 mi 4.6 km #7McHugh Peak Trail North
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8Flattop - Ptarmigan Route
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
1.9 mi 3.0 km #9Slaughters Ridge Trail #344
Difficult
Sterling, AK
Difficult
Sterling, AK
5.5 mi 8.9 km #10South Raina Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK

Photos of Southcentral Alaska - 349

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Ridge view looking southeast toward the southern Wrangells and St. Elias mountain ranges.
Feb 8, 2018 near unknown, unknown
The east face of South Pioneer Peak just below the summit.
Jan 26, 2018 near Butte, AK
Rainbow Peak scramble with expansive views.
Feb 16, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.
Aug 17, 2019 near Bear Creek, AK
Northwestern Glacier
Sep 27, 2017 near Seward, AK
Find yourself a campsite with a view of the glacier.
Jun 1, 2017 near Cordova, AK
Harding Ice Field, Seward, Alaska.
Jul 20, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
The Shores of Kenai Fjords
Apr 2, 2020 near Seward, AK