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571 mi 918 km of trail 52 Recommended Routes

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 47 Trails Intermediate Trails 105 Trails Hard Trails 92 Trails
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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 - 48

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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 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 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 Tucker Mountain summit looking west at the ridgeline
Difficult

Baldy to Mile High

15.3 mi 24.6 km 6,113' Up 1863.38 m Up 5,796' Down 1766.55 m Down

Eagle R…, AK
Favorite Summit view looking north toward Knik Arm and Denali.
Difficult

Harp Mountain

3.2 mi 5.1 km 2,593' Up 790.43 m Up 2,592' Down 790.19 m Down

Eagle R…, 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

Trails in Southcentral Alaska - 192

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2.5 mi 4.0 km #1Bird Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
2.9 mi 4.7 km #2Mt. Alice Ridge Trial
Difficult
Seward, AK
Difficult
Seward, AK
2.2 mi 3.5 km #3Root Glacier Trail
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Flattop Mountain Trail
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
3.7 mi 6.0 km #5Flattop - Ptarmigan Route
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
5.5 mi 8.9 km #6South Raina Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK
4.2 mi 6.8 km #7Hope Point Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
9.4 mi 15.1 km #8Turnagain Arm Trail
Intermediate
Anchorage, AK
Intermediate
Anchorage, AK
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Indianhouse Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail
Difficult
Valdez, AK
Difficult
Valdez, AK
2.9 mi 4.6 km #11McHugh Peak Trail North
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
10.1 mi 16.2 km #12Devil's Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bear Creek, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Bear Creek, AK
1.9 mi 3.0 km #13Slaughters Ridge Trail #344
Difficult
Sterling, AK
Difficult
Sterling, AK
1.1 mi 1.7 km #14Hideout Trail
Intermediate
Sterling, AK
Intermediate
Sterling, AK
1.1 mi 1.8 km #15South Avalanche Mountain Trail
Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
0.3 mi 0.6 km #16Lee's Train
Intermediate/Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Anchorage, AK
0.5 mi 0.8 km #17Potter Marsh Trail
Easy
Anchorage, AK
Easy
Anchorage, AK
3.7 mi 5.9 km #18Bold Peak Route
Very Difficult
Butte, AK
Very Difficult
Butte, AK
2.3 mi 3.7 km #19Knoya Peak Trail
Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
2.6 mi 4.2 km #20Twin Peaks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Butte, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Butte, AK

Photos of Southcentral Alaska - 333

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Ridge view looking southeast toward the southern Wrangells and St. Elias mountain ranges.
Feb 8, 2018 near unknown, unknown
Rainbow Peak scramble with expansive views.
Feb 16, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
The east face of South Pioneer Peak just below the summit.
Jan 26, 2018 near Butte, AK
Knoya summit view looking east northeast toward Temptation Peak (and a malamute)
Apr 30, 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