A terrific out-and-back option from Hotel Alyeska with opportunities to see lots of wildlife through lush forest. This route ends at the Winner Creek Gorge and traversing hand tram, which can be an exciting feature for all ages.
Check trailhead signs for the tram status.
This trail starts at the T-intersection just past the Hotel Alyeska. They've worked on a new section of trail and covered it with wood chips. Follow this trail and stay right on the dirt road. After heading uphill for a bit, watch for a trail to the right.
There's not an obvious sign, but it's an obvious trail. This connects you to the actual Winner Creek Trail
, where you'll hang a left and continue up a short incline. After that, the trail is fairly level, and there's a long section of planks with steps.
After the plank section, you'll come to an intersection. Stay left to continue to the hand tram. If you go right on the Upper Winner Creek Trail
it becomes slightly more technical with tricky footing over large rocks, roots, and obstacles!
The hand-tram trail is much easier but does have a few rocks. You can turn around at the hand-tram or continue across the tram to the Crow Creek Road.
This is a popular trail with other pedestrians and bikers so be aware of other visitors and moose too!