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Winner Creek to Hand Tram

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice wide trail from the Alyeska Tram to the hand tram over Glacier Creek.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Out and Back

607' 185 m

High

278' 85 m

Low

571' 174 m

Up

571' 174 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Moderate length with minimal grade challenges. Sections of boardwalks and the hand tram are exciting features to explore.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

Check trailhead signs for the tram status.

Description

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!

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  4.5 from 8 votes

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The snowcat bridge you cross at the Winner Cr. trail junction (avoid the 1st part of A1 Ridge like the plague! Take Winner Cr. trail to A1 and split off here).
Jul 4, 2021 near Girdwood, AK
No worries about wet feet on the Winner Cr. Trail.
Jul 4, 2021 near Girdwood, AK
This is just one of several views of the mountains below the timberline.
May 9, 2017 near Girdwood, AK

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