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Alaska Backpacking Trails

Kenai Fjords National Park: Harding Icefield Trail

Get a front row seat of retreating glaciers on this challenging 8-mile out-and-back to the Harding Icefield. No crampons or ice axes are needed during the summer hiking months.

Anchorage: Primrose Trail

This old mining trail offers a 6-mile out-and-back on the shaggy, rugged Kenai Peninsula.

Anchorage: Little Coal Creek

Taste Alaskan wilderness without the national park crowds on this 4.2-mile dayhike. Or continue hiking up to 36 additional miles for an extra-long day, an overnight, or a weekend.

Denali National Park: Savage River Loop

On a tight travel schedule? Sample Denali on a rugged 3.8-mile loop to a rocky playground of Dall sheep and panoramas of North America’s tallest peak.

Anchorage: Lazy Mountain

Don’t be fooled by the name: You’ll climb 3,000 feet in 2 miles to a summit with spectacular views of rivers, mountains, and ocean.

Denali National Park: Healy Overlook

Enjoy fabulous views of the highest peaks in the Alaska Range (Mounts McKinley, Deborah, Hess, and Hayes) on this 6-mile round-trip.

Talkeetna Mountains: Independence Pass-Bomber Pass

Glaciers, high passes, and pristine tundra highlight this intermediate hike.

Revelation Mountains: Stony River Loop

You’ll need multisport skills to scramble, glacier-trek, and paddle through these rarely seen towers.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: Southern Traverse

Thirteen days of tough travel takes you through the heart of the world’s largest protected wilderness.

Denali National Park: Mount McKinley

Sample the perils of North America’s tallest peak in this Q&A with mountain guide Mike Haugen. Plus, downloadable GPS coordinates and photos.

Anchorage, AK: Mount Gordon Lyon Loop

Savor backcountry solitude on a ridgetop snowshoe hike in Chugach State Park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: Bonanza Mine

Pack mining history and Alaska-sized summit views into a challenging dayhike.

Anchorage, AK: Fort McGilvray via Fort Trail

5-mile out-and-back meanders shale-covered beaches to an historic World War II fort perched on a rocky headland above Resurrection Bay.

Denali State Park: Little Coal Creek Trail

Nibble wild blueberries as you climb to dramatic views of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley on this easy, 4.3-mile out-and-back in the Talkeetna Range.

Anchorage, AK: Crow Pass Trail

Cross the west edge of the Chugach for glaciers, bears, and wildflowers.

Denali National Park: The Castle via Bison Gulch

Don’t be fooled by the low mileage: This challenging trek to a cluster of rock spires climbs nearly 4,000 feet in 3 miles, passing wildlife and breathtaking views across Denali National Park.

Denali National Park: Mount Eielson Loop

This 14.6-mile hike in Denali National Park circles Mount Eielson and features scenic creek crossings and jaw-dropping views of the Alaska Range.

Denali National Park: Mount Wright

This 4.7-mile out-and-back climbs to the expansive, 4,275-foot summit of Mount Wright for endless views of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park.

Anchorage, AK: Bird Point

Watch the bore tide in Turnagain Arm and tour a scenic section of the Indian-to-Girdwood bike path on this easygoing, 1.9-mile hike less than an hour from Anchorage.

Kenai Fjords National Park: Exit Glacier Loop

Hike to the edge of the Exit Glacier on this memorable, 2-mile loop in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Seward, AK: Resurrection Bay Paddle

Paddle past glacier-covered peaks and lush mountainsides on this 6.5-mile out-and-back that visits a small beach in Resurrection Bay.

Delta Mountains, AK: Castner Glacier

Witness the effects of climate change on a challenging trek in the Delta Mountains.

Chugach National Forest, AK: Devil’s Pass

Easy routefinding and life-list sights make this hike from Devils Creek to Summit Creek a must for Alaska novices.

Chugach National Forest: Johnson Pass Trail

Hike a historic, kid-friendly trail to wildflower meadows and fish-filled lakes.

Kenai Fiords National Park: Harding Icefield

Hike a classic in Kenai Fords–and escape the crowds by making it an overnight.

Chugach State Park, AK: Flute Glacier

Just minutes from Anchorage, score big scenery fast on the South Fork of Eagle River.

Talkeetna Mountains, AK: Grizzly Pass

Hike to a private paradise up the Little Susitna River in the Talkeetna Mountains.

Valdez, AK: Thompson Pass to Point Odessey

See the awesome Valdez Mountains on this 5.4-mile, off-trail adventure to Point Odyssey.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: The Goat Trail

Hike a smarter variation of the Goat Trail on this five-day adventure in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: Hidden Creek Lake

Journey up a 10-mile-long glacial highway–linking Root and Kennecott Glaciers–in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Chugach Mountains, AK: Lost Lake

Bring plenty of supplies to this alpine plateau in the Chugach Mountains–you’ll want to extend your stay.

Glacier Bay National Park: Muir Inlet Paddle

Explore the inner reaches of the Muir Inlet on this 5-day paddle in Glacier Bay National Park.

Anchorage, AK: South Fork Valley Trail

This 10.2-miler in Chugach State Park threads through a broad river valley to two backcountry lakes teeming with trout and views of 6,000-foot peaks.

Juneau, AK: Perseverance Trail

Less than five minutes from downtown Juneau, this 6.5-mile dayhike climbs through lush rainforest to two glacier-fed waterfalls.

Denali National Park: Anderson Pass

As every student of wilderness knows, Denali’s rewards—raw Alaska, awe-inspiring wildlife, soul-quieting solitude—are commensurate with the challenges. Get them all on a 31.8-mile crown-jewel trip that climbs to Anderson Pass, the only nontechnical path across the Alaska Range.

Life List Trips in Denali National Park

From the highest point on the continent to world-class views deep in the Alaska Range, this bundle serves up a variety of trips in Denali National Park.

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