Alaska, known for its multitude of lakes, extensive coastline, and defining mountain peaks and glaciers, is the largest state in the U.S. northwest. Beside's Alaska's meandering coastline, the Alaska interior is marked by rivers such as the Yukon River, as well as arctic tundra land and shorelines.
Alaska is home to popular national parks and backpacking destinations like Denali National Park -- home to Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet -- as well as others such as Kenai Fjords and Wrangell - St. Elias.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips in Alaska.
[Member Exclusive] You don’t need to renew your passport to make memories this year: Get out and get hiking with these phenomenal, uncrowded destinations.
Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.
These ten point-to-point treks pack the payoffs of a thru-hike, but they're hikeable in a week.
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As a gateway to the Chugach National Forest, a trip to Cordova is a primer in hiking southern Alaska