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.
Looking for proof of climate change? Just head up to America’s largest state, where park managers, scientists, and climbers say they’re already dealing with the effects of a warming Earth.
The Trans-Alaska Trail would be America’s wildest path—if a determined group of Alaskans can make it happen.
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
A group of determined Alaskans hopes to create an 800-mile trail that will trace the state’s famous pipeline from Arctic Sea to Pacific tidewater.
These 10 miles of pure Alaska experience are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
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.
Located in northeaster Alaska, ANWR is the largest wildlife refuge in North America with over 19 million acres. Photographer Chuck Graham explored the beauty of the refuge during a two-week, 160-mile excursion. Here, he shares his photos of the landscape, rivers, and wildlife.
There's no telling when the road to Valdez will re-open.