These 10 Trails Lead To The Most Secluded Hot Springs In Alaska

Alaska is dotted with hot springs and soaking the icy chill off in hot water is an Alaskan pastime from time immemorial, long before Westerners arrived. Many are conveniently located for the traveler, but the easy-to-reach spots can be overcrowded and not quite the relaxing escape most people crave at a hot spring. To truly get away from it all, including the crowd, you have to go farther into the Alaskan wild and that often requires hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. For those who want to earn their soak, these trails to remote and interesting hot springs provide a rewarding experience.

You may need to climb a hill, fight through the branches, or slog through a muddy spot, but when you get to soak your tired muscles in a hot pool of pure mineral water in a beautiful Alaskan hideaway, with just a few others around, all the trouble is worth it. These hot springs spots are the hot watering holes that Alaskans have been sneaking off to for hundreds of years, since a hot soak in cold weather never goes out of style. So get a crew and plan a nice long weekend to spend conquering the wild and recharging in the waters.

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