Alaska February 08, 2018
8 Majestic Trails Perfect For Exploring This Winter In Alaska
Winter hiking might seem intimidating, but it can be a great time to explore the Alaskan countryside. Without the mud of spring or the mosquitoes of summer, the trails are crunchy and slick, but gorgeous. Take to these trails any time of year, but don’t be afraid to try them in the winter. The views are splendid and the fresh air invigorating in the pristine wilderness of Alaska.
1. Flattop Mountain Trail, Anchorage
Flattop Mountain Trail is a well-traveled loop trail near Anchorage that runs 3.4 miles. Accessible year-round, the trail is used for a wide variety of activities. Dogs must be kept on leash.
2. Old Woman's Mountain Trail, Kodiak
The trail up this scenic mountain in Kodiak is open year-round. A popular out and back trail is welcoming to dogs as well as horseback riding. The trail heads up the mountain to a spectacular view.
3. Swampy Acres Loop, Kodiak Station
Swampy Acres Loop trail is a great trail to see wildlife to see wildlife. The loop stretches 3.8 miles and is accessible for many activities. Locals use this trail year-round for hiking and trail running.
4. Mount Ballyhoo, Unalaska
If you want to brave the snow, you can check out this 1.8-mile out and back trail. Used for walking and birding primarily, but available for all kinds of use.
5. One Duck Trail, Craig
A 5.3-mile out and back trail that has a lot of opportunities for wildlife viewing and scenic vistas.
6. Gavan Hill Trail, Sitka
This trail winds to the top of Gavan Hill and back to the trailhead. This out and back trail offers excellent views of the town of Sitka, and is not only open year-round, but dog-friendly as well.
7. Skilak Lookout Trial, Cooper Landing
The stunning Cooper Landing looks good any time of year. This 4-mile hike is moderate and heads out to an epic view and back.
8. Portage Pass Trail, Whittier
This 5.4-mile trail heads out and back to the Portage Glacier. If the trail is passable, it is absolutely thrilling to be out in the cool winter breeze at this breathtaking site.
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