Alaska August 10, 2019
Walk Beneath The Aspens On This Easy Trail In The Interior Of Alaska
The Ester Dome Trail has an inner loop that has you walking through a magical aspen and birch forest. The trail is stunning in all seasons, and offers a beautiful immersion into nature on a well groomed path. Enjoy a break from the fast pace of life by strolling through this forest!
If you are looking for a lovely ramble of a walk, the Ester Dome Inner Loop Trail in Fairbanks is perfect!
An easy trail, it’s only a 2.7 mile loop in the area around Ester Dome. As it’s a shorter distance, it’s a nice route for beginners!
The elevation gain is minimal, which makes this hike nice for many different ages and abilities.
You will only climb about 465 feet total elevation gain. That gain is all through a series of gradual switchbacks, so there’s no hard push up a steep hill anywhere!
You can spot plenty of wildlife while you’re hiking this trail!
Moose are frequent visitors to the area, as well as many types of birds. There are occasionally bears in the area, so keep an eye out while you’re in the forest.
This route is even popular in the winter!
It becomes a multi-purpose trail in the winter. Make sure to bring your crampons in case it gets icy, or strap on your snowshoes or cross country skis for a fun winter outing!
Even though the trail is open all seasons, the locals ask that you are careful when it’s very wet and muddy.
Digging in deep tracks when the ground is wet creates an unstable walk once the earth dries. The muddy ruts tend to stay around the rest of the year when they’re created during break up!
This isn’t your traditional trailhead with a large, attached parking lot.
It can be a little hard to spot if you are unfamiliar with the area. The trailhead is about 1.5 miles up Ester Dome Road, with a pullout on the left side of the road. Keep your eyes peeled for the pullout!
This trail is truly perfect for the whole family and all skill levels.
The trailhead is accessible in all seasons. You can find it at this Address: Ester Dome Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.