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Best Alaskan Hikes for Trail Lovers

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If you are as active in your everyday life as you are when you are on vacation, you will love the challenging hiking opportunities in Alaska. If lounging by a sunny pool is just not your style and you would rather get your heart beating with some adventure, this northern paradise is right up your alley.

Alaska has over 50 million acres of the most pristine and wondrous landscapes for hikers to enjoy. The wilds are not suited for inexperienced hikers that are unfamiliar with the risks but there are several stunning day hikes that are perfect for most hikers.

Interior hiking should be done with an experienced guide that can help you navigate the rugged and challenging terrain. Stay for a few days in a rustic cabin like those from Baycrest Lodge and get your fill of the outdoors by fishing, hiking, and camping in some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet.

Let’s take a look at some of the most stunning and accessible hiking trails that shouldn’t be missed on your adventurous trip to Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier

Alaska is one of the only places in the world where you can see the remaining ice glaciers. These massive slabs of impenetrable ice and snow are disappearing at an alarming rate due to rising seasonal temperatures. Before it is gone, a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier is a once in a lifetime experience.

Your adventure begins along the shores of Mendenhall Lake where you can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and valleys. After a short canoe ride across the lake, you will be free to explore the wonders of the glacier up close. Crampon traction spikes are available for rental to help you keep your balance on the icy surface.

Crow Pass

This stunning 8-mile looping trail is part of the infamous Iditarod Sled Race. This historic trail is a moderate hike for most people with an increased elevation of 2,000 ft.

Hikers can view the unparalleled vistas and rugged wilderness while hiking past ancient mining ruins and the beautifully clear waters of Crystal Lake. You can even explore the edges of the vast Raven Glacier on the upper loop of the trail.

East Twin Pass

This breathtaking trail is only about an hour’s drive north of Anchorage, making it perfect for a day-hiking trip. This 9-mile long loop along the rugged shores of Eklutna Lake will take you up to 3,000 ft where you can enjoy the epic vistas of the Alaskan landscape.

The top of the trail is a favorite of many artists and photographers. It is important to note that the front of the trail to the top is very well maintained and a moderate hike for most hikers. However, the back of the trail is more broken up and considered to be a fairly steep journey.

Eielson Ridge

You can’t miss a visit to Denali National Park on your trip to Alaska. If you love an active vacation you will not be disappointed by all that this park has to offer. One of the favorite hikes in the area is to Eielson Ridge. You can grab a ride on a shuttle transport that will take you out to the trailhead and pick you up after your hike.

This hike will find you in the foothills of Mt. McKinley and is only 1 mile to the ridge. You could spend the whole day just taking in the views, or choose one of the many trails that help you wind your way back down to the bottom.

If you prefer a vacation that is full of adventure that caters to your active lifestyle you will be thrilled with the hiking opportunities that Alaska has to offer.

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