The White Mountains National Recreation Area is home to 200+-miles of trail traversing a million acres of wilderness and a mountain range named for the dominant color of its limestone foundation. To get there, drive 28 miles on the Elliott Highway from Fox (where it splits with the Steese) and look for signs marking the trailhead. The trailhead is the starting point for both the Summit Trail, and the Ski Loop Trail, a 5-mile loop and a nice option for a shorter hike with less elevation gain than the 7-mile out-and-back to Wickersham Dome.
Summit Trail follows a ridge all the way from Elliot Highway to Beaver Creek. There is a shelter cabin 8 miles from the trail head that is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blueberry and cranberry can be had along the trail, especially once you reach the first summit. Watch closely for bears in the brushy areas.
This trail is only used in winter because it crosses extensive wetlands. Look for the information board about local gold, the Dalton Highway and Walter Roman, who discovered the prehistoric blue ox; which is on display ay the UAF Museum of the North. The winter use trail leads 15 miles to Colorado Creek cabin.
This is a developed trail with boardwalks over the wettest areas. The trail climbs past wickersham dome at a fair grade and reaches its highest point at mile ten, then descends. If you intend to reach the Borialis-Lefevre Cabin, use extreme caution when crossing Beaver Creek. It can be dangerous at times of high water.
5th Avenue Park is where you will find the famous red and white striped North Pole. This is one of two poles made to place at the geographic North Pole where its twin still lays today. 5th Avenue Park features a playground, picnic tables, pavilion and access to Beaver Springs Nature Trail.
This hike is great for the early-rising fly fisherman. The lake is full of grayling and there are often caribou, moose and bears along the trail. The hike follows an old mining trail that parallels the Susitna River to Snodgrass Lake. There are many active mines along this hike and be sure to keep an eye out for grizzleys.
A winter use trail that accesses two cabins; Angel Creek Lower Cabin and Angel Creek Upper Cabin. It's possible to hike in during the summer, but the ground is usually very wet, so it's advisable to take the new summer trail to the upper cabin. It leaves from near the lower cabin and traverses the hillsides for several miles before descending to the upper More...
Murphy Dome is a recreational site most popular with ATV riders and hikers. It lies about twenty miles outside of the Fairbanks, most of which are traveled on Murphy Dome Road off of Sheep Creek Road which can be accessed from the UAF campus. This Dome is also a popular place to watch sunsets in the summer and fall, or to observe the northern lights in winter.