Anvil Rock perches above Nome, an early landmark for gold miners and an easy hike for those who want to take in spectacular views of Nome, the Bering Sea, and the Kigluaik Mountains. Its resemblance to a blacksmith’s anvil generated names for many nearby landscape features, including Anvil Mountain and Anvil Creek. The hike also promises a good chance to see musk oxen, a variety of birds, and maybe even reindeer or red fox.
Take the hike up Anvil Mountain for incredible views of the city of Nome and the Bering Sea beyond. Running up and down the mountain can be done in 22 minutes, as proven by the local cross-country team. You’ll probably want to take it a little slower, to enjoy the tundra flowers, wildlife and view from the top.