The Nizina River is a classic Alaskan monster—almost 1.5 miles wide. Once stepping out of the forest you may need to walk 20 minutes to reach the river channel currently being used. Walk around and you'll find here lots of cool rocks, as well as rewarding views of the dramatic Chugach Mountains that you won't get from McCarthy or Kennicott. You'll also catch a glimpse of the historic steel bridge once used as part of the route to the gold strikes. (Two missing spans make the bridge inoperable and inaccessible.) You can bike here (bring your own bike or rent one) or just walk—if you do, plan on at least 2.5 hours each way. It's a steady, gradual, uphill to the shoulder of Sourdough Mountain, then a quick descent down to the river. It can get very muddy in places (be prepared), and be alert for bears. The bike ride home, once climbing back out from the river, is a real treat.
Nizina River Access via Dan Cr Rd