Iditarod National Historic Trail Points
Walk, run, or ski the Iditarod Trail from Nash Road, ending at Bear Lake. It’s mostly flat, though not all parts of the trail are groomed in the winter, and might be more suited for classical skiing. The trail goes onto Bear Lake in the winter, which is groomed for classical skiing, skate skiing, and snowmachining.
The coastal walk follows the route of the original Iditarod National Historic Trail, used heavily from 1909 to the mid-1920’s to support mining communities on Turnagain Arm with mail and supplies arriving at Seward’s ice-free harbor by steamship.
The Johnson Pass Trail originated in the 1890s as a route for Iditarod miners who raced north from Seward to Nome. It later was developed into a wagon road by merchants and miners who settled the area. The Alaska Road Commission then used it as a thoroughfare through the 1930s. Today this popular hiking trail travels portions of the historic Iditarod Trail between Moose Pass and Granite Creek with bridged streams, mostly easy grades, and… ...more
Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood (45 minutes south of Anchorage) is one of our favorite trails to take visiting friends and family. It’s an easy 3‑mile hike or bike ride on a wide, well-developed trail with a gentle elevation gain that winds through America’s northernmost rainforest, crosses a wooden bridge over a thundering blue-water gorge. 2022: Hand tram currently closed, may replace with bridge. Local weighing in.)
Considered to be one of the best hikes in all of the Chugach Mountains, Crow Pass follows a portion of the original Iditarod Trail, including its highest point. End to end, it’s a 21-mile trail, which most people do in 2 days, but just the first 4 miles will lead you past some breathtaking scenery. Along the way you’ll find glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, mine ruins, and berries (in late August and September). Hiking is not ...more