Mountains

Winner Creek Trail

Winner Creek Trail explores the streams of Chugach National Forest.
Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
4.9 ml
Duration
2.14 hr
Ascent
866 ft

Best Time of Year: May 01 - Oct 31

Traveling through lush northern rainforest and over rushing mountain streams, Winner Creek is one of the most accessible and popular hikes in Girdwood. Start out below the base of the aerial tram at Alyeska Resort, and follow the boardwalks and trails to the sound of rushing water. At around 2.5 miles, bridges cross a scenic gorge perfect for photos. 

Guided hikes reveal the natural and historical secrets of this part of the Chugach. This is the northernmost temperate rainforest in the United States. The dense forest is filled with wildlife and a little gold prospecting history. In addition to hiking, Winner Creek is also popular with mountain bikers.

Many choose to turn around where the hand tram used to be, but if you’re up for a longer hike, you could continue to Crow Creek Road and follow the road up to the mine.

Dog on a leash are allowed.

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