The Best Camping in Alaska

Looking for the best camping in Alaska? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alaska. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Alaska

  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike Byron Glacier

    4.8
    To begin on this adventure, you first have to find the trailhead. Drive out on the highway to Girdwood, and turn left at the sign that says "Portage Glacier". Towards the end of the road, it Ys and you take a right, then another right. Follow this road, and the first parking lot on your right is ...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike up Flattop Mountain

    3.9
    3.4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    This moderate to difficult climb starts at 2200 feet and gets progressively difficult as you get closer to the top. It will cost $5(cash or card) to park at the Glen Alps Trailhead where you will find a set of well maintained trails accessing different parts of the valley including O'mally Peak.F...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike Reed Lakes, AK

    5.0
    18 mi / 1850 ft gain
    The trail head starts at the small unpaved parking lot which is free, (it was very full though because of berry picking). The trail starts off wide and flat as you walk through a beautiful valley surrounded by trees and giant granite mountain peaks. The trail changes to an upward climb with lots...
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  • Healy, Alaska

    Summit Igloo Mountain

    4 mi / 4200 ft gain
    Make no mistake, this is a unkempt, social trail. Starting at the base of the mountain at the McKinley Park Road sign for Big Creek/Igloo Mountain Campground, begin hiking northeast towards a faint social trail heading up the mountain. Once you reach the first false peak approximately 1/3 of your...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike the Crow Pass National Historic Trail

    4.0
    22.6 mi / 3100 ft gain
    Starting at an elevation of 600 feet from the Eagle River Nature Center, the trail runs through the Eagle River Valley and climbs over Crow Pass to Girdwood.The trail follows the river for almost 12 miles before requiring a ford. Fords can be very dangerous and it is very important to understand ...
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  • Healy, Alaska

    Camp at Wonder Lake

    Sitting at mile 85 of the 92 mile park road through Denali National Park, Wonder Lake Campground is an oasis in the wilderness. Wonder Lake is also the the closest you can get to Denali. (Note: You may see the big mountain called Mt. McKinley on maps, but everyone in Alaska calls it Denali.) Pr...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

    4.5
    5 mi / 200 ft gain
    Rabbit lake and McHugh peak easy way in trail starts at Canyon Road off DeArmoun. This road is still not completely paved and I recommend you drive slow. You must arrived early to obtain parking spots on the weekends otherwise you'll be fine. Parking is free. The change of elevation is minimum ye...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike to Alaska's Mint Hut

    5.0
    9 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Start your adventure by driving 1.5 hours north of Anchorage to the Gold Mint Trailhead about 20 mins away from the town of Palmer. Pay for parking, there is a day fee and a camping (choose either depending on your ambitions).  This trail can be broken down in four (unequal) sections.  The easy s...
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  • Whittier, Alaska

    Kayak Across Alaska's Prince William Sound

    5.0
    The hundred mile paddle across PWS is a right of passage for Alaska kayakers. Like most big adventures in AK, it’s a daunting proposition to launch into what locals refer to as both beautiful and terrifying. Sometimes in the same sentence. At it’s best, you can paddle in a t-shirt and shorts, sto...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike the Gold Mint Trail

    16 mi
    Hiking through this valley really shows off the amazing landscape of Alaska.The trailhead starts at mile 13.7 on Hatcher Pass Rd. There is a big parking lot ($5 for a day pass). The trail has mile markers for the first 5 miles and is fairly well groomed, although you do have to do a little bushwh...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Camp at Chugach State Park

    3 mi
    All trails start from the Eagle River Nature Center, located in the Chugach Forest. There are many different trails and loops (from less than a mile to 25 miles), so no matter your experience, there is a good trail for you. A trail map of the area is available here.There are cabins located about ...
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  • Seward, Alaska

    Backpack the Caines Head Coastal Trail

    4.5
    7 mi / 650 ft gain
    This hike begins near a family friendly visiting area, good bathrooms, and well kept parking lot. You will start out on a gravel path, which seems like it was created for horses, for about 1.5 miles until the path opens up to views of the ocean, mountains, and a bridge leading you over a river an...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Backpack to Donoho Basin

    7 mi / 600 ft gain
    If you’ve never been to the park, Wrangell is 13.2 million acres, the largest national park in the United States, roughly the size of Switzerland. Access is limited. There is only one main road into the center of the park, which dead ends in the town of Kennecott, a historic copper mining area. I...
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  • Gustavus, Alaska

    Kayak the West Arm of Glacier Bay National Park

    5.0
    0 mi / 0 ft gain
    Ever wanted to sleep beside a calving glacier? Wake up with a humpback whale feeding along the shoreline of your private beach? Watch the sunset for hours until midnight?Witness bears foraging in the tidal zones or watch a moose go for a swim? This, and more, is possible in Glacier Bay.Starting a...
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  • Seward, Alaska

    Hike to Callisto Canyon Cabin

    4 mi / 500 ft gain
    Follow the signs south of Seward to Lowell Point. This is the trailhead. The first mile of the trail is about a mile long. You descend a well-maintained trail from the trailhead about 500 feet to the coast. Many people just hike this portion for a short trip to enjoy the beach.Once you reach the ...
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  • Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

    Winter Camp at Wonder Lake

    There are multiple ways to do this trip - ski, mush, or by flying in a bush plane and then meeting up with a group of mushers. I highly recommend doing ANY of them, but most likely you will need to assess your time, skill, and budget to decide what is best for you. The 2 most likely of the 3 will...
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