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The Best Snowshoeing in Alaska

Looking for the best snowshoeing 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 snowshoeing spots in and near Alaska

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Hike the Mendenhall Glacier

    8 mi
    The Mendenhall Glacier, formerly known as Sitaantaagu ("the Glacier Behind the Town"), is a 12 mile long glacier about 12 miles outside Alaska’s capital Juneau. A quick drive from downtown Juneau to the ‘trailhead’ parking lot finds you overlooking the nearly half a mile wide face of the glacier....
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Explore Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass

    1.5 mi
    If you've only got time to do a few things when in Alaska, make sure you visit Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass. It is open year round, and beautiful no matter the season. You can easily spend the entire day exploring the mine and surrounding area.The winter months fill the...
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Photograph the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

    1 mi / 1 ft gain
    As close to magic as you'll ever see on this Earth, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are an absolute must-see for any nature enthusiast. The aurora borealis are visible in Fairbanks from August through April, meaning there's an astounding nine months of aurora viewing! Of course, the auro...
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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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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Snow Biking in Alaska's Arctic

    100 mi
    White Mountains National Recreation Area is run by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and is best traveled during the winter months. The BLM maintains three trailheads to provide access to 12 public recreation cabins that are connected by extensive trail systems. Trailheads for the Wickersham Cr...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Winter Hike to Portage Glacier

    6 mi
    This hike must be done in the deep of winter! Around February, Portage Lake is often frozen solid-solid enough to make walking safe.  Hikers, bikers, skiers, skijourers, and snowshoers will form a 3 mile trail out to Portage Glacier.  This trail is appropriate for children. For younger children, ...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Explore Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Kennecott Mines

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    If you have already stepped foot into Wrangell-St. Elias, you probably arrived via bush plane or by heroically navigating the relentlessly brutal, pothole smothered McCarthy Road. Once across the Kennecott River footbridge, you must take the shuttle from the river's edge to Kennecott (NB: the shu...
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  • Seward, Alaska

    Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

    8.2 mi / 3000 ft gain
    None of Alaska’s eight national parks are easy to get to, but Kenai Fjords National Park is one of only three national parks in the state that can be accessed (partly) by road. It’s also the closest national park to Anchorage, which makes this an easier jaunt from the capital. While this park is ...
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Snowshoe the Granite Tors Loop Trail

    15 mi / 2900 ft gain
    The Granite Tors Loop Trailhead is located at Milepost 39 on Chena River Road east of Fairbanks. It starts at about 700ft above sea level and climbs to about 3200ft, peaking around the 8 mile mark. The climb is slow and continuous adding to the difficulty of the hike.The Chena River State Recreat...
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  • Kodiak, Alaska

    Hike to the Summit of Sharatin Mountain

    7 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From downtown Kodiak drive southeast on W Rezanof Dr, turn onto Anton Larson Bay Rd north towards Buskin Lake. Follow Anton Larson Rd over the Red Cloud River Bridge and there will be a small turnout to park on just after the bridge. Look to your left and you will see a trail cutting through the ...
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  • Healy, Alaska

    Camp at Riley Creek Campground

    The campground has cell service, and wifi available for purchase. Fires are allowed year-round, and downed wood may be gathered. Potable water is seasonal - make sure you have all proper water filtration systems needed! No campgrounds in Denali have electrical or water hookups for RVs. Riley Cree...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Girdwood Nordic Ski Loop

    3.7 mi / 735 ft gain
    Girdwood Nordic Ski Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Girdwood, Alaska.
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Mount Gordon Lyons Trail

    3.72 mi / 1440 ft gain
    Mount Gordon Lyons Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Eagle River, Alaska.
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  • Skagway, Alaska

    Lower Dewey Lake Trail

    3.42 mi / 764 ft gain
    Lower Dewey Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Skagway, Alaska.
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  • Juneau, Alaska

    John Muir Recreation Cabin via Winter Trail

    7.09 mi / 1421 ft gain
    John Muir Recreation Cabin via Winter Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Juneau, Alaska.
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  • Ketchikan, Alaska

    Ward Lake and Ward Creek Trail

    3.52 mi / 364 ft gain
    Ward Lake and Ward Creek Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ketchikan, Alaska.
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