Hike Turnagain Arm Trail, Anchorage

What: Great trail along the Turnagain Arm section between Anchorage and Seward. 7.8 miles with 2400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate.

When to go: Fairly popular trail that’s worth checking out both in summer and winter months. Should take roughly 4 hours for the full out and back hike.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/opFNdj9ujpEK6TBu8
Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/mchugh-creek-trail


  • You can park at the north end and hike south, or park south and head north. This section is part of a much longer trail section along the Turnagain arm, so you can keep going further in each direction if you’d like.
  • The hike isn’t too challenging, but there are a few sections climbing up scree or crossing narrow sections.
  • This is an extremely popular bear area, so make sure you have plenty of protection if hiking in the summer. Try to do the hike on a clear day to enjoy views across the Turnagain arm.