Hike Winner Creek Trail, Girdwood

What: A beautiful trail meandering through the woods in Girdwood. Full trail is 6.4 miles with 1200 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy.

When to go: This trail is best done in the summer between May and October when all the greenery is out, but can be a fun hike to explore in the winter as well. Winter hiking this can be a bit sketchy though given there are a few small climbs. Doing the total trail out and back should take about 3 hours.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/f4P7UrwxNqERKhWu8
Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/winner-creek-trail


  • The highlight of the hike is the Winner Creek tram that requires climbing into a small 2 to 3 person tram and pulling yourself across using a pulley system. On popular days there are usually other people who can help with pulling each other from either end. NOTE: the tram is closed until further notice due to some unfortunate accidents in the Fall of 2019.
  • The trail can either be started from the crow creek mine road or from the Alyeska resort; the crow creek side is significantly closer to the hand tram.
  • Despite the long distance and net elevation, this hike can be done by almost all ability levels, and is a great hike for families / elders.