Winner Creek Gorge - INHT

Area Status: Open

The Winner Creek Gorge Trail is a segment of the longer Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT).

The hand tram on  Winner Creek Trail is closed.

Take a leisurely day hike through Winner Creek Gorge and experience the hand tram (closed for 2022 season), or to extend the hike to the more challenging and primitive Upper Winner Creek Trail. If continuing on Upper Winner Creek Trail, beautiful camping locations can be found through Berry Pass. Winner Creek Trail is a great hike for the family, and people of all ages. The Winner Creek gorge is where Winner Creek flows through a small cleft in the rocks, making a picturesque series of small waterfalls and cascades on its way down to Glacier Creek. The Winner Creek Hand Tram (closed for 2020 season) is a modern pulley system with a metal cart that carries users across Glacier Creek. This is often especially appealing to users with children, as they pull themselves over the roaring rapids of Glacier Creek!

The trail goes through a tall spruce and hemlock forest with ferns and blueberry bushes, which make for great berry picking. The trail also offers great ski touring and fat biking in the winter. Users may notice through the trees the Girdwood Nordic Ski Club’s 5K ski loop, which junctions with Winner Creek Trail in two locations. Wildlife includes moose and bear, watch out for them along the trail. In the summer many songbirds can be seen and heard along the trail in the surrounding forest.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The hand tram is closed.
Usage: Heavy

General Information


At mile 90 of the Seward Highway (35 miles south of Anchorage), turn onto the Alyeska Highway in Girdwood. Drive 2 miles and take a left onto Crow Creek Road. Go almost 3 miles up this road and park in the Winner Creek Gorge trailhead.

Alternate trailhead parking is available at the Hotel Alyeska. Take Alyeska Highway until the “T” intersection, and take a left on Arlberg road, and follow for 1 mile to the Hotel Alyeska. Trail begins 50 yards uphill from the lower tram terminal.


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