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Angel Rocks Trail near Fairbanks, Alaska

Angel Rocks TrailWhen I asked a local what trail I should try first in the Chena River State Recreation Area, her response was immediate: Angel Rocks Trail.

The trail begins with a wide graded path meandering along the amazing Chena River for about 3/4 of a mile. Then the trail climbs a steep 800 feet over the next mile to a granite rock formation, the Angel Rocks. Keep an eye out for a spur trail just past the one mile from the trailhead for a spot to fill up with crystal clear, cold, drinkable water.

After reaching the top at around 1800 feet above sea level, you’ll have great views of the surrounding wilderness. At the top, you have three choices. Go back the way you came or continue on the Angel Rocks loop back to the original trailhead (the downgrade is very steep in places), which is shown in my map and is about 3.5 miles in total distance. Your third option is to continue another 6.5 miles to the Chena Hot Springs Resort, which has a natural hot springs lake and a few dining options. Best to have a second car waiting for you there unless you want to relax and then reverse the same route back to the original trailhead.

  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Chena River on the Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Birch trees on the Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Chena River on the Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Chena River on the Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Chena River on the Angel Rocks Trail east of Fairbanks, Alaska

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Reynolds Lane Trail near Fairbanks, Alaska

Fireweed near Fairbanks, AlaskaThis is not a public trail and can only be accessed when staying on a property through Airbnb. Your accommodations will be an incredible yurt run by a local dog musher.

The trail starts at the back of her property and is an easy and straightforward 1.5 miles of flat path through a birch forest. It loops through the woods and ends back at the driveway of the property.

I was there in early July when a mosquito net hat was as necessary as pants. The trail, according to the property owner, was “a little damp.”

  • My yurt off Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Fireweed near Fairbanks, Alaska
  • The trail was described as  'a little damp'
  • Hike behind my yurt off Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Lupines near Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Hike behind my yurt off Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks, Alaska

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