Hiking in Alaska can be as easy as stepping out the door of your hotel, and we’ve compiled a few of our favorite day hikes which are easily accessible from Westmark properties around Alaska and the Yukon.Without further adieu, here are the top day hikes in Alaska and the Yukon according to Westmark Hotels!
Anchorage: Flat Top MountainIt’s easy to spot Flat Top Mountain, nestled among numerous pointy crests in the Chugach Mountain Range, this peak is easily identified by its broad, flat top. This trail is extremely popular among locals and visitors alike thanks to its proximity to the city and ease of access. Though nearly all uphill, this is a relatively moderate hike with plenty of scenic resting stops along the way. The parking lot alone provides a view worth the short drive from the Westmark Hotel in downtown Anchorage. For your Flat Top Mountain hike accommodations, stay at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel.
Fairbanks: Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is the perfect destination for a family-friendly day trip. Share the trails, wetlands, ponds and open fields with fellow visitors as well as wildlife on this 2,000-acre state-owned refuge that is home to historic dairy buildings and farm fields, now used solely by migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. For your Creamer’s Field Migratory Water Fowl Refuge hike, stay at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center.
Juneau: East Glacier Trail
The East Glacier Trail is a 2.8-mile loop off the Trail of Time near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Hike this moderate to intermediate trail for spectacular views of Mendenhall Glacier. Most of the trail is a gently rising path along Glacier Valley with a few switchbacks near its end. A short side-trail leads to a waterfall 1.3 miles from the trailhead. This trail is also a fun and challenging running route for backcountry runners. Ask the staff of the Westmark Baranof Hotel about other activities around Mendenhall Glacier. For your East Glacier Trail hike, stay at the historic Westmark Baranof Hotel in downtown Juneau.Westmark Skagway Inn.
Whitehorse – Grey Mountain Trail
Only about five miles from Whitehorse is Grey Mountain, a fun Yukon day hike with terrific view of the city and surrounding area. There are multiple trails along the mountain’s ridge that all arrive at the same place. Be sure to follow the most developed trail to prevent further erosion. One of the things hikers love about this trail is that the short mile-long walk up from the trailhead to the summit means more of the hike is up high on the ridge where you will encounter unobstructed 360-degree views. For your Grey Mountain Trail hike, stay at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel & Conference Center.
Sitka – Sitka National Historical Park
Almost everywhere in Sitka is walking distance from the Westmark Sitka Hotel, and so is this trail! This easy one-hour walk meanders through a park commemorating the site of the Battle of Sitka, the last major battle between the Tlingit Indians and Russians in 1804, and totem poles line hiking trails throughout the park. While the walk is only 1.5 miles, we recommend taking your time walking through this rainforest and absorbing the wonderful surroundings. For your Grey Mountain Trail hike stay at the Westmark Sitka Hotel.
Dawson City – Ridge Road Heritage Trail
Right outside of Dawson City, Yukon and a short drive from the Westmark Inn Dawson City is a 20-mile route that explores the mining history of the Yukon. Ridge Road Heritage Trail is a recreation route built during the Klondike Gold Rush and the first wagon road built by the Yukon Government. In 1996 the road was designated a Yukon Territory Heritage Trail. Today it is used for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Though it takes two to three days to complete the entire trail, you can make a short day hike out of this outstanding trail by starting from one of the trailheads and walking for a few hours before turning back. For your Ridge Road Heritage Trail hike stay at the Westmark Inn Dawson City.