A perennial favourite, the easy hike to ice-covered Troll Falls offers a surprising amount of variety over its short length. Even with a web of trails in the area, the route to the falls is a snap to find. Hike through the dense evergreen forest on a wide trail to reach a beautiful section of open aspens.
If you want a workout that mimics a stairclimber at the gym, do the ever-popular and dog-friendly hike up Prairie Mountain. It starts steeply and stays that way until you clear the trees; then it moderates all the way to the constantly windy summit. The reward on top – a rush of happy hormones and far-reaching mountain and prairie views, including Calgary.
Strap on a pair of ice-cleats to start your Johnston Canyon adventure. Over 2.7 km, hike into a world of frozen creeks and waterfalls, accessed via a path through a spectacular canyon that would otherwise be off-limits. At the Lower Falls be sure to cross the bridge and duck through a tunnel to get an intimate view of a frozen icefall.
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Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics, according to Washington Trails Association. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts with a nearly immediate upward jolt. You'll see a well-signed junction with the winter route. It goes straight up the steep chute that fills with snow. You’re going to love glissading back down the ravine.
The Fairyland Loop is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the winter. Fairyland Point is where you will begin your hike on the Fairyland Loop Trail, which is quite strenuous. Bring your camera to capture the amazing views.
This secret beach in Anchorage is most popular in the spring, which is another reason to go in the winter – fewer people. You can see the beautiful Mount McKinley and the Alaska Range covered in snow. After you reach the beach, head onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and after 11 miles you’ll be in downtown Anchorage.
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