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Angel Rocks Trail

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Great beginner/intermediate run with rewarding views atop Angel Rocks.


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3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

73%

Runnable

1,786' 545 m

High

1,002' 305 m

Low

804' 245 m

Up

807' 246 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

$5 Parking Fee (if you don't have an annual pass)
Restrooms are available at the trailhead as well as trash bins
Areas of the trail are very close to the Chena River (be sure to pay close attention if you have pets/children on this trail)

Runner Notes

Areas of this trail are extremely rocky and have roots that extend out of the ground 6-7 inches.

Description

Angel Rocks Trail starts as a paved trail and then quickly turns into your typical trail (roots and rocks). The path is wide enough to comfortably have another by your side. Before you approach the entrance to the loop, there is pretty uneven terrain, which is adjacent to the Chena River.

There will be signs directing you into the loop, which will immediately become a wooden boardwalk and then go into the moderate ascent to Angel Rocks. During your ascent you'll be going over roots and rocks, which make the trail very uneven. As you begin to approach Angel Rocks, the trail becomes much more narrow and steepens. As a beginner, be cautious of the larger rocks you'll have to traverse reaching the peak of the trail. Approaching the peak, the views are gorgeous. If you're feeling adventurous, you can climb some of the larger rocks and get some of the best views this trail has to offer.

When you begin your descent, the trail can sometimes be difficult to follow (especially if it is autumn and leaves are on the ground). Be sure to pay close attention to the signs posted on the trees directing you to the trail. The descent is much like the ascent, rocky and lots of roots. There are quite a few spots where the terrain is very steep, so take it slow and be cautious.

As you approach the end of the loop, there will be signs directing you back to the trailhead and you'll also notice the boardwalk on your left. Keep to the right and make your way back to the trailhead!


Trekking poles aren't a bad idea if you've got them!

Flora & Fauna

Red Squirrels (season dependent)
Mosquitoes (season dependent)

Shared By:

Kevin Fischer

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Great views as you begin your descent!
Sep 19, 2018 near Eielson…, AK
Amazing Views from the summit rocks!
Sep 15, 2020 near Eielson…, AK
North Fork Chena River adjacent to Walking Trail
Sep 15, 2020 near Eielson…, AK
Looking back from the East Side Trail
Sep 15, 2020 near Eielson…, AK
Numerous emerging rock formations along this trail!
Sep 15, 2020 near Eielson…, AK

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