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Photo of two hikers on a boardwalk section of the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation TrailSweeping mountain vistas and brilliant wildflower displays under the unceasing light of the midnight sun.... the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail, one of Interior Alaska’s premier hiking trails, offers an unforgettable experience whether your visit lasts a few hours or a few days.
Located 100 miles (161 km) northeast of Fairbanks, this 27-mile (44 km) trail traverses a series of alpine ridge tops entirely above timberline. The Pinnell Mountain Trail is marked with rock cairns as it crosses open tundra with views north to the Yukon River and south to the Alaska Range. Wooden posts along the trail show the mileage from the start at Eagle Summit (milepost 107 on the Steese Highway) to the trail’s end at Twelvemile Summit (milepost 85.5, Steese Highway). Two emergency shelters provide refuge from storms, but hikers should come prepared for unpredictable, dramatic weather.

On this Web site, you'll find practical information for planning a visit, as well as descriptions of the trail's geology, wildlife, and other features.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Pinnell Mountain Trail or the Steese National Conservation Area, in which the trail is located, please contact us:

Bureau of Land Management
Eastern Interior Field Office
222 University Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3488
Tel: 907-474-2200 or toll-free at 1-800-437-7021

Fast Facts

Trail Length:
27 miles

Location: Approximately 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks

Access: two to three hours from Fairbanks by car via the Steese Highway

May through early October

Special Features: Views, alpine wildflower displays, the midnight sun