Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail

Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail Artist In Residence

Sweeping 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. Located just a few hours drive northeast of Fairbanks, this 27-mile (44 km) trail traverses a series of alpine ridge tops entirely above timberline.  This rich alpine tundra community found along the trail includes spectacular wildflower displays, alpine and tundra nesting birds, and grazing caribou.  The trail is rated moderate to difficult with some short sections with gradients of up to 25 percent. Climbing to the top of each ridge can be a challenge but the vast views of the Alaska Range, the White Mountains, the Crazy Mountains and the Yukon River valley are well worth the effort. 

This summer the BLM will host an artist for a week on the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail in the Steese National Conservation Area. Dates are at the discretion of the artist. The BLM will provide the selected artist with transportation from Fairbanks to the Pinnell Trail and back to Fairbanks, satellite phone, emergency equipment (including first aid kit), and a stipend equivalent to $42/day.

Current Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

The BLM is not currently accepting applications for a summer residency at this site. Please stay tuned for future Artist-in-Residence opportunities in Alaska.


Teri Balser
BLM Alaska
Eastern Interior Field Office
Phone: 907-474-2368