After leaving the trailhead, the trail climbs over a small dome then drops into the trees before the junction with the Ski Loop Trail. The trail continues to climb past Wickersham Dome then to the Summit Trail Shelter at mile 8 and to its highest point at 3,100 feet near mile 10. The trail then descends through the spruce forest to Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River and Borealis-LeFevre Cabin. Crossing Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River in the summer can be very dangerous at high water and hikers should be aware of their abilities before trying any stream crossing.
Travel north of Fairbanks, Alaska to mile post 28 on the Elliott Highway. The Summit Trail begins at the Wickersham Dome parking lot.