Pinnell Mountain Trail

This NRT follows ridges above timberline in the vastness of interior Alaska.

photo: Hiking over Pinnell Mountain toward Porcupine Dome, near Fairbanks Alaska. Photo by Teri Balser.

Length: 27.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: 50 miles NE of Fairbanks on north side of AL 6.
State(s): Alaska
Counties: Fairbanks
Longitude: -145.4139
Latitude: 65.48459

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Description

The 27-mile Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail traverses alpine ridge lines and saddles. all above timberline. It allows access to outstanding natural resources associated with a high alpine tundra community.

The alpine tundra is the summer home of many different nesting birds, including Long-tailed Jaeger, Surfbird, Northern Wheatear (a Eurasian migrant), Horned Lark and Gray-crowned Rosy-finch. These birds nest in typical trail side habitat and are exciting sightings for birders and wildlife watchers.

Many different kinds of wildflowers abound during the summer when the 24-hour daylight of the midnight sun brings a spectrum of color to the lush greens of the tundra.

The trail is an excellent place to observe periglacial features associated with the discontinuous permafrost of the Yukin-Tanana Uplands.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 39%
Elevation Low Point: 3,164
Elevation High Point: 4,934
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1971

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Holli McClain
Bureau of Land Management
1150 University Ave.
Fairbanks , AK 99709
(907) 474-2378
Holli_McClain@blm.gov
http://aurora.ak.blm.gov

 

Photos

Hiking over Pinnell Mountain toward Porcupine Dome, near Fairbanks Alaska. Photo by Teri Balser.

Hiking over Pinnell Mountain toward Porcupine Dome, near Fairbanks Alaska. Photo by Teri Balser.

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