Pinnell Mountain Trail

NRT follows ridges above timber line in the vastness of interior Alaska.

photo: Type: Backcountry
Length: 27.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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

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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%
Elevation Low Point: 3,164
Elevation High Point: 4,934
Year Designated: 1971

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information

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



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