- Crow Pass Trail summit -

 

 



Upper Winner Creek Trail

Activities

Summer Activities Winter Activities

 

Summer Activities Proximity Destinations
Hiking

Local
>30 miles
>70 miles

Crow Pass, Winner Creek
Portage, Bird Ridge, Falls Creek
Johnson Pass, Resurrection Pass, Hope
Glacier Hikes Local Ascending Path Guides
Fishing >30 miles
>100 miles
Whittier, Prince William Sound
Seward, Kenai River, Cooper Landing
Backpacking Local Chugach State Park, Chugach NF
Mountain Biking Local

>70 miles
Alyeska Resort Bike Park - Downhill biking
XC biking: Winner Creek Trail, Glacier Creek
Johnson Pass, Resurrection Pass, Hope
Cycling Local Seward Hwy pedestrian corridor
Paragliding Local Alyeska Tramway
Gold panning
Mine Tours
Local
Local
Crow Creek Mine
Great Alaska Tourist Trap
Wildlife Viewing

Local
>15 miles

Moose, Bear, Birds, Marmot, Coyote, Salmon
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Festivals Local

Fiddlehead Festival - Alyeska Resort - 1st week of June
Girdwood Forest Fair
- July 3,4,5 2015
Blueberry Festival - Alyeska Resort - August
Fungus Fair - Late August
Mountain Bike Festival - Alyeska Resort - September
Octoberfest - Alyeska Resort

Snowmobile Tours Local Great Alaska Tourist Trap
Flight Seeing Charters Local Alpine Air
Summer dog sledding Local Great Alaska Tourist Trap
Camping Local Chugach State Park, Chugach NF
Sea Kayaking >30 miles
>100 miles
Whittier, Prince William Sound
Seward
Rafting / Whitewater, scenic rafting Local
>70 miles
Chugach Adventure Guides
Chugach Outdoor Center, Nova
Wildlife and Glacier Cruises >30 miles
>100 miles
Whittier, Prince William Sound
Seward
Disc-Golf  Local Town Park

 


A brown bear at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Summer Events and Festivals

Fiddlehead Festival - Alyeska Resort - 1st week of June
Girdwood Forest Fair
- July 3,4,5 2015
Crow Pass Crossing - Late July
Blueberry Festival - Alyeska Resort - Early August
Alyeska Classic Mountain run - August
Turnagain Arm Girdwood Lions Club - Humpy Fest
- August
Fungus Fair - Late August
Mountain Bike Festival - Alyeska Resort - September
Alyeska Climbathon - September
Octoberfest - Alyeska Resort

 

 

Local Info
Eating out - Girdwood History - Weather

Girdwood's Weather

Girdwood lies in the northernmost region of the west coast temperate rain forest. On average, Girdwood's annual precipitation is about 70". Typically, May and June are the driest months, while fall and winter bring heavy rains and snows. Temperatures range in the 50's -70's for May - August, Winter temps range from 0 to 40. The record high for Girdwood is 88 and the record low is -33.

Rainbow at Sunset - 11:30 pm  Photo by Peanuts

Weather Links
Girdwood Weather Forecast NWS
historical climate data

Girdwood RADAR
Alaska Road Weather Information

It is a good idea to pack clothing for a variety of weather on your visit to Alaska.

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Alpenglow on Alpenglow - Chugach Mountains Alaska - photo from Hostel
A Quick History of Girdwood
Girdwood was originally called Glacier City and founded as a supply camp for local placer gold miners. It was renamed for Colonel James Girdwood, a Belfast-born entrepreneur and linen merchant who staked the first four gold claims along Crow Creek in 1896. Mining in the upper Crow Creek area continued into the late 1930's until mine closures, by a World War II presidential order, made Girdwood a near ghost town. In 1949, Girdwood sprouted again as construction began on the Seward Highway, connecting the seaport of Seward to Anchorage. In 1960, the ski resort came to life when Francoise de Gunzburg imported a used chair lift from France, and rebuilt it at Mt Alyeska. The original town was moved 2.5 miles up the valley after the devastating Good Friday Earthquake of 1964, when the land under the town site sank 6- 10 feet, putting much of the town below high tide. Girdwood was incorporated as a city in 1970. In 1975 it became part of the Municipality of Anchorage when the Greater Anchorage Area Borough unified with the City of Anchorage. Girdwood lies in a narrow valley, the northern most extent of the west coast temperate rain forest. Girdwood is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, and 38 miles (61 km) southeast of Anchorage city limits. Girdwood is host to Alyeska Resort, Alaska's largest ski resort, and a year round destination. The busiest single weekend is the first full weekend of July in which the Girdwood Forest Fair takes place.

More Girdwood History Here

Dining out in Girdwood

Cheap Eats
Meals Under $15

Mid Range
Meals $15 - $25
Spendy
Meals $25 and up
Java House
espresso, breakfast-lunch sandwiches
Jack Sprat
World cuisine, beer/wine
Jack Sprat
World cuisine, beer/wine
Bake Shop
breakfast, lunch, soups

Chair Five
pizza,burgers, full bar

Double Musky
Cajun,large steaks, full bar
Chair Five
pizza,burgers, full bar
Alyeska Resort
Cafe's, Sushi, Fine dining
Alyeska Resort
Cafe's, Sushi, Fine dining

Silvertip Grill
burgers/wraps/beer and wine

 

Coast Pizza
pizza, cheese steaks, pasta
   
Alpine Diner / Bakery
   
     

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Alyeska Hostel located @ 227 Alta Drive Girdwood, AK 99587 - (907)-783-2222

Girdwood Alaska's best lodging value! Centr

ally located in the Chugach Mountains near:
Alyeska Ski Resort, Alyeska Tramway, Crow Creek Mine gold panning, Flight seeing with Alpine Air, Crow Pass Trail, Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Pass, Chugach State Park, Chugach Powder Guides Heli-skiing, Turnagain Arm, Portage Glacier, Paragliding, Dog sledding, mushing, Prince William Sound: Kayaking, Fishing, and Marine Wildlife Tours.
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