Iditarod National Historic Trail
Iditarod National Historic Trail

Iditarod National Historic Trail

Seward, Alaska, 99664

The basics

One of the best spots to view the Iditarod National Historic Trail is at the trail’s beginning point in Seward. A monument marks the starting point for the trail and a paved trail follows the first mile of the route along the shores of Resurrection Bay. The Crow Pass Trail near Girdwood also follows the Iditarod National Historic Trail and many hiking, canyoneering, and horseback riding tours are available there.

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Things to know before you go

*The Iditarod National Historic Trail commemorates the Native-built trail networks that facilitated the exploration of the Alaska interior. *Sections of the Iditarod National Historic Trail offer year-round hiking and mountain biking. *Most of the trail is only passable when snow-covered.

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How to get there

To get to Seward’s Iditarod Monument, head to Seward’s waterfront near the Alaska SeaLife Center. You can’t miss the “Trail Blazers” sculpture of a man and his dog that marks the beginning of the trail. Just north of Seward, you can also access the Bear Lake section of the trail. Near Girdwood, the Winner Creek Trail also follows some of the original Iditarod Trail.

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When to get there

The Iditarod National Historic Trail is best hiked during the summer months while the Seward Iditarod Monument can be visited anytime of the year. The section of trail near Seward is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter months. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is held annually in March.

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