The Turnagain Arm Trail parallels Seward Highway and the coastline. Due to its south facing orientation, this is a wonderful first hike for the year. The snow clears early and the trail is well developed. The fall colors of the trees also makes it an appealing trail in the autumn.
The trail has 4 parking areas along the way making it possible to hike a small section with a car at each end. It is asked that people not park on the shoulder of the highway. At mile 118, the Potter Trailhead is across from the Potter Section House, a state historic site. McHugh Creek Trailhead, mile 112, is a handicapped accessible picnic area with 30 picnic sites, toilets, charcoal fire grates, and a scenic overlook trail. Rainbow Creek Valley trailhead is at mile 108 on Seward Highway. Windy Corner Trailhead, at mile 106, has limited parking but more can be found across the highway if needed.
Bore tides, a wall of water coming in with the tide, are a common occurrence in Turnagain. This is most easily observed from Begula Point, about halfway between Rainbow and McHugh Creek.
The most common wildlife seen along the trail includes Dall sheep and Begula Whales. The best time for whale viewing is mid-July though August. Though not as common, the occasional black bear, moose, bald eagle, or golden eagle further inland can be seen. Coyotes, lynx, and grizzly bears are also in the area but very rarely are they seen near the trail.
Distance: 9.4 miles
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