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Valdez Trail

Despite the name "Valdez Trail" this hiking trail is not located in Valdez, but in our neighboring community of Copper Center. This hiking trail is a short segment of an historical trail. It is an east trail on gravel. The trail head is located near the Visitor Center for the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. 

Trail Details

Walk in the tracks of early Alaskan pioneers. This 1/2 mile loop trail follows one of the few remaining sections of the Valdez Trail, replaced today by the Richardson Highway. 

Wrangell St. Elias Visitor Center Trail Map

Maps for Boreal Forest Trail, Copper River Bluff Trail, and Valdez Trail. View PDF

Trail History

a historical photograph of people and horses on a trail

Photo from the National Park Service

a historic photo of people and horses at a roadhouse

Photo from National Park Service

Valdez Highlights