Explore Rainbow Peak Trail

Let's explore part way up Rainbow Peak on Turnagain Arm. This will be a moderate-paced hike with great views, but there are very steep and rugged sections so it's not a beginner's hike.  The trail is mostly snow-free and dry, but there could be a few muddy areas. The round-trip distance is 3-4 miles, with an elevation gain of 2,000 beet.  Plan to be out 4-5 hours.

We'll start by hiking 1 mile west on the Turnagain Arm trail, gaining 1,000 feet of elevation. At the southeast shoulder of Rainbow Peak, we'll branch to the right on a steep and rugged trail heading toward the summit. We'll ascend about 1,000 feet on this trail, aiming for a small meadow with great views.

Further Info: Rainbow Peak (Summit Post)

Location: Rainbow trailhead is near Mile 108 on the Seward Highway, 4 miles east of McHugh Creek trailhead. As you come around the bend into the Rainbow area, you'll pass a scenic pullout on the right, and a road to the private houses on the left. Continue on Seward Hwy and turn left into the trailhead parking lot at the end of the guard rail,  See red arrow on the aerial photo below...

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are OK, but only if they're experienced with steep and rugged trails.

Warning: There have been recent trailhead break-ins, so take precautions.

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  • Karen

    A perfect start of summer hiking day.. Thank you Greg for getting us out there!

    May 2

  • Greg P.

    Some of us enjoyed a lazy day in the sun while others boogied right on up to the summit. :-)

    May 2

    • Cynthia S

      Thanks for the lazy pace, Greg. Just what I needed today!

      May 2

  • Cynthia S

    Oh, the weather! Just wow.

    1 · May 2

  • Pilar

    Awesome weather and company. Some of us made it to the top and suck some wonderful sun up there. Dry trial, just a bit of snow at the top. Thanks Greg.

    2 · May 2

  • Mike (Talks to R.

    Will try to make it (don't wait up). Dr's appt 8:10, if time allows I'll be there.

    May 2

    • Greg P.

      OK, thanks for the update.

      May 2

  • Jana L.

    Wow...it looks like great hiking weather!!
    Unfortunately, something's come up that I need to take care of, so I can't join you after all.
    Hopefully, I'll see you on another hike soon... :-)

    May 1

  • Greg P.

    Please be prepared for hot sunny weather and maybe a bit of wind. Bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, plenty of water. Also bring bear spray if you have it.

    NWS weather forecast for Friday: "Sunny. Highs in the 60s to near 70. Inlet breezes to 10 mph." :-)

    2 · May 1

    • Cynthia S

      Can we nap in the sun in the meadow?

      May 1

    • Greg P.

      Sure! Also think about bringing yourself a vaccum bottle with a cold drink. I'm planning on an iced mocha. ;)

      May 1

  • ShaneD

    Have to miss this one. Don't forget your sunscreen !!

    May 1

  • Mike (Talks to R.

    Hey Greg - I'm a definite maybe for this hike but won't know for sure until I get back to town. Currently in transit, Seattle airport.

    April 30

    • Greg P.

      Hope you can come. This will be a good intro for those who want to eventually summit Rainbow.

      April 30

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