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.