Mineral Creek Road

Valdez, Alaska (Valdez-Cordova County)

Last Updated: 09/07/2019
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.09 miles
Highest Elevation: 619 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Valdez
Nearest Town w/ Services: Valdez
Official Road Name: Mineral Creek Road
Management Agency: City of Valdez
District: Valdez


Highlight: Mineral Creek Road
A narrow canyon trail with views of glaciers, rugged mountains surrounding you, and mining efforts throughout the years (historical as well as current) are all present along this short sojourn into the Alaskan wilderness. Anyone looking for historic goldmines will be well rewarded along Mineral Creek Road and hiking the area. At the end of the drivable trail (where this trail guide ends and marked with a gate), a hiking trail continues to the historic Smith Mill about 1 mile further up the canyon. (At the time of mapping this guide, a landslide prevented safe hiking to the Smith Mill, proceed at your own risk.)


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This is the start of the dirt road and the end of the pavement. The Valdez city water tower is visible from here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Valdez, Alaska

From the intersection of Egan Avenue & Hazelet Avenue bear north on Hazelet Avenue until you reach Hanagita Street. Turn west (left) on Hanagita Street until the first intersection, then bear north (right) on Mineral Creek Drive. Bear north (right) again after the bend onto Mineral Creek Road. You are now at the trailhead.


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Writer Information

Kyle Todd

Mapping Crew - Alaska

Kyle has been into off-roading since getting his license at 16 and wheeling the family SUV (possibly without informing his parents of these wheeling trips in their vehicles). He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Electrical Engineering degree. He lives in south-central Alaska and is raising his two young kids. Kyle stays busy year-round by working full-time as an Electrical Engineer who spends his weekends wheeling, hunting, fishing the local lakes, and raising his family. He is eager to share his love of the outdoors with others, especially when it involves a 4WD. His goal is to create an amazing resource for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the endless beauty Alaska has to offer while respecting the trails and keeping them open for years and generations to come.
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