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Rainbow Trailhead

I love this trailhead! To the south you can wind about a mile uphill through a lovely birch forest, then either continue hiking along the Turnagain Arm Trail toward McHugh Creek, or scramble up scree to climb Rainbow Peak. Heading the other way sends you to Windy Corner, the last trailhead on the Turnagain Arm Trail. The stretch between Rainbow and Windy is my favorite part of this trail… until the first mile or so gets crazily overgrown in mid summer.

Still, all in all, not bad at all for a trailhead that’s just off the highway, and ironically less likely to be crowded than the fee lots at McHugh and Potter.

Rainbow to Windy

  • GPS Coordinates: Coming soon!
  • Fee: Amazingly, there’s still no fee to park here.
  • Trails: Rainbow Peak, Turnagain Arm Trail (Rainbow -> McHugh trailhead or Rainbow->Windy Corner trailhead)
  • Driving Directions: Take the Seward Highway south out of town; Rainbow is the next trailhead after McHugh Creek. The turnoff is to the left of the road at about mile marker 108, but the little hiker sign that tells you it’s coming up is actually on the right side of the road.

Pictured: Even though the Turnagain Arm Trail runs quite close to the Seward Highway, you still get lovely views like this — especially on the portion that runs from Rainbow to Windy Corner.