Winner Creek Falls is only a very small 10 ft. high falls, but is located along a very scenic gorge on Winner Creek and it is a heckuva fun adventure to get to the falls.
The hike begins from the Crow Creek Mine, an interesting place where you can pan for gold and look at old mining buildings. You do have to pay to go into the mine, but you do not have to pay to go on this hike. The trail begins beside the road before the main parking area, and is signed as "hand tram". The trail leads through the forest well above Crow Creek, eventually joining up with the historic Iditarod Trail. At this trail junction, turn left onto the historic trail, going back down towards Crow Creek. Once you have arrived at the creek, the fun begins. You cross the creek on a Hand Tram, in which you get inside a little cage and pull yourself across the creek on a pulley system with your hands. You are very high above the creek, and it is a very fun experience (one of the most fun things I did in Alaska). It does take a lot of hard work to pull yourself across, however, and if you are afraid of heights, you may not want to do it. On the other side, the trail winds up and down to Winner Creek, where there is a very scenic gorge, and this pretty little waterfall. Definitely a very fun adventure.
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