Hiking in Chena Hot Springs
Granite Tors Trail. A 15-mile loop that can be done in a day, the trail provides an opportunity to see dramatic "tors"—fingers of rock protruding through grassy meadow—reminiscent of the moai monuments of Easter Island. The trail gains nearly 3,000 feet in elevation, but the views at the top make the climb worthwhile. Although the Interior landscapes lack the impressive mountain views of other parts of the state, the enormous expanse of rolling hills and seemingly endless tracts of forest are every bit as awe-inspiring. However, since there are no mountains to collect snow and contribute to the water table, water sources along the way are unreliable. Hiking uphill on a hot summer day is dehydrating. Bring a couple of quarts of water per person. Bring mosquito repellent, too, and keep in mind that the weather is fickle. A bright, sunny morning can easily give way to an overcast, rainy, and windy afternoon. Come with adequate clothing, including rain gear, no matter how promising the skies look when you start. A shorter hike is the 3.5-mile Angel Rocks Trail, near the area's eastern boundary. AK.