The Mount Ripinski Trail gains almost 4000 feet in elevation as it moves from coastal rainforest ecosystem to alpine habitats. The hike yields stunning views of the surrounding mountains and ocean and is a great hike for those looking for some good strenuous exercise and big views. Birders may encounter Sooty Grouse, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, ptarmigan, and chickadee on Mount Ripinsky. Also keep an eye open for mountain goats once in the alpine.
There are a couple of access points for the Mount Ripinski Trail. The most common access point is located about a mile from downtown Haines. To get there take 2nd avenue to Young Road and then follow Young Road keeping to the left to the parking area at the end of the road. The trail starts by a gate on left just prior to old pipeline road. The trail can also be accessed at the 7-Mile Saddle Trailhead, via a boardwalk from the Haines Highway.
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