This verdant stunner has views of Port Valdez, Shoup Glacier and the impressive Gold Creek Delta. Turn around when you reach Gold Creek Bridge at Mile 3.5 to make this a somewhat-challenging day, or go another seven steep, difficult and not always perfectly maintained miles along the water (and sometimes through it), bearing right to follow Shoup Bay to its tidewater glacier.
A free campsite and two reservable public-use cabins, Kittiwake and Moraine, are at the end of the trail, near a noisy kittiwake rookery. McAllister Creek Cabin is accessible by boat only. The trailhead is at a parking lot at the western terminus of Egan Dr. Bring mosquito repellent and prepare to get wet feet.