Shoup Bay Trail is a weather dependent trail. In dry conditions it's a great trail to hike out along Port Valdez. If it has been raining the trail can be quite muddy and slick with some flooding about 3/4 miles in on the trail. The trail hugs the base of the mountains with mild elevation gains, and then slopes down when approaching Gold Creek. Gold Creek is a popular turn around location for those doing Shoup Bay as a day hike. Gold Creek offers a nice place to cool off in clear water and offers shade and good berry picking opportunities.
Richardson Highway turns into Egan Drive, the main street through Valdez. Stay on Egan Drive heading west through town and you will cross Mineral Creek bridge and shortly after the road will end. The parking lot for Shoup Bay Trail is on the left.