Selawik Refuge does not offer any developed, guided, or marked hiking trails. Self-guided hiking is permitted on all refuge lands, with some of the most suitable terrain found in the Waring Mountains and other upland areas.

In the winter, a network of marked winter trails (primarily used by snowmobiles) crosses the refuge and the rest of the surrounding region, connecting communities for safe overland travel. This trail network is administered by the Northwest Arctic Borough in partnership with the refuge and local community Search & Rescue volunteers.