Now that we have all the basics covered and you’re ready to hike…but where?
I’m going to list a variety of hikes in the greater Anchorage proper and then do another post on hikes outside of Anchorage.
1.GLEN ALPS aka Powerline aka Flattop Parking Lot
There are soooo many options that are based out of the Glen-Alps Trailhead.
Powerline: Jogging stroller friendly, relatively flat, can’t get lost, beautiful views. Easy to find! If you make it to the bridge it’s roughly 2.5 miles from the parking lot.
Blueberry Hill: This has a bit of a climb (less than a 1/4 mile) as it is the start of the Flattop Mountain trail, but you can circle the hill with littles easily. Not stroller friendly, but if you hit it right–you can pick blueberries!
Middle-Fork Trail: This trail cuts off powerline to the left, and down the hill to the creek. If you follow this trail down valley you come across the cut-off to the Williwa lakes trail and then just a bit further there is a pretty creek crossing. If you make it to the second creek and back its about 6.5 miles. Lots of geocaches along this trail. Be warned there is a notoriously muddy section–but it’s not that long. You can also cut up towards the O’Malley Gulch–which is steep!
2. Canyon Road
This trailhead has a couple of options as well. To get here, take DeArmoun all the way up and then take a right on Canyon Rd. The trailhead is at the very end of Canyon Rd.
Rabbit Lakes: This is one of my very favorite hikes. It is a steady small inclined hill until you reach the lake. It is 4 miles to the lake–so a long hike, but I’ve made it 2 miles in with the kiddos and then we turned around. Beautiful views and always lots of wildflowers. Bear spray and moose awareness is a must on the first 2 miles.
Backside of Flattop: This is the trail to take kids if they want to climb a mountain. Steady switch backs all the way to the saddle between Flattop and Peak 2. Once you reach the saddle you can decide which mountain to climb!
Great trailhead with very wide trails and good views of Denali on a clear day. Favorites of ours include going to the creek towards Wolverine bowl, checking out the canyon and the Rim Trail*.
*Rim Trail gets very overgrown towards the middle end of July. Its a better Spring hike!
This is a large park in the middle of the city. It’s great for a short run or walk with the dog. Most trails are jogging stroller friendly. There are creeks to check out and lots of geo-caches. **AVOID Mellens Way and Rovers Run in the Summer–these trails go directly next to the creek and have HIGH bear activity. Someone gets hurt there every year.** The other trails I feel very comfortable bringing kiddos with.
Kincaid is the park down on the point of the peninsula that Anchorage sits on. There are paved trails (coastal trail) and nordic trails you can walk on in the summer. You even can get down to the beach. The Dunes are also located in Kincaid, but they are from the Jodphur Parking Lot. There are a lot of moose in Kincaid!