Best Hikes Near Anchorage Guide Book

by John Tyson (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Anchorage  by John Tyson

176pp/color maps/color photos
ISBN: 0762743565

Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? This guide describes more than thirty of the best hikes within an hour’s drive of Anchorage—from a whole host of spectacular trails in Chugach State Park to inviting urban trails for after-work jaunts. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a strenuous day hike or even an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from: • Twin Peaks Trail—great views and wilderness adventure • Hillside Trail System • Flattop Mountain Trail • Historic Iditarod Trail • Turnagain Arm Trail–with beautiful views of Cook Inlet • Winter Creek Trail—with its mature spruce trees • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and other urban trails Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead and beyond (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, accurate trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and p

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Anchorage" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.
... Preview: This is an excellent hike for the entire family. Amazing scenery, boardwalks, viewing platforms, and an easy, flat trail are the main elements of the hike. The trail descends down along the Eagle Rive ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: Bird Creek takes you through some of the most amazing mature spruce forests in Chugach State Park. The tall, mature trees create a shadowed, somewhat spooky atmosphere, which emphasizes the damp fores ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Girdwood, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
... Preview: The Bird Ridge Trail is a relatively short trail to the ridge, yet it is challenging and has amazing views of Turnagain Arm. The views alone make this hike worth putting on your to-do list. The very ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The Bold Ridge Trail is steep and difficult, but it takes you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Chugach State Park. Outstanding views of Eklutna Lake below, Knik Arm, Twin Peaks, Bold Peak, ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: The Campbell Creek Trail stretches from south Anchorage near Minnesota Drive and Dimond Boulevard and heads northeast toward Tudor Road. This popular multipurpose trail follows the scenic Campbell C ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 14.8
... Preview: The Dew Mound Trail runs parallel to the historic Iditarod Trail. This easy 7.0-mile loop trail offers three return loop options along the way to shorten the hike, should you decide to head back soone ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: The East Fork Trail to Tulchina Falls is an excellent waterfall hike. The falls are spectacular from the bottom and can also be climbed—carefully—for a different view. The biggest drawback with this t ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: This popular trail is utilized year-round by local Alaskans for most every type of outdoor recreational activity. The well-traveled, extremely scenic, and easy-to-follow trail allows for various means ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: Eydlu Bena Loop Trail is an easy forested walk. It begins on a wide old roadbed, narrows into a dirt and gravel path, and eventually loops down to join the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. This is a good hik ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: If you like cascading waterfalls, a great stream, and exceptional views of Turnagain Arm, you don’t want to miss this hike. The rumbling stream with gradual cascading falls and mountain views provides ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: Flattop Mountain is the most climbed peak in all Alaska, so plan on having plenty of company on this trail. But don’t let the crowds discourage you if you have never ventured up Flattop. There are ext ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
... Preview: The steep but easy-to-follow Glen Alps to Williwaw Lakes Trail is a popular day hike to alpine tundra lakes. Wildlife such as moose, bears, Arctic ground squirrels, and willow ptarmigan is present in ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.4
... Preview: This trail is an offshoot of the South Fork Trail that leads to Eagle and Symphony Lakes. It provides some awesome views of the Eagle River Valley and South Fork Eagle River as it works its way up int ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: Access to the western trails in Chugach State Park is gained from the hillside of east Anchorage. Four major trailheads access the assortment of trails called the Hillside Trail System, ranging from e ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 0.25
... Preview: The Historic Iditarod Trail, also known as the Crow Pass Trail, has something for everyone and is rich in wildlife, history, and adventure. The trail is very well maintained and marked and offers extr ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Girdwood, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: This scenic trail is totally paved and follows the Turnagain Arm, the Seward Highway, and parts of the Alaskan Railroad. It has several bridge crossings, an underpass, scenic overlooks with viewing sc ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Girdwood, AK - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 13.4
... Preview: Three main trails in the Anchorage area are considered part of the Anchorage Greenbelt: the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, the Campbell Creek Trail, and the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, described ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: This hike follows a wide, easy path. The trail is mainly level and travels through a mixed spruce and birch forest with views of the Eagle River and surrounding mountains. Wildflowers and other beauti ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Eagle River, AK - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: The McHugh Lake Trail traverses in a northeasterly direction along the McHugh Creek Valley and parallel with McHugh Creek, finally ending at two pristine alpine lakes—Rabbit and McHugh. This excellent ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.2
... Preview: This trail is a good full-day hike to the top of a scenic ridge with truly outstanding views of the city of Anchorage. The trail is challenging, yet clearly defined and well traveled, offering opportu ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Anchorage"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8