Explore the most popular walking trails near Anchorage with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5/13/2018. Really nice escalation of difficulty as you progress. Last 100m or so is basically easy rock climbing as opposed to hiking. Still lots of snow and mud

The views are breathtaking. There are parts that are challenging, especially the rocks at the top, but it is well worth it.

Great little trail in Girdwood. Its at the very end of Timberline Road, which is the first right after the brewery on Alyeksa Hwy. The trailhead starts right next to private property so be sure to be respectful to those living in the area. The first part of the trail isn't really hard and only takes about 5 minutes to get to the waterfall. Great views and nice and easy there. Sit back and enjoy the sites and sounds. My kid, who is 2 years old was able to do this part with no issues. However, just to the left of the waterfall is a smaller goat trail which goes back for over a mile. It is a little steep and had lots of blown down trees. If you are willing to climb up and over all that the views through the woods near the stream are nice. My gps went a little crazy and only registered .4 miles round trip. It's only about .1 to the waterfall but like I said, the trail goes back over a mile.

This is an easy trail most of the way. I always keep my cramp ons in my bag and i wear gloves. Past the baseball field is a beautiful lake.

I hike this trail at least once a month. It has been muddy lately. I take extra clothing and my cramp ons.

road biking
11 days ago

I hiked this trail for the first time on 5/5/18. It was indeed challenging in certain parts because the snow was slushy/slippery and I didn’t have good traction on my feet. Some parts of the hike were very steep so please pay close attention to where you step. As you get closer to the top there are some wooden steps to help lift you and not lose track of the path. I recommend this hike in the summer where the snow isn’t too over bearing. The view, however, was incredible the whole way up. It was an excellent experience.

Went on 5/8/18 view was amazing as we caught some cloud separation over the ocean. Still icy and can be a bit difficult if you are carrying little children (2,4). Muddy in some spots as well. Was extremely dissapointed by all the dog poop, saw a few LEASHLESS DOGS. If you hike clean up after your animal, leaving full dog poop bags along the trail is still not cool.

View from the top is amazing. Some steep sections, can scramble up. Can be pretty busy during the summer. Would highly recommend during the solstice

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views throughout the entirety of the hike. Snow is still knee-deep in most places so you will definitely need waterproof shoes with good traction. We had to stop a bit before the summit because we did not have good enough traction for the amount of snow and scrambling required to get to the peak

trail running
15 days ago

10 miles off the Glen highway and five dollars to park. It's great for trail running and biking as it's mostly level with a spectacular view the full 7 miles to the other end of the lake. The first mile the trail is mostly shared with ATVs but everyone was good about slowing down to keep the amount of dust down. After that the running/biking trail occasionally meets up with the ATV trail. Definitely worth it.

walking
24 days ago

Very easy trail, if you follow the creek towards the bay, the trail turns pretty muddy. If you follow it upstream, the trail is all paved. There are plenty of benches to sit on, the trail is lighted. It goes all the way to the fish hatchery on Reeve Blvd. There are several areas to overlook the creek and ways down to the creek for fishing. Family friendly, wheel chair friendly.

This is not the Ramp, what the map is showing is Powerline Pass. It’s an easy biking, running, walking trail all the way to the back of the bowl. If you hike over the saddle you drop down into Indian, also part of the Powerline Pass route. The photo for this trail shown, is showing the valley for the Ramp Hike. Not sure how this got messed up.

walking
27 days ago

Super easy walk, as it’s just a boardwalk and not an actual trail. Great for those with young children, elderly or those who cannot handle trails / hiking but want the views!
Beautiful views of the mountains!!

starts off easy and then becomes extremely difficult until you reach the ridge line. amazing views. wear a good pair of shoes, it is muddy in the early spring.

hiking
29 days ago

Can lose the trail pretty easily when there’s a little snow. The views aren’t that great but nice enough. But you’ll work up a sweat if you aren’t a regular hiker!

Just did this hike on 4/22/2018 and it was awesome! A bit muddy at the start with snow following after but no postholing. Would recommend trekking sticks and once we reached the ridge top it was covered in snow, but crunchy snow. Amazing views! I will be attempting this again later this summer. Round trip we knocked it out in 5 1/2 hours with multiple breaks for snacks and such.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails on the Turnagain Arm. It has lots of different scenery, viewpoints, and the Trail Head has lots of things to do. I highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great easy hike on the same trail as Flattop mountain. After the initial climb onto the hill, you will have great views of Anchorage on clear days. There are several options for different hikes in the area from the parking lot. This is a very busy tourist area in the summer time so plan accordingly. It does cost money to park.

walking
1 month ago

This is a very easy 1.3 mile loop around Goose Lake. This trail also takes you past UAA on an easy loop. Dogs welcome on leashes, trail is all asphalt and kept up decently. There was no snow or ice on trail when I went. Park is open 9am-9pm. Free parking. At the parking area you can also take the trail and venture off onto Chester Creek Trail. Near the beach area is a kids park and playground equipment.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike on 4/15 and we got stuck in snow that gave in under us, which wasn’t so fun. It was harder than we expected due to us breaking in snow to our hips and getting out of it, I’m an experienced hiker from Washington State and my friend’s from Chicago. I would do this hike again but prepare better for snow or come back in the summer.
Overall it’s a great hike with amazing views and I’d recommend it.

road biking
1 month ago

Almost all the snow is gone! Easy ride, not much altitude change. Good for getting a taste of the outdoors and mostly not interacting with street traffic.

Easy to take the wrong path in the snowy months and end up on some random mountain thigh deep in snow. Needs better signage.

Awesome running trail but have to hit the seasons right. Lower parts of trail can be boggy in Spring/Summer.

Beautiful hike today, wear cleats still plenty of ice and snow.

Super slippery today. I had micro spikes and they didn’t help much. Some parts of the trail still have deeper snow. Amazing views. Stay to the right when choosing the loop to ascend if you want a steadier climb.

road biking
1 month ago

I rented a bike from in town and immediately set out on the trail - it was great! Beautiful, paved route along the coast. Some of the route is along the water, most is through the trees nearby. Can become quite exhausting on the south half in the hills, prepare yourself! Routes beneath the approach end of Anchorage Int'l runways.

You definitely do not want to do this trail until the ice melts. I attempted to go today (3/23/18) however with the inclines it was pretty much impossible. Maybe if I had spikes on my shoes it would have been easier. I’ll be back because it was pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first hike in Alaska. Went on a mostly clear day and had some really pretty views. Could see the city. I didn’t bring my dog but could have. Not too steep.

hiking
2 months ago

I was born and raised in WA and have done plenty of hiking in UT, so I’m no stranger to snowy hikes. That being said, my Anchorage-raised cousin, his pug, and I enjoyed the hike (although I would absolutely love to see the falls without the snow). My only word of caution is that when the snow gets packed down and hard, it can be very slippery. Try walking on the of the trail in order to keep your footing. I would also highly recommend waterproof pants.

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