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

hiking
7 hours ago

Love this hike. The trail is easy to follow and has some incredible views. We saw a few sheep off in the distance but did not spot much other wildlife on our hike. The fireweed was at the top of it’s blooms but still made for some awesome pictures.

Easy trail to get right to Nugget Falls with great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the mountains!

hiking
14 hours ago

Beautiful view, given it started drizzling mid-hike but nonetheless it was gorgeous. Trail gets steeper and more gravelly as you get closer to the top but overall was a fun hike.

The best trail I’ve taken in Alaska so forth. It was very cloudy and windy so the views were not that spectacular but once you reach Portage Lake, glacier view is very impressive. The first up is steep and exhausting but it is worth the effort.

Easily one of my favorite hikes to date. Arrived around 10 am on a September day, only one other car in the lot. Steep and rocky at the beginning but after that it is quite easy. Got to the top of the ridge and it was breath taking seeing the glacier for the first time. We got there and it was foggy which added a mystique aspect to the trailhead. With the fog and surrounding mountains, it seemed like the trail was from a fairytale.

hiking
2 days ago

Such a beautiful hike! Great for picnicking at the lake up top. Good hike for children- smaller kids should be carried on the second half that ascends up to the lake. Trail is narrow and not level. We are always treated to small wildlife and the water is so pretty.

Loved the view, easy trails to walk on.

Loved this trail! We did it while I was pregnant. Beautiful views

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing once you get through the crowd of people at the beginning picking berries. Pretty steep all the way up. Once at the top, the trail continues along the ridge where you can see everything!

Great trail, well used. Wide, flat, smooth.

hiking
2 days ago

Recommend bringing trekking poles. Very steep on the way up, if you take the right entrance. Left side could be used for both up and down if you don’t mind walking a little longer and stay on the safe side. Amazing view on the top though! Could be a great work out trail!

Easy trail for the whole family. Hand tram is fun but bring gloves. No steep hill.

hiking
3 days ago

We parked at the unpaved lot / harder side and I agree that it was a moderate hike. My wife had our dog and I had our 4-year on my back. It was pretty much straight up the entire way and got a little sketchy on some of the rock climbing sections. There were many slippery parts from recent rain so be careful (especially if you’re carrying a child). Also, part way up we stopped at some blueberries and snacked on a few. Trekking poles would also have been useful on the way down. The view at the top was definitely worth it though!

Went all over not just by the buildings. Hiked up to the cross and in back by the yurt and A- frame. . Will be beautiful in the fall.

hiking
3 days ago

Fantastic hike!! definitely not for the faint hearted, the walk is pretty steep and the air gets very thin but it's worth it for the views! FYI the ski lift looks like its shut but there are two so keep walking down and you'll see it; $15 for a trip down - we were dead on our feet so were more than happy to grab it. Lots of wasps around the top for anyone allergic. A must hike!

Great trail with outstanding views the whole way. Watch your step & Take your time. Bad knees should avoid as the downhill is steep.

Great for toddler hikers. Lots of birds and flocks of geese late summer as fall approaches.

Nice trail surface for walking or trail running. Wet spots likely in rainy weather. Groomed for Nordic freestyle and classic skiing during the season. Options for longer loops on UAF trails, though some can be swampy!

16 Aug 2018 - Flat and well maintained trail. Perfect trail for walking the pups, great scenery, lots of pollen flying from the fireweed, smooth trail to run, and pretty awesome to watch the planes depart/arrive! Saw a couple people on bikes as well, it’s a pretty wide trail to easily share.

hiking
4 days ago

If you are short on time, start midway at the parking lot and take the stairs. At the top of the stairs I turned left and exited at the University of Ketchikan parking lot. The view from the stairs was really the only view I encountered. Forest type hike all along the trail and very easy. Nice easier hike in Ketchikan (once you get up the stairs!).

fun walk with the dog

easy and fun, great totem poles and fun to jog through

Nice simple hike. Bring shoes you can get wet if you want to reach the falls

Beautiful hike/walk. Easy and clearly marked trails. We saw a bald eagle at the lake, moose tracks and bear scat.

Easy and quick family friendly hike. Definitely recommend this one.

hiking
8 days ago

Well worth the hike. I’d recommend going up the hard route (right) and reward yourself by coming down the easier side (left). The views at the top were breathtaking. Took about 35 minutes up with water breaks and had the summit to myself. If you have the time, continue along the ridge to Black Tail (another must do).

8 days ago

Great bike ride!

Great trail, pretty easy but amazing views.. lots of water and big waterfall!! Glad I got to explore Alaska trails!!

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