10 Amazing Alaska Hikes Under 3 Miles That Are Ideal For A Little Adventure
When on a road trip, especially with the whole clan, making a long hike or an overnight backpack trip can be far too much. These shorter hikes can be done in an afternoon, just an easy way to stretch the legs and see some of the beautiful vistas Alaska has to offer. Some are a little steeper, some just a walk in the park. Enjoy these trails under three miles for day hikes in Alaska.
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Many of the hikes on this list would qualify as some of the most beautiful hikes in Alaska. Flattop Trail gives you sweeping views over the city of Anchorage, and the Carter Lake Trail takes you into the backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula to give you beautiful scenes of towering mountains and a lake nestled in the valley. Probably the most famous, and on a clear day, arguably the most beautiful, would be the hike to ascend Denali. This grueling expedition takes no less than 17 days to complete. While long and intense, and incredibly challenging, the stunning beauty you would see on your ascent of North America’s largest mountain would make every step worth it.
What do I need to bring on a hike in Alaska?
This depends on the length of your hike, the season in which you’re hiking, and the weather you will be hiking in. If you’re ever headed out into the backcountry, even for a short jaunt, you’ll want some staples in your backpack. You’ll want plenty of water, bear spray except in the winter season, and some sort of snack. It wouldn’t hurt to throw an extra pair of socks, or bug repellant in there too. If you’re going on a multi-day backpacking adventure, you’ll add in a tent, sleeping bag, a warm change of clothes, plenty of food and water, and some sort of kit to keep your food away from bears. You might want to bring a fire starter like matches or a lighter, and in the winter you wouldn’t want to leave without your avalanche beacon. No matter when you head out, always make sure you tell someone where you’re hiking and when you’ll be expected back. If something unexpected happens, you’ll want someone who can point help right to your location.