Alaska April 07, 2018
12 Low-Key Hikes In Alaska With Amazing Payoffs
Alaska is an enormous and wild place, and sometimes figuring out how to find an accessible part of all that beauty can be a challenge. No need to worry! We’ve found the best easy hikes for you to get to the most stunning vistas in the state. So, head out on these relaxing, low-key hikes and bring the whole gang to enjoy these lovely spots in Alaska. You won’t be disappointed by the simplicity of the trails or the payoffs at the end. Bask in the glow of the springtime sun and start your Alaskan adventures now, since with Alaska’s short summers, every day counts.
1. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage
2. Tangle Lakes Campground Trail, near Paxson
3. Eagle River Nature Center, Eagle River
This fascinating nature center is tucked in the Eagle River Valley, a truly stunning place to explore. Visit the center to get a map of the wide variety of options for wandering the Chugach Mountains and the valley below. The views are beautiful and you can choose your own short hike near the center for a memorable visit.
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4. Indian River Falls Trail, Sitka
5. Solomon Gulch Trail, Valdez
Starting at the Solomon Gulch Hatchery in Valdez, you can go just a short way up the steep incline to behold a breathtaking view of the Valdez Harbor. It is always a bit cool and rainy in the area, but the sun on the water and mountains makes for a transcendent view when you visit on just the right day.
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6. Beluga Point, Turnagain Arm
7. Thunderbird Falls, Anchorage
8. Byron Glacier Trial, Portage Valley
9. Angel Rocks, Fairbanks
Lying a 45 minute drive up Chena Hot Springs Road from the interior town of Fairbanks, this brisk 1.5 miles up to the rocks is easy enough for almost anyone to tackle. Head up this easy trail to an epic view of the valley. Apres hike, you can continue down to road to Chena Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the mineral water.
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10. Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
11. Exit Glacier Trail, Kenai
12. Kesugi Ken Campground, Parks Highway
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How many of these hikes have you tried? Tell us about it in the comments below.