Alaska Hiking, Nature May 03, 2022
Walk Or Ride Alongside The Ocean On The 20-Mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail In Alaska
If you want to get out and enjoy the scenery, the Coastal Trail in Alaska is a must-do if you’re in Anchorage. Coming in at 20 miles long one way, this could be an all-day adventure, or a quick outing to soak in the sunshine and fresh air. Traveling along the Cook Inlet, this is an urban stroll for those that want some breathtaking views of downtown Anchorage and beyond.
There’s a fabulous trail that’s one of Anchorage’s best-kept secrets, and it follows along the ocean for much of its 20-mile length.
Originating in Kincaid Park, or at Elderberry Park in downtown Anchorage, this hike is filled with twists, turns, lagoons, plenty of wildlife, and miles upon miles of paved trail. You can also access the hike at numerous parks along the way.
The trail hugs the coastline, but dips in and out of forests along the way.
The trail is a multi-use trail, and you’ll see rollerbladers, walkers, runners, bikers, and more. Remember to stay to your right and practice trail etiquette as you move along, because this is a very popular place to enjoy, especially in the warmer months.
You’ll pass Westchester Lagoon along your way, and you could even make it a destination.
In the summertime, you’ll see people kayaking, stand up paddling, or fishing in the Lagoon. In the wintertime, you’ll spot skiers, ice skaters, and people walking and enjoying the cold, thick ice.
There are plenty of picture-perfect views, and downtown Anchorage can look spectacular on your walk.
You will also be treated to great images of Sleeping Lady. By Earthquake Park you’ll have a great view of Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter on a clear, humidity free day, too!
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, especially in the spring and summertime.
Moose are very common along the trail. There have been a couple of cases of moose charging pedestrians and bicyclists, so give them a wide berth if you see them.
The trail is even fun in the wintertime.
Cross country ski, snow shoe, or fat bike all along the way. Snow doesn’t stop Anchorage residents, and it shouldn’t stop you, either!
Pack a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds you’ll see while exploring the area.
Whether you start at Westchester Lagoon, downtown, or even at Kincaid Park, the view is fabulous all along the trip. There’s no better way to enjoy Anchorage than on the Tony Knowles Coast Trail.
Have you ever hiked this coastal trail in Alaska? What did you think? What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments below!
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