Alaska March 21, 2019
Kick Off Spring In Alaska With These 7 Scenic Hikes Under Two Miles
Alaska is undoubtedly home to some pretty amazing hiking trails across the state. But many of the most famous ones can be really hard, have difficult skill levels, and be geared towards experienced hikers. For those new to hiking, or with a shorter amount of time to spend on a trail, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite seven hikes that measure in at less than 1.5 miles in Alaska.
1. Potter Marsh Trail — 1.0 miles, Anchorage, Alaska
The Potter Marsh Trail isn't just visually stunning, it's also wheelchair accessible. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll down the boardwalks off the Seward Highway. This raised wooden walk goes over right over a river that salmon run through. But that's not the only wildlife you'll see — bring binoculars for the incredible amount of birds you'll encounter, but you won't need them for the moose that frequent the area.
2. Rodak Nature Loop — 0.8 miles, Eagle River Nature Center
This easy trail in Eagle River is a nice, easy loop for the whole family. The trail brings you all the way down to a platform observation deck, where the views in the valley are absolutely stunning. This is an excellent area for wildlife viewing. Make sure you check in with the Visitor's Center so they can let you know what has been spotted recently.
3. Reflection Lake Trail — 1.1 miles, Palmer, Alaska
This gorgeous trail loops right around the beautiful Reflection Lake. With scenic vistas at every turn, this is a perfect easy afternoon stroll. The trail is well maintained, and the views of Pioneer Peak are a showstopper. There is plenty of parking and a lookout tower for you to explore.
4. Gold Creek Flume Trail — 1.4 miles, Juneau, Alaska
Another beautiful boardwalk on our list! This trail is also wheelchair accessible. Follow this out and back trail in Juneau to see some beautiful sights, including waterfalls. The wooden planks are raised above the old mining grade. With no elevation gain, this is truly a great hike for the new hikers in your family.
5. Parks Highway Bike Trail — 1.0 miles, Denali, Alaska
This paved path follows along the scenic Nenana River to Nenana Canyon. It is an excellent stroll that connects the business district in Nenana Canyon to the Park Entrance. An easy stroll, there's a less than 5 percent grade for you to deal with, so you can focus on the gorgeous views instead.
6. Birch Hill Blue Loop Trail — 1.1 miles, Fairbanks, Alaska
This is a nice, easy forest loop located in the Birch Hill Recreational Area in Fairbanks. In the winter this is a highly trafficked cross country ski trail, but in the spring, summer, and fall you can enjoy taking a leisurely ramble through this gorgeous forest.
7. Beluga Slough Trail — 1.2 miles, Homer, Alaska
This beautiful trail starts at a parking lot at the beach. This easy trail meanders along the ocean and besides the estuary. The boardwalk is flat, and there are picnic tables for you to rest at and bird watch. You'll see plenty of wildlife, with many sightings of Bald Eagles reported. The mountains across the bay are a beautiful scene to take in during your walk.
What are you waiting for? Lace up those hiking boots and explore Alaska’s scenery — without the long, difficult trails.