The Blueberry Loop Trail Might Be One Of The Most Beautiful Short-And-Sweet Hikes To Take In Alaska
Some of the best Alaska hiking trails are strenuous and take all day, but sometimes, a quick and easy trail is all you need. The Blueberry Loop trail is an easy hike in Anchorage, boasting a vast array of breathtaking scenery despite its short-and-sweet length. Take a look:
Check out the website for Chugach State Park for maps and more information about the trail.
Have you ever hiked the Blueberry Loop Trail? If so, what’s your favorite part of the journey? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for other beautiful hikes in Alaska, check out the Red Shirt Lake Trail.
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Best Hikes in Alaska
What is the weather like in the spring in Alaska?
During the spring, Alaska usually has temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, the weather in Alaska is just as unique as everything else about the state. And because of its vast size, just because it’s warm in the south doesn’t mean it’s warm in the north. In fact, those northern areas are well, always cold. But no matter where you are, expect spring to actually start much later than the calendar tells you: you won’t find temps in the 60s until late April or even May. In fact, early spring in Alaska isn’t the greatest time for outdoor fun, unless you enjoy the cold, wind, and very frequent precipitation. But if you do, take one of these scenic hikes in Alaska.
What are the best family-friendly hikes in Alaska?
The best family-friendly hikes in Alaska are:
- Portage Pass - Whittier
- Flattop Mountain - Anchorage
- Rainbow Falls – Wrangell
- Hope Point Trail - Hope
- Porcupine Creek Falls - Chugach National Forest
- Angel Rocks Trail - Chena Hot Springs
While there are some truly epic hikes here, it’s always nice when you can get the whole family together to explore nature. And luckily, there are a ton of easy hikes in Alaska. Portage Pass Trail in Whittier is four miles round-trip and is the only easy option if you want to see the Portage Glacier in a hike. As a bonus, you’ll also get views of Portage Lake. In Chugach State Park, you’ve got Thunderbird Falls Trail, a two-mile out-and-back trail that takes you out to a viewing deck of the 200-foot falls. On the way, you’ll head through the forest and alongside the Eklutna River canyon.
What are the best outdoor adventures in Alaska?
The best outdoor adventures in Alaska are:
- Kachemak Bay State Park
- Brushkana Campground
- Worthington Glacier
- Hike to the Windy Creek Overlook
While there is a ton of outdoor recreation to be had within Alaska’s 665,000 square miles, it's the eight national parks that will give visitors the most opportunities for adventure, and where you’ll find some of the best hikes in Alaska. There’s Denali National Park, where you can camp, mush, snowmobile, climb, and hike within its six million acres. In Fairbanks, you’ll find Gates of the Arctic National Park, where you can hike, camp, and kayak. At Katmai National Park in King Salmon, you can bear-watch, fish, camp, hike, and more. There are about 40 glaciers within Kenai Fjords National Park outside Seward. In the Arctic region, there is Kobuk Valley National Park and its sand dunes, where you can boat, fish, camp, and hike. Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the US, clocking in at 13.2 million acres. Here you hike, backpack, mountain bike, boat, camp, and fish. At Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska, you can camp, backpack, raft, and sea kayak within its 3.3 million acres. And then at Port Alsworth’s Lake Clark National Park, you’ll be able to hike, camp, bear-watch, fish, and raft.