Travel Tuesday: Spring hikes with the kiddos
Daybreak’s family fun expert has some recommendations for spring hikes around Anchorage this month.
Erin Kirkland, of AKontheGo.com, joined James and Megan on the couch for Travel Tuesday. She said families must first keep safety in mind.
“Dress appropriately, have good footwear, don’t take on more than your youngest family member [can handle],” Kirkland explained. “Some spots have lots of ice, so wear those grippers!”
Here are some of the spots Kirkland recommends:
Winner Creek Trail, Girdwood – “It’s looking pretty good. It’s a mostly level hike stretching from Alyeska Resort’s tram terminal to Winner Creek, about 3 miles round trip. During the summer, hikers can take the hand tram across the creek, but that is not quite ready for foot traffic. So, you’ll have to make it an out and back, but it’s a great way to stretch legs and enjoy this beautiful forest trail.”
Turnagain Arm Trail, Seward Highway – “It’s always one of the first to melt even in a snowy winter, and this year it has been popular almost every weekend. Pick it up at Potter Creek just past Potter Marsh and make your way along the Seward Highway. It offers fantastic views of Turnagain Arm and the upper crags of the Chugach Range. If you have two cars you can make this a round trip, quitting at McHugh or even further down at Rainbow. Or go out and back.”
Glen Alps – “Yes, the most popular trailhead system in Anchorage, but still a crowd-pleaser. Try parking at Flattop then winding around Blueberry Hill or Powerline Pass. Still some snowy spots, but that just makes it more fun. Watch for moose.”
Campbell Tract – “Can’t beat this for a quick trek into the urban wilderness of Anchorage. Park at either Smokejumper trail off Elmore Road or Campbell Airstrip trailhead off Campbell Airstrip Road. Still very icy in spots, but easy to navigate and perfect for young hikers.“
Alaska Botanical Garden – “A great stroll among the amazing gardens of ABG, even in the early spring when nothing is blooming. Wide trails, interesting interpretive information, and the 1-mile Lowenfels Family Nature Trail that heads toward a fork of the Campbell Creek. It’s located just off Campbell Airstrip Road. You do have to pay a small admission fee, but it’s worth it.”
Eagle River Nature Center – “It’s offering a family hike on Saturday, April 18 around their kid-friendly trails with a guide.”