The sheer size of Anchorage–1,955 sq. miles–promises to keep any walker on their feet as long as they can stand. The city is home to some of the finest trail systems around, boasting a 120-mile network of trails that connect one end of the city to the other. Most trails are independent of streets, thoroughfare and motorized vehicles, leaving safe, wide open spaces for walkers and hikers to meditate on Alaska’s famed beauty and wildlife.

The most easily accessible and popular walk is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which stretches some 11 miles along scenic Cook Inlet from downtown to Kincaid Park. Even the most casual of walkers can be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mt. Susitna and Denali, as well as bald eagles, moose, trains, and yes–planets. Other paved trails in Anchorage include Chester Creek, Campbell Creek and the Ship Creek Trail.  The Campbell Creek trail is now easily accessible from downtown by a free shuttle leaving from 4th and F St.   The shuttle stops at the Alaska Wildberry Products store which is about a block away from the Peanut Farm where you can access the trail.  South of town is a 7-mile trail along Turnagain Arm from Indian to the Girdwood turnoff. 

For those looking beyond the pavement, Anchorage offers an even vaster hiking trail system.  Alaska's most frequently climbed mountain is Flattop Mountain.  Powerline Pass, Bird Ridge, Turnagain Arm, Byron Glacier, Eagle River Nature Center and Thunderbird Falls are just a scant few of the local favorites.  Hikes vary in length, difficulty and proximity to town, so plan accordingly.  And don’t forget shoes and water!

Learn more about navigating the trails and hikes of Anchorage at http://www.anchorage.net/809.cfm and at Chugach State Park.