We asked all of our followers where they want to see trail guides to, and Alaska was one of them! Our Explorer Family, @brenda.h.ak, shared her families favourite family-friendly trails in Alaska. You can click on her name to view her Instagram! Brenda is a mom of 2, exploring all that Alaska has to offer. Fueled by coffee, Brenda constantly inspires us by the epic adventures she takes her kids on! Here is what she had to say:
Curry Ridge is about 2.5 hrs north of Anchorage. It’s a 6.5 mile out and back trail with amazing views of Denali (tallest mountain in North America) almost the whole way. With an incline of about 1,100 ft, it makes for a great day hike with kids and an even better backpacking trip!
Bodenburg Butte (West Butte Trail)
The Butte is a great introductory hike for beginner hikers with views of Palmer and the Knik Glacier! It’s about 874ft elevation gain in about 1.5 miles. It offers a series of 505 steps to reach the summit. A great short/easy hike for new hikers!
Eklutna Lakeside Trail
About 30 minutes from Anchorage, Eklutna Lake offers two amazing hikes. The lakeside trail is fairly flat and goes along the lake for about 12 miles, suitable for hiking, biking, or skiing in the winter. We typically go in about 3-4 miles and turn around. There are public use cabins around the trail as well
The second trail I love to hike with my kids is the twin peaks trail (to the first bench). It’s a little over 1,000ft elevation gain in about 2 miles. Once to the first bench, it offers amazing views of Eklutna Lake (the source of Anchorage’s drinking water). Also, look out for an old abandoned car a little more than halfway up the trail.
Portage Pass Trail
Before you even start the hike, you get to drive through the Anton Anderson Memorial, aka the Whittier Tunnel. It’s the longest tunnel in North America for both vehicles and trains, which takes you into the unique town of Whittier.
This trail is a little more of a challenge for little legs, but so worth it! My 3 year old backpacked it this summer on his own two feet with the help of a bag of gummy worms. It’s about 4.5 miles RT, with about 1400 ft elevation gain. Even going halfway (first mile is all up hill) is worth the incredible views of Portage Glacier. Enjoy blueberries and salmon berries along the trail during prime berry season!
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