Looking for toddler hiking trails in Anchorage, Alaska? Explorer mom Brenda from @brenda.h.ak has shared with us her favourite toddler hiking trails in Anchorage. Here are some trails for you to check out on your next Alaskan adventure:
1. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a 19 mile out and back paved multi-use trail with several access points. We love this trail for biking, walking, or xc skiing in the winter with amazing coastal views.
2. Potters Marsh Boardwalk
Potter’s Marsh Boardwalk is a great first “hike” for new walkers with several benches to stop at for a break! This one mile loop is great for bird watching and seeing some of Alaska’s wildlife. There are bathrooms at the trailhead.
3. The Turnagain Arm Trail
The Turnagain Arm Trail: Rainbow trailhead to windy corner trailhead is a beautiful 4 mile out and back trail with views of the Turnagain Arm. This trail does get a little narrow in spots with a few small creek crossings and a slight elevation gain at the beginning, but flattens out at the top. We enjoy this trail more in the early spring or late fall as it get overgrown in spots.
4. Eagle River Nature Center
There are several trails here where you feel more remote than you actually are; however, there is limited to no cell service out here. Two of the shorter hikes are the 1 mile Rodak Nature Loop and the 3.3 mile Albert Loop trail with amazing Mountain View’s. Bear and moose are also more common at the Nature Center. Heavy duty strollers may work for part for the first part of these trails.
5. Barbara Falls
Barbara Falls is an amazing 1.3 mile hike with minimal elevation gain to a beautiful waterfall. At the bridge, you can walk down the trail to the base of the waterfall or continue over the bridge to the waterfall lookout. The parking is in a neighborhood, so please be respectful of the parking signs.
6. Arctic Valley
Artic Valley: Mount Gordon Lyons to the saddle. If you’re wanting to start building those hiking legs and try out a little more incline, hiking up to the “saddle” in Artic Valley between Mount Gordon Lyons and Rendezvous is the perfect trail with amazing views! This trail is about 2.5 miles RT with an elevation gain of about 800 ft. The drive up is beautiful; however, the road is unpaved bumpy at times.
As with any hikes outside, please be aware of wildlife, especially moose and bear here in Alaska!