Located in Alaska, the hiking in Anchorage offers over fifteen hikes. The best Anchorage hiking based on popularity are considered to be Hilltop Trails, Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Crow Pass / Iditarod Trail, Kincaid Park, and Anchorage Parks. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Anchorage hiking trail below.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 12.7 mile one-way route to the Eklutna Glacier with a 300 feet elevation gain. It runs along an abandoned roadbed. The trail follows the lakeshore for 7 miles, then onto glacial gravel bars. The last mile is footpath through glacial debris. There are wonderful views of steep canyon walls, waterfalls and Eklutna Glacier. Along the way, you may encounter wildlife such as Dall sheep, mountain goats and pikas.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Twin Peaks Trail is a 3.2 mile one-way trek with scenic views and wildlife. It has 1,500 feet of elevation gain. The area is popular for berry picking in the late summer.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Bold Ridge Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way trek with a 2,500 feet elevation gain. The route offers scenic views of Bold Peak and the Eklutna Lake below. It is accessible from Mile 5 of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Peters Creek Trail is a 5 mile one-way trek with scenic views. After the first five miles, an unmarked, unmaintained trail continues 11 miles to the treeline and open tundra, so be sure to bring a map and compass as the trail can be lost easily. The old roadbed has steep, muddy sections with unbridged stream crossings.
East of Anchorage from the Prospect Height Trailhead, the Wolverine Peak Trail is a 5.2 mile one-way hiking trek to the summit with an elevation gain of 3,380 feet. There are scenic views of the Alaska Range and Cook Inlet. The trail is accessible from Mile 2 of the Near Point Trail which starts at the Prospect Height Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Prospect Height Trailhead, the Middle Fork to Williwaw Lakes route is a 6.5 mile one-way trek to the largest lake in the area. The hiking route has 1,600 feet of elevation gain. There are scenic views of Mt Williwaw and mountain hemlock groves. The trail is accessible from Mile 1.3 of the Near Point Trail from the Prospect Heights Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Glen Alps Trailhead, the Glen Alps To Williwaw Lakes route is a 6 mile one-way hiking trek with scenic views of Mt Williwaw and mountain hemlock groves. The trail is accessible from Mile 0.75 of the Powerline Trail from the Glen Alps Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Glen Alps Trailhead, the Powerline Trail runs 11 miles southeast to the town of Indian with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Along the Powerline Trail, there are mountain hemlock groves and open tundra.
Southeast of Anchorage and Indian, the Bird Creek Valley Trail follows the creek for 5.5 miles one-way up toward Bird Pass. The route passes large trees along the way. An interesting multiple day trip can be done by going west in the Ship Creek drainage and returning over Indian Creek Pass.