5 Hikes You’ll FALL in Love With
September 21, 2018 | Barb Huntley
Bird Ridge – Are you looking for a short but exhausting hike? Bird Ridge is our answer. You’ll gain about 3,400 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles. Once you hit the top, most likely panting, you’ll be blown away by the 360 degrees views over Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm. You’ll see the sweeping mountains, eagles and other birds coasting in the wind. It truly will take your breath away… figuratively and literally.

Ekultna Lake – This trail can be overlooked because it also allows biking and ATVS, but don’t let that deter you from the beautiful views it offers. The trail is an old roadbed that follows the shore of glacier-fed Eklutna Lake for 8 miles, then another four and a half to a lookout that's meant to showcase Eklutna Glacier.

Portage Pass – A short but sweet hike very close to Anchorage. You’ll start off with a bang on a steep 1-mile incline but then it levels out. The trail is 5.4 miles and easy to follow. The hike will offer beautiful views and is doable for kids.

Flattop Mountain Trail - A 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash. This is a great hike if you don’t have a lot of time!

Power Line to Hidden Lake Trail - Powerline to Hidden Lake Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Steep mountain walls, mountain peaks, beautiful valleys and streams, mature Sitka spruce forest, and areas rich in wildlife provide plenty of enjoyment along the way. The trail is generally wide and uphill until it reaches the pass and then becomes very steep as it heads down to Indian. Dogs are allowed on the trail. It’s also great for bicycling, skiing and trail running.
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