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With the third-largest state park in the nation and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails at your doorstep, it's time to lace up the shoes and discover Alaska. But there's no reason to take the trip alone; learn about Anchorage's wild residents and Alaska's amazing geologic history on walks with knowledgeable naturalists.

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More than 300 miles of trails, Anchorage is a summer haven for hiking and exploring the Last Frontier.
More than 300 miles of trails, Anchorage is a summer haven for hiking and exploring the Last Frontier. ©Visit Anchorage/Lilly Kelly

Hiking Articles

Thousands of years and immense geologic forces forged Alaska’s mountain ranges, six of which are visible from downtown Anchorage.
Anchorage has been recognized by Runners World, Bicycling Magazine and the American Hiking Society as having one of the best trail systems in the United States, and it’s easy to see why!
Folding into the foothills of East Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains provide some of the most accessible hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and climbing areas in Alaska.
Southcentral Alaska is great mushroom picking territory. Spring to fall, mushroom enthusiasts gather several delicious species from forests, hillsides, fields and trails.
Head out for a hike to explore Anchorage’s massive playground. From downtown, anyone can navigate the many trails through beautiful greenbelts into the Chugach Mountains with ease and motivation.
Escaping urban existence is easy. A quick drive and a short hike will get you isolated and enveloped into the natural world. And it all goes down in Anchorage’s backyard.