A 4.6-mile trail near Bird Creek, just outside of Anchorage, along Turnagain Arm. This Chugach State Park trail is considered a challenging but popular trail for hiking and for those training for trail running. The start of the trail is steep through the trees and is riddled with false peaks but the views of Turnagain Arm are worth it. Depending on the amount of snowfall received in winter, this trail can be muddy in spring.
Dogs: Welcome and in some areas may be off-leash.
Parking: All Chugach State Park trails require a day-use parking pass or parking decal.
As with all trails in Alaska, hikers should be prepared, dress in layers, and bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a map of the area, bear spray, and a well-charged cell phone.