Enjoy this 5.8-mile paved trail near downtown Anchorage. This is an easy route with views of downtown, Government Hill, and Cook Inlet. This trail is popular for road biking, running, and walking and has beautiful colors in the fall. In the winter the trail is great for cross-country skiing and kicksledding. During the salmon season, you'll find the banks of Ship Creek lined with locals and visitors trying their luck at catching the big one.
The Ship Creek Trail is part of Anchorage’s Moose Loop route, connecting the Campbell Creek Trail, the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to form a 32-mile loop tracing the profile of a moose over the Anchorage Bowl. Take the Moose Loop Trail Challenge.
Accessibility: There are at least 3 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of West 1st Avenue at the trail's west end. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles.
Dogs: Welcome, must be on a leash.
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.