If you are anywhere near Alaska, you might probably have thought of what excitement you would be facing once you step its land. It’s like nowhere else, truly a unique spot for hikers. It simply has everything.
If you are a mountain hiker, there are good trails for you. If you love struggling through snow, well what you would expect, it’s Alaska!
Hailed as one of the best states for harboring great hiking spots, Alaska is sure to impress you with its land mass. It runs 2300 miles from east to west and 1400 miles from north to south. In between, you are sure to find a haven for you.
There are mountain trails for all sorts of hikers, from novices to veterans. And the state promises you some of the best sceneries America has starting from alpine passes up to more popular Alaskan tundra.
Alaska offers one of the most excellent showcases of wildlife. And despite of occasional rain showers, Alaska hiking would still astonish you with its mystically beautiful misty mountains.
Here are some of the most popular Alaska hiking spots for every level of hikers:
Anchorage Hiking and Chugach Mountains
Hikers who also love skiing and mountain biking will find Anchorage a great place to travel. It offers miles of mountain trail both multi-use trails and paved trails. Among the most popular sites in South-Central Alaska are the Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest.
If you prefer forest bushwhacking, the best recommendable area near Anchorage is the Kenai Peninsula where trails from snow-clad mountains towards meadows and sub-alpine lakes are excellent.
Typically accessed by boat and with the only road-accessible area through Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park offer great trails for hikers and the more adventurous souls of cross country skiers. There are noted major crevasses found on topographic maps that should be avoided. In case of troubles and many unforeseen incidences, the most easily accessible headquarter is found outside Seward, a four-hour drive from Anchorage. Seward also have popular destination for backpack hikers complete with untouched trails and outlets offering services for camping, hiking and fishing gears.
Denali National Park
If you are after wildlife sanctuaries, maybe Denali National Park is the right place for you. It is popular for cross-country travel, heli hiking, backcountry and flightseeing. Much like its first discoveries a few years back, Denali National Park offers unexplored terrains. There are also Denali Park Hiking Trips just outside the entrance of the park for sampling the backcountry
There are also quite a lot of bears in this part of the country and it is most advisable that you learn the hazards and safety techniques to keep you from being vulnerable to attacks.
Chena State Recreation Area
Choosing Fairbanks or areas anywhere near it would satisfy you with developed trails for extended backpacking and day hiking among geological oddities such as protruding granite towers. You are also offered with forest country for hikers, paddling areas for canoeists and solid granite treks for mountain climbers.
There are simply a lot that Alaska hiking has got to offer. The vast area has wide varieties of trails for any type of souls. Rangers are always at hand to help you with the travel and park headquarters are strategically placed to give optimum services to travelers.