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Address: Mile 112 Seward Highway, Girdwood, AK 99587
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One of the coolest hikes ever

My husband lived in Anchorage for almost 2 years. This is a hike we took last summer. It is pretty intense but well worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

My husband lived in Anchorage for almost 2 years. This is a hike we took last summer. It is pretty intense but well worth it.

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

There are long trails for hikers and shorter trails for those who want an easy walk. The scenery is awesomely beautiful, the area serene and inspiring. We visited in early autumn and the colors added to the already beautiful hike.

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Thank FlorieGray
Anchor Point, Alaska
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We make this a regular stop on our way to and from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. There are short hikes to be enjoyed as well as longer treks for those who are in better shape that me. You can enjoy your picnic in the pavilion or on the trail and there are decent outhouses. Just remember, this IS bear... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

This creek has such great memories. As a kid my parents would take me here on our way from anchorage to soldotna, now I had the chance to stop and show my kids. Had a great time hiking around and enjoying the memories and making new ones with my kids.

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Thank Michelle S
Eagle River, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a multi-use area that includes trailer parking, campground, picnic tables, and trail heads for the adventurous who want to get a great view of the Turnagain and see some incredible old growth trees and lush vegetation. Easy, close parking next to the Seward highway along the Turnagain arm with a modest $5 day parking fee. There’s a lower... More 

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Highland, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A short drive from Anchorage, amazing views of the inlet on the way to McHugh Creek. This is a fee paid parking lot, right off the lot there is a nice waterfall. The trail is nice, but we did not go that far. There is a place for a picnic area. Some nice views.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Nice place for a good hike, good trail without a lot of climbing. Pretty open area surrounding the trail so you can see surroundings a good amount of the time. Great view of the inlet and mountains from the entry area, also some nice waterfalls.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

McHugh Creek is the first left on the Seward Highway after Potter Marsh and the residential area, about 6 miles south. There is a beautiful waterfall into a small pond, and trail access to several locals. Carry your pepper spray as there are bears, sheep, an occasional moose, and a gorgeous view of the inlet. If you have a picnic... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautiful waterfalls within short walking distance, and beautiful view of Beluga Point too. It is landscaped for easy access, and it is easy to pull off the main road to see it. There are great photos to be taken from here too.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you just want a short hike to the waterfalls which is actually just steps away from the parking lot or hike for the day this is the place to go. But be sure to bring bear spray as you are most definitely going to see a bear. What an awesome place just outside of Anchorage to hike around for... More 

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