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Turnagain Trails

Anchorage, AK, USA
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rwallace09 wrote a review Mar 2019
Venice, Florida5 contributions
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We signed up for a three or four hour tour with Ben. He was a great guide, host and source of information that is rarely provided during commercial tours. He went out of his way to make us feel like we were family guests, not just clients. The scenery was spectacular, especially the Portage Glacier/frozen lake area. Our tour exceeded the expected time and Ben made sure we had opportunities for great photo opportunities, a couple if which I've included.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Sean C wrote a review Jul 2017
Bellevue, Washington60 contributions34 helpful votes
A friend and I hiked this on a cloudy morning and it was a fairly easy well marked trail. The scenary is amazing with views of the water and surrounding mountains. It is easy to access this South of Anchorage on the Seward highway. There's good parking and restrooms. Along the trail we could see hoof prints and as we came around a corner there was a family of Mountain goats. A bit further along we spotted Dahl Sheep at the top of a nearby bluff. On our return we heard rustling in the brush around us and a family of field mice scurried up a nearby fallen log. A very good option if you are looking to get out of town and experience a bit of nature.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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JoAnne H wrote a review Jun 2016
Washington State399 contributions147 helpful votes
When I lived in Anchorage decades ago, this incredible experience of bicycling along Turnagain Arm, was not available. Now, one can bicycle from Indian to Girdwood and back on a paved, dedicated bicycle path, a round trip of 30 miles... or from Bird Point to Girdwood or Bird Point to Indian, cutting that distance in half. While there is one part of the trail which is a gentle slog up the hillside, it is mostly flattish and not too hard for a 69 year old grandmother (in fairly good shape). In fact, the day we did it, two women in their 80s were making the shorter trip. I have never tired of looking at that inter-tidal wonder of Turnagain Arm and the mountains on the other side with still-melting snowfields. A cautionary note: there is wildlife, and bears and moose can be found on or near the trail. In fact, two women in Anchorage, on another wonderful bike path, confronted a moose recently with some minor? injuries. In the late spring, these animals have young, so extra caution is advised.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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G C wrote a review May 2016
Anchorage, Alaska997 contributions290 helpful votes
Along the Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm (south beyond the city, where Alaska "really" begins), we are blessed to have some wonderful public trails that are enjoyed by residents & visitors alike -- and are easily/quickly accessed as well, for hiking, running, and/or bicycling... Beginning just past Potter Marsh (at the city's southern boundary), there is are hiking paths within the Chugach State Par above the highway, which offer marvelous views of the Arm and surrounding mountains. There are several access points (with plenty of parking spots) that enable users to choose a short or longer stroll... Continuing further south, near Bird Creek, there is another paved trail that follows the shoreline towards the hamlet of Girdwood (note the very nice campground that's been recently renovated here too). This connects to our favorite stretch, which begins at Beluga Point (nice facilities here, plus cool sculptures of the namesake white marine mammals) -- you can access the former road that's now a broad walk/bikeway, which it situated above the highway (= the best views around) and has some sheltered spots to rest as well. (We like to go here in late spring, when the snowmelt enhances the multiple cascading streams that course down the adjacent cliffs, and the landscape is a lush green.) You can bike all the way into Girdwood & get some tasty snacks, drinks, meals, etc. before returning back to Beluga Pt (nice half-day activity). Important caution re Turnagain Arm: DON'T WALK ON THE EXPOSED MUDFLATS!!! These are comprised of very fine glacial silt with many hidden watery areas that trap you and present a real danger of drowning, once the tide swiftly returns... This hazard is genuine (!) and don't be the one who foolishly ignore the warnings & requires a rescue (if you can be saved before the water rushes back in).
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Date of experience: May 2016
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JJTrouble wrote a review Apr 2016
Anchorage212 contributions86 helpful votes
If you find yourself in Anchorage in early spring, when just about everything is wet or muddy and the snow is no longer abundant enough for skiing, check out the Turnagain Arm Trails. From Potter to McHugh Creek to Rainbow, these trails stretch along Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage near the Seward Highway. Since they face south and travel along the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, they are among the first trails to melt and dry up. Often they are dry and hikable before the leaves start budding on the trees. You do need to watch for bears and moose as you would any time you are hiking in Alaska, but I've never had a problem. Nevertheless, we usually carry bear spray and travel in groups of two or more.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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