Lighten Up

Step Out for an Adventure

Escape the everyday and take a walk on the wild side – or the mild side.

Picture yourself walking through an old-growth forest, looking up to see treetops swaying in the wind, or standing atop a vast glacier, seeing into the depths of ice-blue lakes. Imagine the view from a mountain ridgeline or feel spongy soft tundra beneath your feet. Alaska is all about the outdoors!

One of the easiest ways to immerse yourself in Alaska is to take a hike – anything from a stroll along paved urban trails to a backcountry backpacking adventure or something in between. Hiking in Alaska doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are trails for every skill level, any time of year.

On the milder side, take an hour or two to wander Alaska’s urban pathways. Take a stroll past galleries and shops along Ketchikan’s historic Creek Street boardwalk, walk under the midnight sun along the Chena Riverwalk in downtown Fairbanks, or watch the sun dip just below the horizon from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage.

For a wilder adventure, head to our state and national parks and public lands. Depending on the location, you’ll find everything from paved, ADA-accessible walkways and gravel pathways to unmarked wilderness. Peer over the boardwalk at Petroglyph Beach State Park in Wrangell, hike atop the Harding Ice Field in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, or ponder the power of geology at Granite Tors Trail in Chena State Recreation Area in Alaska’s Interior region. Hike on your own or sign up for a day hike with one of our experienced outfitters to learn more about Alaska’s ecosystems and wildlife.

If you want to get a little further off the beaten path, consider a multi-day backpacking trip into Alaska’s backcountry. You can leave the heavy gear at home and rent it here, or let a local outfitter guide you on a small, fully supported trip. Follow in the footsteps of miners searching for gold along the Chilkoot Trail in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park near Skagway or you’re your own, unmarked path in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve’s remote wilderness.

The trails are beautiful in winter, too. Head out on snowshoes, cross-country skis, or dog sled across brilliant white snow glinting like diamonds in the winter sun, hanging low on the horizon. On clear nights with fresh snow and a full moon, you’ll even be able to travel along trails illuminated only by moonlight. From late August through April, look for the aurora borealis – the northern lights – as you journey through a sparkling landscape.

Whatever your travel plans include – from cruising, package tours, to independent travel – take the opportunity to hit the trails and explore a little bit of Alaska on foot. No matter your ability, we have a trail for you.

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