Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Second Avenue at Christiansen Drive, Anchorage, AK, USA
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Anchorage Reviews
A Scenic Trail Around Anchorage Oct 30, 2011
Alaska is a state known for its outdoor beauty.
If you are visiting Anchorage, an 11 mile trail winds around the City, beginning downtown and ending in Kincaid Park. Named after a former Alaska governor, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail offers visitors spectacular views of Cook Inlet and Alaskan scenery on a completely paved and easy-to-walk trail.
Visitors may see anything from fox, moose and beluga whales in the Inlet to bald eagles and all sorts of water birds. I often travel solo (and am uncomfortable hiking trails in the wild by myself) but there are enough people along this trail that you always feel someone is close by. During the summer, the trail may be busy with hikers, joggers, bikers, photographers and skaters, while in the winter, cross county skiers are out in force.
The trail follows various terrain but some of the prettiest views are across Cook Inlet. If the weather is clear, visitors might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Denali.
Bike rental shops are also available near 5th Avenue and M Street downtown (in the summer) for those who prefer to cycle the trail.
A few words of caution are to stay clear of the mud flats around Cook Inlet and warning signs are posted everywhere. The mud acts like quicksand and with the severe tidal changes, tourists have been trapped before. In addition, there are signs along the trail warning about coming too close to a moose (and moose can be aggressive). One of my co-workers was out jogging the trail and almost ran into a moose!
If you are staying in Anchorage, this walk is easily accessible near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Christensen Drive, or through an entrance at Elderberry Park below M Street.
The Coastal Trail is a beautiful walk around Anchorage on a well-marked route and I always try to hike at least part of this trail if I am visiting Alaska. Be sure to exercise caution, however, as Alaska is "the last frontier" and there could be wildlife or extreme terrain along the trail.
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