Chester Creek Trail
For an easy, scenic walk in Anchorage, check out the Chester Creek Trail. The 4-mile-long path, which runs from Westchester Lagoon to Goose Lake, is not only flat, but also paved, making for an easy stroll. And though it passes close to neighborhoods, the trail is part of the city’s “greenbelt”—a wooded area that makes you feel like you’ve left the city behind.
You’ll find everyone from cyclists to joggers on Chester Creek, and if you keep a sharp eye out, you may see moose or songbirds. The trail passes through a few parks, like Tikishla and Woodside, which have playgrounds, ball fields, and picnic areas (as well as portable toilets). Because of the trees, the trail doesn’t offer dramatic views, but Chester Creek intersects with the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which has plenty of photo ops.
Chester Creek is maintained in winter, so it’s perfect for cross-country skiing. And if you’re out at that time, look for minks and snowshoe hares—they’re a rare spotting, but you may just get lucky.