This trail through an urban forest offers a close view of a muskeg, a swampy wetland critical to the health of rainforest rivers and fisheries. It’s flat and easy, with long sections of boardwalk, plus park benches.
While in downtown Haines, duck into this new, flat, groomed trail and boardwalk starting on a timber bridge on the southwest corner of Third Avenue and Old Haines Highway. Built by a local Native tribe, this trail crosses bogs and streams to provide a close look at an intact, forest wetland typical of Southeast’s topography. This two-mile loop great for jogging or strolling includes long sections of elevated boardwalk and encircles a tribal subdivision. Watch for blue herons, moose and juvenile salmon that seek refuge in Alaska’s swampy muskegs. Benches make this shady refuge a perfect picnic spot on a hot summer day.