Eagle River Nature Center

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From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

1. From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

Marvel at the wonders found in one of the Chugach State Park's fondest, glaciated valleys. On this guided tour from Anchorage, hike the Eagle River trail system, where boreal forests and salmon spawning streams are found. Enjoy snacks, bottled water, and optional trekking gear. The first portion of the hike takes you to the network of forested trails found at the Eagle River Nature Center, nestled deep along the north fork of the Chugach State Park's massive Eagle River. The hike features a portion of the historic Iditarod dog sledding trail that’s no longer in use. That means there won't be any dogs giving you a ride on this adventure ─ just your two feet. Onward, reach through thick spruces and birches while keeping an eye out for wildlife. You may see the American dipper swimming in a tributary warmed by geothermal heat or a moose and small mammals like the snowshoe hare or red fox. For the second portion, take a short ride to the Chugach State Park's waterfall, Barbara Falls. This section is a short half-mile walk that features local plants, fungus, and point-and-shoot photo opportunities around every corner. It's super rewarding and a great way to conclude the tour.

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What people are saying about Eagle River Nature Center

Rebecca was a great guide, really friendly, knowledgable about the great nature we were walking in. We were only 3 people, left early, had nice weather. Great start to our Alska trip! Thanks Rebecca

Pros: Small group and nice guides, Jacob and Brit. Hole could have been longer since there was quite a bit of driving time to the park. Unfortunately no bears or moose seen.