|Boardwalks in the pond are|
Note: The trail can be icy during the winter (as it is now), so you may want to consider wearing a footwear traction device. Both ice cleats below work for me and are available on Amazon for a good price.
PECO 24117-PE Kahtoola Microspikes Large Fits Sizes 11 to 14 Shoes/9 to 11 Boots Fits Sizes 12+ Shoes/10 to 12 Boots
Kahtoola MICROspikes (above) are a bit pricy but worth it because (1) they stay on your boots better than other (cheaper) cleats and (2) they work well in most icy conditions.
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device, Black, Medium
I have tried quite a few different ice cleats, and for extremely icy conditions, these are the best cleats I have found. They are more aggressive than the MICROspikes, but are still comfortable for walking/hiking.
The trailhead can be accessed from the south side of the Briggs Bridge off the Eagle River Loop Road where there is pubic parking and a boat launch. More details about the hike itself, as well as specific directions, parking and trailhead access can be found in these books available at Amazon at the links below.
50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park.
Best Hikes Near Anchorage (Best Hikes Near Series)
From the Briggs Bridge access, the lower Eagle River trail goes east for through birch and spruce forest over relatively flat terrain. The old section of trail skirting the private land has been improved over the years and is now clearly marked. (See photo on left.) Boardwalks have been added to a marshy section next to the Swan Pond. Remains of charred trees and scorched ground remind us of the wildfire that burned about 25 acres in this area over the Memorial day weekend in 2016. More info on the May 2016 wildfire at this link - Hiland Road Wildfire.
|May 2016 Burn Area|
The trail is open to biking as well as hiking so it's not unusual to see fat tire bikes on the trail. It is also common to see rafts and kayaks floating by on the Eagle River at this location.
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