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Lower Eagle River or River Woods Trail (All Season Hike)

The Lower Eagle River trail (also called the River Woods Trail) runs along the Eagle River in Chugach State Park. Often overlooked, it's just minutes from downtown Eagle River. Why I Like This Hike:  This is truly an all-season trail that can be hiked all times of the year including winter.  It's an easy walk that offers convenient access with intermittent views of surrounding mountains and opportunity for wildlife viewing. Due to the flat terrain and accessibility, it's a pleasant hike in any season and suitable for all skill levels including kids and elderly.  How to Get There: 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. Google Maps - Briggs Bridge Access The Nitty-Gritty:  From the Briggs Bridge access, the lower Eagle River trail goes east through birch and spruce forest over relatively flat terrain.  Sections of this trail can be very muddy during spring or early su

Bear Busters!

It's that time of year again... The bears are out and about with frequent sightings in the backcountry as well as our own neighborhoods here in the Anchorage area. When walking or hiking with llamas I'm often asked "Do llamas attract bears?" Bears have been known to attack llamas but our experience has been that llamas don't attract bears anymore than other pack stock or pets. In fact the llama's "alarm call" may act as a good deterrent for bears. Llamas are instinctively alert and aware of their surroundings, and usually draw attention to an intruder by making a startling "alarm call" when it senses danger. A llama is usually aware of a bear long before we can see or hear it and will let off their "alarm call" when the unwanted intruder is around. Click on the hyperlink to hear our Raul llama making an alarm call - Llama Alarm Call However, I would not recommend leaving llamas tied out unattended while camping. In

Attention Travelers: Rental Car Shortage in Alaska

Just a heads up for those planning travel to Anchorage, Alaska this summer, expecting guests or clients,  be sure to check rental car availability before booking a flight.   An unexpected result of the pandemic is a serious shortage of rental cars in some cities including Anchorage. Also check hotel reservations too because staffing shortages are causing problems at hotels and restaurants. To find out more, go here: Hotels and restaurants that survived pandemic face new challenge: staffing shortages Anchorage Daily News: National Shortage of Car Rentals Affecting Alaska  

Hike More (Stress Less) with a Hiking Buddy...

We all know hiking is good for both mind and body as this article points out - Five Ways Hiking Is Good for You .  Now that Covid is winding down and summer is here, it's time to "don" your hiking boots and find a hiking buddy to hit the trails with. To get you started, here's a list of Alaska hiking groups compiled from various Facebook posts and websites. The groups range from easy family-friendly to more challenging for experienced hikers. Some welcome anyone; others are women only and are geared for various ability levels. I included website and/or Facebook links if available. If you know of others, just send me a message (or post a comment) and I will include. Anchorage Trail Walkers - Website says - We get out 2-3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays DURING THE DAY, usually at 10am. Women Who Hike Alaska - Hike Like A Woman Alaska: Typic