Taiga Trekkers took off today on another fabulous section off the paved trail network that weaves its way all around Anchorage's greenbelt system. This town's trail system/bike path is phenomenal and an environmentalist's dream. It allows those who take advantage of it so many opportunities. My husband has rarely used his truck in weeks, preferring to ride his bike or run to work on it. You never have to deal with the inherent danger of crossing a road once (a huge relief for parents). Their are either bridges or tunnels that steer you clear of busy intersections and thoroughfares.
We had all sorts of hikers today and ages from 10 months to 35 years of age, 9 kiddos and 7 parents. This particular section of the trail begins at Taku lake, tucked away at the corner of 76th and King Streets. You'd never guess that it sits there in an area where retail stores meet industrial parks and a residential neighborhood. The lake appears stocked with fish, but swimming is not allowed (signs say so). We walked along the north side of the lake heading west, where the Campbell Creek Trail meandered, you guessed it, along Campbell Creek. Many of the "older" kids on today's trek did a substantial amount of their trail on their own two feet. On the way back we encountered two young moose, but they seemed totally uninterested in us. There where a little more then 4 miles covered. Toward the the kids played at a sweet little playground and we picnicked.
Every other week is a stroller friendly trail. Join us next week as we head UP the Twin Peaks Trail in Eklutna. Please RSVP by clicking the Anchorage Outdoor Family Network's link