Hiking, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA
Alaska is vast, still mostly roadless and wild, and stunningly beautiful. Alaska is so big- equal in area to about one-fifth of all the lower 48 states- it is difficult to completely cover all of its available hiking in one book. This guide therefore concentrates on the Kenai Peninsula, which has the largest number, greatest concentration, and most diverse range of hiking environments in the state.
The Kenai, as it is known locally, is itself huge, containing an ice field larger than the state of Rhode Island. The Kenai offers coastal, forest, subalpine, tundra, and even glacial hiking opportunities. While many of these trails traverse remote and wild country, the trailheads for all 50 hikes covered in this book can be reached by either roads or water taxis. These Kenai hikes are also easily accessible from the cities of Anchorage and Kenai/Soldotna and the towns of Homer and Seward.
The hikes range from an easy 0.5-mile flat walk through boggy lowland meadows to more challenging multiday hikes through mountainous, alpine, and even glacial terrains. Included are several hikes that are appropriate for families with small children, and coastal beach hikes that will delight everyone.
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