Pet Friendly Hiking Trails in Alaska

Virgin Creek Falls Trail, Girdwood

A moss covered forest with tall pine trees, streams, water falls, rocks and fallen branches— Virgin Creek Falls Trail looks like something straight out of a fairy tale book. Other than all the natural beauty and tranquility of the place, the best thing about this hiking trail is that it provides a dog friendly hike. So, the whole family can join in on this adventure, including the four legged kind. The hiking trail is approximately 0.5. miles long. Some of the areas in this trail are a little muddy. So, it is best if you wear a good pair of hiking boots. However, sneakers should also work fine. While planning for a trip to the Virgin Creek Falls Trail, make sure that you keep plenty of time at hand as you would want to spend a lot of time there; admiring nature and clicking tons of photos.

Eklutna Lakeside Trail, Chugach State Park

Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a pet friendly hiking trail that has much to offer. With dreamy sights and serene vibes all around, it is a pretty magical place. Then there are all the wildlife species (of plants and animals) that make the picture complete. There is also a plethora of exciting outdoor adventure options that you would be able to indulge in at this trail. From biking and camping to skiing and horseback riding— there’s a lot to choose from. If your furbaby tends to get spooked by horses or other types of animals, then it is best to keep him/her on a leash while hiking at this trail. Eklutna Lakeside Trail is also kid friendly. So, you can take your kids or nieces and nephews with you while hiking here. What better way is there to spend some quality time with family and friends than to explore the wonders of nature together?

Hope Point Trail, Hope

Hope Point Trail is an 8 mile (approximately) hiking trail. If you love hiking with dogs, then this is a trail that you can choose as it allows dogs to accompany their pawrents. The best time to hike at this trail is from May to October. Depending on the time you choose for your trip, it can get a bit windy and chilly up there. So, it is best if you wear a windcheater and also put one on your pooch while hiking at this trail. You and your pupper would definitely enjoy watching all the breathtaking panoramic views with snowcapped mountains, cloud speckled skies and lots of greenery. You also get to see native wildflowers, black bears and goats along the way.

West Glacier Trail, Juneau

West Glacier Trail is a hiking trail that is about 3.5 miles long, and features a beautiful serene lake and waterfalls. You even get a great view of the Mendenhall Glacier from this trail. It is counted amongst the best dog friendly hikes in Alaska. This trail is often used by people who love nature, hiking and wildlife watching. The area is rich in regional flora and fauna and hence, you get to see many species of wildflowers, birds, animals and bugs. Don’t worry, they usually like to stay away from humans. You can appreciate their magnificence from a distance. There might be porcupines in the area. So, it is best to keep your dogs on a leash while exploring this trail.

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