USS Anchorage Family Hike on Friday!

Yes, we did get a little silly in the photo booth.

AK Fam just returned from the wonderful Dock at the Block event to celebrate the arrival of the USS Anchorage to our fair city. She sailed into port this morning, and it’s been non-stop work and play since then, as you can see by our photo gallery, above…

As promised, here are the details for a short, family-friendly hike scheduled for Friday morning. All USS Anchorage families are welcome; so bring grandparents, parents, kids, aunts, or uncles. I’ve broken down the specifics, below.

WHERE: Campbell Tract, a 760-acre wooded, level series of trails that will enable hikers to see glimpses of the Chugach mountains, local flora, and perhaps fauna in the form of birds, moose and/or bear. We will do a 1.5-2-mile loop with a midway break at the Campbell Creek Science Center. Find a description of the area HERE.

DIFFICULTY: Easy. This is a level trail, with accessibility for jog strollers (no regular strollers – trail is still snowy in spots) and most ability levels. There are some icy conditions in many areas, so be prepared for uneven ground. We will gain little, if any, elevation during this hike, so for those looking for a more challenging trip, this might not be the experience for you.

TIME: Meet at the Smokejumper Trailhead of the Campbell Tract (directions below) at 10:45 a.m. Hikers will depart the trailhead promptly at 11 a.m. after a short bear/moose safety talk and gear check. We will hike for 1.5-2 hours, depending upon the speed of the entire group.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Anchorage, take the Seward highway south, exiting on Dowling Road. Take the roundabout and head east on Dowling to Elmore Road (the end of Dowling). Take a right onto Elmore Road, heading south. Travel approximately 1/2 mile, through one stoplight, and take a left at the sign for “Bureau of Land Management – Campbell Tract”. Pull into the parking area on the left. Official address is 5600 Science Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507.

WHAT TO BRING: Warm clothing (remember those layers), sturdy boots comfortable for walking through mud and/or snow, hats, gloves, and water. A snack for kids is not a bad idea, either. Load it all up in a backpack for easier toting.

If you have questions, email us at, and we’ll do our best to help out. See you Friday!

Moose eat bark and twiggy things during the winter months. Remind me to point out this tree along the trail!



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