Elderberry Park: This quaint downtown park is named after the delicious fruiting shrub. Enjoy romantic views of Cook Inlet from the swing set and tour Anchorage's oldest standing home, the Oscar Anderson House. Hannahcove Garden: Stop and reflect at this memorial rock garden to Alaskan children lost before their time. Enjoy the wildflowers and trees, including a flex pine from interior Alaska and a sculpted larch. Rest on boulders brought in from the Chugiak Range (to the east) while viewing the immense mountains of the Alaska Range (to the north).
Wooden Bridge: Over Marsh Look for tall, furry cattail plants, and listen for the mating call of the northern wood frog which sounds like the quacking of a duck.
Westchester Lagoon: Burn some calories on the public outdoor workout station. Spot waterfowl, such as Red—necked Grebes with their large floating nests and Canada geese, which feed on the open lawns.
Fish Creek Bridge: This short wooden bridge crosses a popular salmon fishing creek. Downriver you'll see deep channels that the creek has carved into the mud flats. In late summer, salmon migrate up to the estuary to spawn.
Beach: Jump off the trail and comb the beaches of Anchorage. At low tide you can touch the dense glacial silt of the mudflats (but do not walk on them). Unlike sandy beaches of the south, pebbles and gravel left by glaciers coat the shoreline.
Lynn Ary Park: Enjoy the baseball fields, tennis courts, and playground. This is also a perfect spot to view Mt. Susitna, or Sleeping Lady, named after a native Alaskan legend, which says the mountain lady will awaken when her lover returns from battle with news of peace.
Benches: With Downtown View Catch your breath and soak in the city views as you prepare to enter the more forested section of the trail.
Earthquake Park Exhibits: Describing how the 1964 earthquake shelved off a huge swath of land here. Take a short side trek on the spur trail to distinguish between thick white spruce on one side of the trail and scraggly black spruce on the other.
Old—Growth: Grove Undisturbed by the earthquake or development, the old—growth trees in this location are more knotted than in other parts of the trail where the vegetation is more recent. Notice the heavily armored cottonwood trees and birches with enormous burls.
Volcano Vantage: Breaks in the trees along the trail reveal views of some of Alaska's living volcanoes, including Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Spurr. The latter blanketed Anchorage in ash during an eruption in 1992.
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