Mountains to Sea Trails | Outdoor Explorer

(Image courtesy of the Anchorage Park Foundation)

Alaska’s mountains and oceans provide some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. Anchorage trails have connected the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet for decades, with a few gaps. Just recently newly created trails make it possible to bike, hike, run or ski from Glen Alps to Knik Arm of Cook Inlet without crossing a single road.

The Anchorage Park Foundation designated a route called “Mountains to Sea Trails” with a video, signage and other information to help people navigate from Glen Alps trail head in Chugach State Park to Westchester Lagoon and the Anchorage Small Boat Launch, around 24 miles. To help explain the route and its history Host Paul Twardock is joined by Anchorage Park Foundation’s Diana Rhodes, cyclist Christina Grande and filmmaker William Melton.

HOST: Paul Twardock

Diana Rhodes, Anchorage Park Foundation
Christina Grande, cyclist
William Melton, filmmaker

Anchorage Park Foundation Mountains to Sea Trails
Single Track Advocates
Alaska State Parks trail maps
Alaska Trails
Anchorage Indigenous Place Names

Paul Twardock is a Professor of Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, where he has worked since 1988. He is the author of Kayaking and Camping in Prince William Sound and help found the Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium/Paddle Sport Fun Day. At APU he teaches a variety of undergraduate classes included Sea Kayaking, Recreation Program Design, Nordic Skiing, The Business of Recreation, and Wildland Ecosystems and Human Impacts.  Paul received his BS in Outdoor Recreation from Western Illinois University, went to work instructing for NOLS in Alaska, then received his MBA from APU.  Paul’s  research includes monitoring of campsites in Prince William Sound and Chugach State Park for human impact, trail use in Chugach State Park, and the Alaska Recreational Boating Safety Incident Database. His passions include sea kayaking, river boating of all sorts, hiking, mountain running, climbing, skiing of any kind, and birding.  One of his last adventures involved a mule ride.

Paul is one of several hosts for Outdoor Explorer

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