Anchorage is considered a gateway to nearby mountains and vast wilderness. But when you don’t have time to head out of the city there are still many ways you can keep your bodies moving and your minds stimulated. Here’s a micro guide to staying active in Anchorage!
Staying Active in Anchorage
Enjoy The Ride
With sound systems and LED lighting, Anchorage Cycle will get your blood pumping. Clip in and get ready to ride hard to awesome music during these indoor cycle classes.
Get away from the choss and find your holds at the Alaska Rock Gym, then sign up for a lead clinic so you’re primed for a weekend of quality problems in Hatcher Pass.
Run For Beer
Hundreds of people run downtown every Tuesday for the free Skinny Raven Pub Run. Run a 5K will your friends then head to the pub to drink a celebratory beer and win prizes.
Tails and Trails
Your dog needs to stay active too! Show your furry friend some love and head to the University Lake Dog Park. This is a designated off-leash area, so be sure to follow good petiquette.
Find Your Balance
Grab your yoga mat and head to the Delaney Park Strip to practice your tree pose. The Alaska Club has held “Yoga in the Park” throughout recent summers and we hope they’ll continue this free outdoor practice in 2016.
Whether you run, walk, rollerblade, cycle or longboard, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile playground. Winding from downtown to Kincaid Park, you can look for moose, take in views of Denali and Sleeping Lady or watch the tide come in.
Westchester Lagoon is just one of the many bodies of water that Anchorage has to offer. While you can’t rent at the park, the folks at Alaska Raft and Kayak will rent you a SUP or kayak to explore the area.
Loops on Loops
Kincaid Park has over 1,400 acres to satisfy all of your outdoor cravings. Get your tires muddy on the single tracks, take a stroll down to the secret, sandy beach to catch a sunset or try not to lose your frolf disc in the many rolling hills. Bonus: Motocross tracks and sand dunes are some of the park’s hidden gems.
Just outside of urban Anchorage is one of the most frequently hiked trails in Alaska. Flattop Mountain is a moderate hike with awesome views. If you want to avoid people, the Glen Alps parking lot gives access to Powerline Pass, which connects to tons of great hiking trails that are less frequented.
Dust off your glove and join a local summer softball league for games at Javier De La Vega Fields through Anchorage Sports Association. Typical post-game traditions: finishing the drink you started during the game and ordering another round.
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