Welcome to Hiking Alaska! I have many loves in life, but hiking and writing are two of the biggest. I got my start writing weekly hiking columns for the Anchorage Press in 2005. Once I’d published a few hundred columns, I had the bright idea to compile them into a guidebook — after all, I’d already done all the hard work. Right?
Wrong! I’d only just gotten started… especially once I realized I’d accidentally GPSed about a couple dozen hikes one on top of the other, creating an impossible tangle of tracks for the poor cartographer to unravel. (It really was impossible. I ended up spending more than a week crawling around atop USGS quads spread across the floor of my studio apartment, hand-drawing in every. Single. Trail.) In spite of my GPS ineptitude, 50 Hikes Around Anchorage did eventually make its way into the world.
I’m now working on another guidebook; this one will cover day hikes as far north as Hatcher Pass and as far south as Kachemak Bay. Somewhere along the line I started posting photos and short descriptions of the hikes I’m doing on Facebook, and a funny thing happened: People liked them! This site was as much inspired by those social media interactions — thank you! — as by the mountains themselves.
Please connect with me on the social media links to the right or via this handy-dandy spam-proof contact form, and let me know what you think of the site, your favorite trail, or the latest salmon run. And say hello if you see me out on the trail!
Now the answers to a few frequently asked questions:
Where Do You Live?
I’ve lived in Anchorage, the state’s biggest city, for going on 27 years. Sometimes derisively referred to as being “30 minutes from the real Alaska,” Anchorage is in fact a lovely community with an incredible amount of green space, countless miles of trails within the city limits, and easy access to some of the best trailheads.
What’s Your Favorite Trail?
I have yet to meet a hiking trail I don’t love, especially here in Alaska. Please don’t make me choose! But if I could only show one Alaska trail to someone visiting from out of town, it would be Portage Pass.
Has Anything Bad Ever Happened to You Outdoors?
Yes. I’ve gotten lost, been charged by moose, surprised bears while wandering alone (one of the biggest “no-nos” possible), been caught out after dark… you get the idea. Most people who spend a lot of time outside have made at least a few mistakes of some sort, and bad things do occasionally happen even when you’ve done everything right. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared, informed, and aware. Ninety-nine percent of the time you won’t need that emergency gear or those survival skills — but the one percent of the time that you do, you’ll be darn glad you had them along.
Do You Ever Post Anything From Guest Bloggers?
Not right now, but that’s something I hope to consider soon.
Will You Do Media Interviews?
I love speaking about hiking, backpacking, and all things Alaska. Contact me or reach out via the social media links on the right of your screen.