We parked by Westchester Lagoon off of Spenard Road, which is about a mile from the start of the Coastal Trail along the Chester Creek bike path. The bridge that heads to the right towards downtown fell down (yep, the bottom just fell out from the looks of it) so it is blocked off and an alternate route provided to that part of the trails via city streets. So we maneuvered to the left towards Kinkaid Park.
Ah, but the Coastal Trail is beautiful!The trail is mostly flat with some gentle rolling hills, though by the Ted Stevens Airport there is a steep section, and the last half mile up to the Kinkaid Park Chalet is a long uphill. There are large sections of birch trees, part of the trail was lined with blooming, scented roses, and peeks of Cook Inlet were numerous. The trail was also very busy with runners, walkers and bikers so we had to be vigilant around the curves and on the downhills.
If there is one thing I noticed about the Coastal Trail is the complete lack of restrooms at all of the access and parking areas. There are 2 portapotties at the Westchester Lagoon, and then the Kinkaid Chalet bathrooms 9 miles up the coast with nothing in between.
The area by the airport is a hot spot of activity. Folks were taking pictures (it is also a high, open point on the trail), sitting on the grass watching planes come in right over their heads, land, and take off. One plane would take off and the next moment another would land. The two planes that landed as we biked by were the University of Alaska Anchorage private jet and then a large cargo plane. There is a parking lot right there as well for path access.
|A sign at the trailhead of the Coastal Trail|
|A ship was coming in as we were biking the trail|
|There are plenty of benches, picnic tables and paved pull-off areas along the Coastal Trail|
|The chalet at Kinkaid Park is open 12-8:30 M-Sat (12-5 on Sun) with indoor restrooms|
|The Coastal Trail appears to be a popular spot to watch air traffic at the Ted Stevens Airport. Landing planes come right over the trail|
|Enjoying the view from the Coastal Trail|