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    Default Know of any good hiking trails for the family?

    I have two kids ages 4 and 5. I am looking for some good trails to go on that do not require a lot of gear or too advanced for them. Some good trails with great views and fun would be awesome. Looking for preferably the Matsu area. Thanks

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    Check out the Butte trail over by the reindeer farm in the Butte off the old Glen.
    It climbs up to the top of this rock, if it's too steep then you could always spend some time at the reindeer farm as a backup plan.
    Also lots of hiking and exploring to do over by the old Knik bridge on the old Glenn or at the Matanuska river on the Old Glen.
    The best trail might be the trail system near the dump off the Palmer-Wasilla, it's a great trail system with lots of loops depending on how energetic the kids are. There is also a sledding hill there in the winter.
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    If you don't mind the drive out to Eagle River, it's hard to beat the Eagle River Nature Center trails for family friendly hiking. In addition to the trails, they have classes and activities for the little ones most every week in addition to their Knee-high Naturalist program.

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    The Butte is one of the most popular climbs in the valley. You have two trails to choose from, one on the east (reindeer farm side) and the West (Bourough maintained). Both trails are off Bodenberg Loop, but the West trail parking lot is a little harder to find; Drive south on the old Glenn from Palmer and turn Right at the first Bodenburg Loop sign, just past Boot Hill Cemetary. About 1/2 mile up, turn left on Mothershead and the parking lot is about a block away on the right. Trailhead is another 100 yards up the road. The East side should be free of all ice and snow, but there may be mud. When you get to where you can see the last "rock face" climb, stay way to your left with little kids and follow the established trail. The west side, first 1/2 is wide and gentle until you get to the park benches...good place to rest, sight see, etc.. If you want to go to the top, climb the stairs and follow the big trail as it zig zags to a high plateau...there are ropes to assist if there is any mud or ice left..this is the stepest section, but kids are all over it. On the top plateau, follow the trail to the top. I climb the West face year round and love it. I always see families there too!
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    Right now the University of Alaska experimental farm on old trunk, by Mat-su Regional hospital, would be great. Park in front of the main building and walk back past the barns to the hay fields. There are trails around the hay fields and cows to look at and moose in a pen. If you bring dogs they must be leashed when you are near the buildings and animal pens. Later in the summer there is a lot of kid friendly hiking at Hatcher Pass, the Gold Chord lake trail and the Gold Mint trail are are both maintained by Alaska State Parks.

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