I am planning a day hike for a medium-sized group this weekend. Because there will be beginners and folks who are out of shape among us, I am looking for an easy to moderate difficulty trail in the Eagle River/Anchorage/Turnagain Arm area without extreme elevation gain/loss. I would prefer something no longer than five or six miles (round-trip) that leads someplace interesting, whether a landmark such as a lake or just a nice spot for lunch.
I could just flip through the 50 Hikes in Chugach State Park book until I find something, but I would prefer advice from you folks. Any suggestions?