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    Default Backpacking w/ Family

    Looking for a good overnight hike that I could take my wife and 4 year old son on over the 4th of July weekend.

    I am fairly experienced, however this would be my wife and sons' first trip, so I don't want to burn them out. I want to show them a good time and hopefully get them excited about the joys of backpacking.

    Thanks!

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    Default Backpacking w/ Family

    Enjoying this thread As a dad of a 3 yr old who LOVES nature & is so excited about an upcoming 1st family car camping trip w/ her, I sometimes ponder whether shell one day experience backpacking w/ me. Ill tuck away the knowledge learned in this thread so that if she takes an interest in backpacking w/ dad one day, I can react accordingly to her questions, thoughts, & views.

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    a few places near me in eagle river:

    eagle river nature center. plenty of spots in there. 3 miles in at echo bend there is a campsite to camp. you can rent a yurt if available that weekend. i've stayed in them twice, very nice.

    up by blacktail rocks/roundtop/little peters creek/etc area. if you hike up, which your 4 yo can probably do just fine if you don't make them carry anything. just find a flat spot in a valley. no need to hike up to the features i just mentioned, i was using for a general valley description.

    off of glen alps trailhead; area gets some traffic, but off of that trailhead you can find areas easily within short hiking distance for your family.

    take a look at a chugach state parks map (paper one available at REI)

    good luck and have fun

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    Default south fork of eagle river

    I'll add the south fork of Eagle River to the list (accessed from Hiland Road). Just a couple of miles until you cross the bridge and are out of private property. From there you can pretty much pick a place to camp anywhere.

    If you want to go a little further, go a short distance up the trail and you'll see a small fork to the left that climbs up a small hill and into Hanging Valley. That would be a great place to spend the night.
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    that hanging valley trail is just off to the left after the bridge crossing and going up a small hill. it forks to the left. it is a little climb up, and there are some great camping spots overlooking the creek there. with a 4 yo, not sure you would make it all the way back to the cirque. but plenty of spots at the beginning with beautiful views of the south fork.

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    I'll second HRE814's suggestion for hanging a left after the bridge (rather than taking the trail to Symphony Lakes) and add Gull Rock (out of Hope) and the Peter's Creek Trail which goes back to a nice clearing in a bowl between several mountains.
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