Four years ago I was talking to a buddy and he told me that the access to the ANC coastal refuge from the Ocean View part of town was a really easy way to get into the upper end of the refuge where shotgun hunting is allowed.
Park in the Reef Place park area and walk down the hill and through the trees on a wide trail and in 10 minutes you are on the grass flats and hunting the little ponds above the high tide line. I was leary of his discription knowing that there are a lot of alders at the base of the hill. He assured me that it was "a walk in the park". He said that all I needed to wear was my Xtra-tufs.
If I ever see that guy again I am going to kick him in the sack. Twice.
The first 1/4 mile is floating alder bog and then another 1/4 mile of dead spruce tree grass bog, which was not too bad, and then you make it to the grass flats. Yes there is a nice wide trail at the bottom of the hill but being a floating alder bog one step is ankle deep and the next is up to your hip. With the amount of activity it has seen since the opener it is really torn up.
Like a fool I kept going but eventually left the trail for better footing in the alders. Luckily I learned how to hop through bogs out on Adak when I was in wrestling shape. Now that I am 27 years and 80 pounds past my wrestling days I am a little slower, but still nimble enough to make it through this kind of mess. What was really cool is that I am in decent enough shape after this summer of chasing the puppy up hills that this did not kill me.
Once back to hard ground I did notice that there is a narrow foot trail that goes along the toe of the slope below the tracks so that might lead to some "easier" access. I will never know.
Next time I will go past the range and try that area. No more alder bogs.
Oh, you want to know about birds. One snipe flushed while I was balanced on two alder stumps over a bottomless bog puddle so I didn't take a shot. While at the base of the hill with only 10 minutes till the end of shooting time one family group of birds flew over and headed towards the south. Maybe to Potter. As I drove back through town to home I noticed lots of small family groups flying around town just before dark. Got to hate the city birds.