by Wildcat Dianne
July 11, 2010
I visited Kincaid Park twice while I was visiting Larissa in Anchorage to look for moose. While the moose decided to hide from us while we were there, I was impressed by the scenic trail that we hiked during our fruitless searches for Morty or Morticia the Moose.
Our hike started in Kincaid Park's main parking lot. Larissa and I parked and then went into the welcome center located at the park's entrance. There you can get trail information and see the stuffed bear in a glass enclosure that is on display. Larissa said that the bear used to be out in the open, but I guess every tourist wanting a picture with Yogi wore the creature out, and the park rangers decided to put it under glass. But you can still see what a huge and magnificent creature the bear is under glass. Before we stepped out the first time to hike the trail, a woman waiting for her walking group she just joined wondered if we were part of the group, but Larissa and I told her we weren't and made our way to the trails.
The trail Larissa and I took had a slight hill on it and the trip was downhill for the first part of our trip. That's fine with me because I am not a big fan of uphill hiking or biking, and along the way, Larissa and I were able to see some beautiful views of Sleeping Lady Mountain and Flat Top along the way. If you are really brave, you can get off the trail and go down to the rocky beaches that surround Kincaid Park, but once again, I warn you not to risk walking on the mudflats that are there and stay on the rocks when hiking the beach. Larissa and I stuck to the path and were able to enjoy the views of Sleeping Lady and Flat Top without taking that risk.
Larissa and I chatted while keeping an eye out for the elusive moose. Larissa was surprised that no moose were around at the time of our visit which was after 7 when the moose are most likely searching for food. I was wondering if the folks playing frisbee golf were making too much noise and scaring the moose off, and I was silently cursing the players for being so noisy and preventing me from seeing my moose!
Kincaid Park is open from dawn to dusk and is free to enjoy for all visitors. There are picnic tables and athletic fields for all activities, but I would love to return there some day and maybe Morty or Morticia will grace us with their presence!
From journal The Moose Are Loose In Alaska!