These “hidden” trails either are physically hard to find or not many people know they exist. Newbie hikers can take a stab at some of the strolls up to a mile long, while more experienced folks will love the long-distance treks. We’re talking breathtaking views of the sunrise, chilling with local wildlife (please don’t feed the animals!), and the chance to learn more about the natural environment. So lace up those hiking boots, buy a map, and, most importantly, pack a sense of adventure.
1. Hidden Creek Trail
Location: Soldotna, AK
Length: 1.5 miles
Skill level: easy
OK, so the first part of this trail isn’t so spectacular. But once you get to the loop, you’ll find Hidden Creek (literally hidden in a grassy marsh), glistening Skillak Lake, and a breathtaking view of the Kenai Mountains—no manmade stuff in sight. It’s a relatively easy, family-friendly hike, and there are a bunch of fishing spots around the creek. Looking for more adventure? Start on one of the longer trails off Skillak Lake Road.