Anchorage, Alaska audio tour: Ancient Mud and Ice: A Happiness Walk

Ancient Mud and Ice: A Happiness Walk

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

Immerse your senses in a rich experience of Anchorage’s stunning Coastal Trail. Find inspiration and connection with this amazing place. Learn about the tidal flats and the ancient rivers of ice that created them. The route will lead you from Elderberry Park in downtown to Westchester Lagoon – approximately one mile from beginning to end. To return to the starting point, you can retrace your path the same distance back.

Tour Producer


Ciara Johnson

I didn’t realize it until I looked back, that I’ve made a life out of creating and guiding experiences for people. Education, travel--but there is nothing like a rich, immersive experience in nature. On my journeys, I have camped and hiked for weeks in wild places, and found that I can find moments even in a big city, that fill me with the wonder and spectacular presence of the natural world. I am excited to share a guided audio experience with you.

Major Landmarks

Directions to Starting Point

This route begins in downtown Anchorage in Elderberry Park. Take 5th Avenue west to the Coast. Metered street parking available in the area. Find a place to pause on one of the sidewalks in the park and begin the audio.

For those traveling by wheelchair or other means, the Coastal Trail is ADA accessible at its starting point, not far away on 2nd Avenue. There is metered parking in the area. The audio guide can be started when you reach Elderberry Park on the trail.

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Places to stop along the way

This is a green belt trail. There are views and benches along the way. Not far from the route’s starting point at Elderberry Park, there are places for coffee or food.

Best time of day

Anytime during daylight. There’s lots of that in the summer, but even winter’s shortest days offer stunning views on the Coastal Trail.


-This is a multi-use path.
-It’s generally best to keep to the right. This makes it easier for people on bicycles and others to go around you.
-It’s also recommended to leave one ear open and keep aware of your surroundings as you explore.
-It’s possible to encounter wildlife on this trail.
-No restrooms on the trail.


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Ancient Mud and Ice: A Happiness Walk