Trails may not be the first thing you think of with Wasilla, but within 10 miles of town, you’ll find some amazing hiking opportunities for people of all abilities.
One of the newest outdoor recreation areas is Settlers Bay Coastal Park, located about 10 miles from Wasilla in Settlers Bay. The 295-acre Settlers Bay Coastal Park features something for nearly every outdoor recreationalist – hiking trails, mountain biking, views of the Chugach Mountains and the Talkeetna Mountains, birding and much more. It’s a collaborative effort between many organizations, including Great Land Trust, the Mat-Su Borough, Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation and Settlers Bay Golf Course.
The park officially opened in 2019, and ever since, more trails are being developed. The trails are suitable for all ages and abilities, and open up to amazing views of Cook Inlet, two mountain ranges and Knik Glacier. The area is a major migration area for birds, and the nearby streams are home to spawning salmon every summer.
To access the park, take Knik-Goose Bay Road to Settlers Bay Road and turn left. Immediately at the bottom of the hill, take a left on S. Settlers Bay Drive and follow it until it turns to a dirt road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Don’t forget your golf clubs either – Settlers Bay Golf Course is located within minutes of the Coastal Park. Want to grab a bite to eat? Try the Albatross Grill at the course, or stop at Settlers Bay Lodge for upscale dining with a fantastic view of the Chugach Mountains.
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