Kincaid coast

Kincaid coast

Michelle and I went for a one-year anniversary stroll through Kincaid Park today.  Although it was not part of our conscious thought process in selecting this park for a walk, it was where we got married – in the chalet.  We had hoped that day for weather such as we have had the last couple of days, but were not so lucky.  It almost seemed as if Mother Nature was trying to make it up to us.

As usual, we did not set out for our walk with any particular goal in mind.  Rather, we allowed the trails to guide us in meandering ways through the cottonwood, spruce and birch coastal forest.  We found our way down to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along the bluff overlooking a portion of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.

I have always known that there would be some decent access to the coastal area below the bluffs along Kincaid Park, but have never taken the time to find a trail.  Well, Michelle and I explored a side trail off the Coastal Trail and found our way to a spectacular view along the coastal area, with a trail down to the waterline.  At the time we started, the tide was really low, so there was plenty of room to move around.  It was obvious, too, that there was plenty of room to walk along the coast even above the mean high water mark.

One of the reasons I have embarked on my “Wild Anchorage” project is that I have found that the wild places within the Anchorage bowl (the main part of the city between the Knik Arm, Turnagain Arm and Chugach Mountains) was under-photographed.  I think that the coastal refuge area, with the exception of the popular Potter Marsh, has partcularly been under-considered by photographers over the years.  For my first foray into this part of the refuge, I was pleasantly surprised.

2 Responses to “Kincaid coast”

  1. Lea Says:

    I am so glad you two found the beach below Kincaid. It’s one of my favorite hidden treasures in Anchorage!

  2. admin Says:

    If you can think of any other “hidden treasures” in Anchorage, let me know (via email).

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