Berry Picking Near Anchorage for Fall 2015
Here are the places featured on a past Cooperative Extension handout I picked up years ago. I hope these places are still good locations for picking berries. I have not verified the actual availability of berries, parking, or access. Many of these places may have improved for visitors and some may not even be accessible. Hatchers Pass is always good because you can drive through to the Willow side and surely find some berries on that stretch. The Girdwood Crow Creek Road is a small road and private land holders may not want their berries picked. If I had to choose, I would either visit Hatchers Pass or Chugach State Park to avoid issues with private property if that concerns you.
The Cooperative Extension has updated their All About Berries page. Check it out.
Here's the list of laces with links to Google Maps on how to get there.
Berry Picking In Anchorage
Kincaid ParkGoogle Map for Driving to Kincaid Park
Anchorage Municipality Kincaid Park Webpage
Chugach State Park via Prospect Heights DriveAlaska Dept. of Natural Resources State Parks Chugach webpage
Google Map for Driving to Wolverine Trailhead
Flattop and Powerline Pass TrailsAlaska DNR Flattop Trail Guide
Google Map for Driving to the Trailhead
Berry Picking North of Anchorage
Rendezvous Peak Trail via Arctic ValleyAnchorage Trails Guide from Anchorage.net
Google Map for Driving to the Rendezvous Peak Trailhead
Eklutna LakeGoogle Map for Driving to Eklutna Lake
South Fork Eagle River Trail via Hiland RoadSouth Fork Trail page from AKTrailhead.com
Google Map for Driving to the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead
Eagle River Valley Trail via the Eagle River Nature CenterThe Eagle River Nature Center website
Google Map for Driving to the Eagle River Nature Center
Peters Creek TrailFollow the Google Map for this, as the PDF written driving directions are wrong. When it says take Kellberg to Malcolm, it's actually left on Kullberg, then right on Sullins Drive, and then right on Malcom Drive.
Google Map for Driving to Peter's Creek Trail
Meadow CreekI looked at this one on Google Maps and it didn't make sense - perhaps new developments replaced this trail access?
Lazy MountainGoogle Map for Driving to Lazy Mountain
Hatcher Pass RoadGoogle Map for Driving to the Palmer side of Hatcher Pass Road
Berry Picking South of Anchorage
Rabbit CreekAlaska DNR Rabbit & McHugh Lakes Trail PDF
Google Map for Driving to Canyon Road
Old Johnson TrailAlaska DNR Rainbow Trail page
Google Map for Driving to the Rainbow Trailhead
Indian Valley TrailAlaska DNR Indian Valley Trail Guide
Google Map for Driving to Boretide Road
Crow Creek RoadGoogle Map for Driving to Crow Creek Road
Crow Pass Historic TrailCrow Pass Trail Guide
Google Map for Driving to Crow Pass Trailhead
Turnagain PassGoogle Map for Driving to Turnagain Pass Rest Area
What You'll Find When You Get ThereAccording to this handout, there are a bunch of different berries you can find to pick near Anchorage. If you can't get down South or up North to get salmonberries, you can still get blueberries, raspberries, highbush cranberries, watermelon berries, currants, black currants, crowberries, cranberries, and rose hips. There is word that you may be able to find a few salmonberries and cloudberries (Northern salmonberries), but I have only seen one lone cloudberry on my last excursion years ago. Maybe they have spread? If you find salmonberries of either the Southern or Northern type, drop me a message on where you found them.....yeah right! I've heard that berry pickers guard their turf and become a bit terrtorial in the pursuit of berries. So if you'd rather keep your secret salmonberry location undisclosed, I understand. Here's the Cooperative Extenson's handout on berry picking to print out for your own excursions! Good Luck!
Now What Are You Doing With Your Berries?Here's a few links to berry cooking ideas!
- Cooperative Extension's Berry Page
- Alaska wild berries: Tips on how to find and prepare them
- A Berry Picking Mission
- Alaska Berry Recipes
Photo credits: Blueberries - Flickr CC License USDAGov, Crowberries - Flickr CC License -USFWSAlaska
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