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The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail follows the course of Chester Creek between Westchester Lagoon and Goose Lake Park in Anchorage. The trail is lit for night use and, although mostly flat, has some grade to it; moving east to west will be easier on the lungs and legs. Nearly the entire length of the trail passes through the city's various scenic parks. Watch for wildlife and be mindful of large animals that sometimes make their way here to browse for food. At Goose Lake, link up with the Goose Lake Park Trails.
The trail is named after Lanie Fleischer. Shortly after moving to Anchorage in 1971, she co-chaired a newly formed bike committee and galvanized grassroots support for making the city more bike friendly. Surprised by the lack of trails in Anchorage, Fleischer’s work with the group culminated in a master plan for trails that could be used for bike commuting, recreational riding, and safe routes to school. In 1973, the group was successful in getting a bond issue passed to finance the development of the Chester Creek Trail, the city’s first paved trail. Today, the trail system in Alaska’s largest city spans more than 100 miles.
You can access the trail from any of the parks through which it passes. Parking is available at Goose Lake Park, Anchor Park, Valley of the Moon Park, along Spenard Road and at Westchester Lagoon.
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