Palmer Hay Flats

Last weekend we spent a day hiking in the Palmer Hay Flats. We started by hiking this new trail. I was excited to try it out as I’ve heard lots of great things.

The length and terrain are almost perfect for small kids. The trail is all boardwalk that starts out wood and then switches over to grates about halfway through. The boardwalk is pretty narrow so it can be tricky for unsteady toddlers. Lillian had no problem but Hazel struggled a little and kept tripping once we got to the grated part. We just put her in the carrier for that portion. At the end of the short trail is a nice platform (can’t wait to take the girls here for weekday picnics). We jumped off and explored the area for quite a while. The girls loved it.

After we finished, we weren’t ready to head home. We decided to drive a couple of miles down the road to another trail. We hiked this short trail around Reflections Lake. Lillian loved climbing up the viewing platform and then pointing out different birds to us. And of course the lake is always a mess hit.

It felt so good to get outside and explore. It did start raining while we were at Reflections but it didn’t bother us one bit. We’re used to that up here. Also, we spotted a few moose so that was an added bonus.


**I just want to mention for anyone coming up for the wedding, either of these hikes would be great to do while you’re here. They don’t offer a huge WOW factor (zero incline, you’re not scaling mountains) but they’re short, beautiful, easy, and super close to the wedding location. If you’re in the Palmer/Wasilla area and just looking to get outside for a couple of hours, I would highly recommend them, especially if you have small children or aren’t an avid hiker. Click on the links ↑ for directions and more info. 


  1. Paulette Mattheis says:

    It is wonderful seeing all the things you two do with your girls. They are growing up so fast and will have such wonderful memories. We are getting excited to be in Alaska in July, just hoping we have great weather then.

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