Dock Point Trail
The Dock Point Trail, although rather short, numbers among one of the prettiest for its size. Close up views of a grass and wildflower meadow from the boardwalks, along with spruce trees and ground dogwood, offer good photographic opportunities. The West and East overlooks offer good overviews across Valdez Bay. An eagle’s nest located on one of the islands can be seen from the north side of the trail. A variety of plant life makes this trail a nature lover’s delight.
How To Get There
This trail begins at the end of a large parking and picnic area located off Kennicott Ave across the road from the Small Boat Harbor’s boat launch ramp. After going past the gate, turn right at the hillside trail sign and hike up a short, steep hill. The trail will then drop down to a small meadow from which two boardwalks lead to the East and West Overlook viewing platforms. The trail then gradually descends, curving around until it connects to a lower road where it remains flat all the way back to the gate. As the trail is circular, one may elect to turn left at the hillside trail sign and hike the loop clockwise to avoid the first steep climb.