Wasilla is situated in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. This small community was created in 1917 when the Alaska Railroad built a rail line that crossed the main supply route for the northern gold mines. Now, Wasilla is a commuter suburb of Anchorage, and a furrific place to raise a four legged family member. There are even three local veterinary clinics ready to assist any dog that’s feeling under the weather.
Treat your pooch to an afternoon in one of Wasilla’s pawsome parks. Carter Park is on the east side of Lake Lucile, and is the perfect spot for a stroll. Your pup will enjoy the beautiful view of the water while getting some much needed exercise. For a change of scenery, head over to Newcomb Park. This park sits on the shore of Wasilla Lake and provides ample opportunity for walking and just hanging out. Bring a sandwich, and some biscuits for your pal, and stay for lunch.
If Wasilla is just a stop on your itinerary, make a reservation at Best Western Lake Lucille Inn or Grand View Inn and Suites. For a small fee, both of these hotels welcome dogs.
With such great hospitality, it’s no wonder dogs give Wasilla two enthusiastic paws up!
The Bumpus Recreation Area is a great place to spend some quality time with your favorite furry friend. With baseball, softball, and soccer fields, this park is a sports lover’s dream. When the fields are not in use by local teams, the public is welcome to use them. If your pooch loves to feel the grass beneath his paws, he’ll feel right at home as he wanders around the open fields. For a more structured walk, follow the path that circles the fields. It even passes through the surrounding woods, so your dog will get a little taste of nature.
If your dog is bursting with energy, it’s time for a visit to the Lake Lucile Dog Park. This fenced area is located at the entrance of Lake Lucile Park. Your pal can ditch her leash and run herself ragged. She’ll meet new friends and have a chance to practice her socialization manners. During the summer months, fresh water is available for the furry park visitors. If you come in winter, bring some water for your puppy dog. When she’s finished playing, clip on her leash and walk around the park for a cool down. Thick forests of birch, spruce, and cottonwood add to the Lake’s natural beauty.
This area is home to some furrific hikes. Since it is located in the neighboring town of Palmer, it’s just a quick 15 minute drive from Wasilla. Load up your pooch and make your way over to the Mat-Su College Trailhead. This hilly two mile loop will give your canine companion a great leg workout. Be sure to stop and take in the views of Lazy Mountain, Knik Glacier, and Twin Peaks. Snodgrass Hall Trailhead is the companion to Mat-Su College Trail. This flat trail has an overlook perfect for viewing the surrounding peaks. Another option is the four mile Matanuska Lake Trail. It’s also flat and passes through gorgeous landscape. Sounds pawmazing!
Looking for some place new to walk your pooch? The Palmer City Center neighborhood in Palmer has a couple pawsome hikes just calling your dog’s name. Conveniently located 20 minutes from Wasilla, the Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail is a great spot for a little doggy cardio. It clocks in at 6 miles and can be rough going in a few patches, so make sure your dog is up for a little rock hopping. The Matsu River Bridge Trails takes you along the Matanuska-Susitna River. Venture off into the gravel beds and enjoy the scenery from the river’s point of view. No bones about it, these trails will make your pup’s tail wag!
Is your dog ready for an adventure? Grab some snacks, water, and a leash and head over to the Butte Lake Trail. The trailhead can be found in Butte, about 30 minutes east of Wasilla. The hike lasts 3.5 miles, so your pup will get plenty of exercise. Word on the street is this trail runs past one of the best fishing spots around, so pack a pole and cast a line. It’s also a great berry picking locale, so if you time things just right, you’ll have some wild berries to add to your trail mix. The West Butte Trail is also a great choice. It’s only 1.5 miles, but rises pretty quickly. The top provides stunning panoramic views of the area.