Sometimes it's tough to find a hiking trail that satisfies both kids and parents. This is one of those rare ones that will keep everyone interested. About 13.8 miles out East End Road (and well-marked with signs on the main road and along the trails), Eveline State Recreation Area is a network of nordic ski trails that is also maintained in the summer for hiking. This area is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike because it is one of the most easily-accesible hikes around.
There is one large loop that is about 2 miles long, with several short cuts available along the way. The Alpine Meadow Loop takes you through just that- an expansive meadow full of wildflowers. There are so many types of flowers that grow here that one family even went to the trouble to photograph them all and create a field guide, which you may borrow at the trail head. If you come back several times through the course of the summer, you will see chocolate lilies, monkshood, lupine, forget-me-nots, geraniums, and finally a sea of fireweed.
Views along the way include the Homer Spit, Kachemak Bay, and several glaciers. Beware of moose and don't let the kids run too far ahead. This trail is also very dog-friendly. There are not many trails that I would feel comfortable taking my two kids (ages 3 and 5) hiking on by myself, but this is one of them!
Toward the end of summer, the vegetation can get very tall in places, and the trail narrows a bit.