Where are the alder patches?
:laughing: Having spent way too much cussing the alders in this country I never though I'd hear anyone ask this question.
Another place you might try for the snowshoes is down around the Placer River, South of Anchorage. I saw quite a few this year during duck season. You can't miss the alders. They are thick and about 10 feet high and the only critter that seems to REALLY have a problem getting around in them are humans. Bears and moose can really seem to move in them and the dogs do alright 'cause they are so short. Walk the riverbanks right next to the vegitation on the banks and you should be able to kick up a few hares (this applies to the areas N. of town also).
One of your best friends when looking for areas to hunt around here is the Alaska Atlas & Gazzetteer. It's got topo maps of the entire state in it for about $20. It doesn't have all the detail you need for somethings, but it lets you look at what"s around and gives you ideas of places you might like to try without spending a fortune on USGS maps.