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Drove up the mountain to a lookout point to see the city from above. It was gorgeous and the air was so crisp and clean. I like this view of Anchorage much better than the traffic that was in the city. It was so pretty...More
I'm not dissing this park which is a pretty natural area. However, there are 6 million plus acres of national parks and many, many state parks. Again, unless you want to or have to stay close to Anchorage, go visit parks to the north; especially,...More
Wanted to hike to the hand tram and try it out, but after a lengthy hike in a gorgeous wood, we ended up not doing it because the lines on both sides were so long. Other than that, it was a really nice hike, lots...More
The view at the trailheads is amazing. On a clear day in September we saw Denali. The view of Anchorage and surrounding mountains was breathtaking. Worth a trip up just for the view. Ample parking and many trails can be accessed. We did a relatively...More
The Chugach State Park is located in the Chugach National forest and is located off the Seward Highway. The park provides the opportunity to hike and view wildlife in the lush sub polar temperature rain forest. We passed through its southern border on our way...More
Much of what we saw of the Chugach was from our Glacier Cruise, but we were blessed to have a ranger on board with us who was extremely knowledgeable.The water is a beautiful blue and there are many waterfalls and glaciers. We saw many otters...More
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No, the Chugach State Park is huge. Try to find a map of the park and then pinpoint areas of interest to you. There are several pocket-sized trail guides that will provide details of the various trails -- distance... More
No, the Chugach State Park is huge. Try to find a map of the park and then pinpoint areas of interest to you. There are several pocket-sized trail guides that will provide details of the various trails -- distance, difficulty level, how much time to allow, etc. I found these trail guides in convenience stores, bookstores, and touristy shops. Some may be found at park visitors' centers (however, many areas of the park are unmanned by park rangers, so get a map before you head out.) If you are hiking, be sure to carry adequate water with you. When we hiked several trails, we saw abundant wildlife nearby, including moose and bears. So, be aware of your surroundings and cautious at all times. If you have limited time, I would recommend the Lake Eklutna area (north of Anchorage). It is a beautiful lake, with several trails available. The lakeside trail is an easy hike, but long. The Twin Peaks trail affords some beautiful views of the lake, but it is rated difficult -- and it is. However, if you want to try that trail, be aware that the viewpoint from about halfway up the trail -- there is a benchseat there at a curve in the trail -- is nearly as good as the view from the top of the trail. If you stop at that point, you will get a great view and will not wear yourself out climbing the remainder of the steep trail, which ends with scrambling over rocks and tundra at the top. It is on this trail that a moose crossed our trail early on, and then later on the steep part we saw two bear cubs and a mama bear frolicking on a nearby rise. It is a good idea to wear bear bells and carry bear spray along with you if you decide to climb to the top of this trail.