The Chugach Mountains
Alaska's Most Accessible Natural Area
The Chugach Mountains create more than a dramatic skyline for Anchorage. They are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Combined, Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest are home to some of the most accessible outdoor adventures in the state. Best of all, some of the top trailheads and access points are just 20 minutes from downtown.
Chugach State Park is one of the largest state parks in the nation. To the east of that, Chugach National Forest is the second-largest national forest in the U.S. Together they comprise more than 9,000 square miles of hiking, rafting, biking, ATVing, kayaking, and fishing. The most frequently climbed mountain in Alaska, most popular trailheads, and more than 60 of the state’s most accessible glaciers are all found in the Chugach.
With such a massive range, there are plenty of access points. And ways to enjoy it are as varied as the Chugach landscape. Head north for kayaking on a glacial lake or alpine berry picking. A trip south reveals countless hiking trails tucked into the mountains and amazing glaciers.
Wherever you wander, look for posted trail signage and safety information, and go with a guide if you're in need of some extra outdoor expertise.