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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 hikingraftingbikingATVingkayaking, 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 pickingA 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.

Explore the Chugach

Turnagain Arm

Witness to famous sailors in the age of exploration, Turnagain Arm remains enticing to modern-day adventurers...

Arctic Valley

One of the first Chugach access points heading north from Anchorage, Arctic Valley is packed with trails but...

Eklutna Lake

Paddle, pedal or power: there are many ways to explore Eklutna Lake. The long lake is fed by Eklutna Glacier...

Bird Creek

Flowing into Turnagain Arm approximately 20 miles south of Anchorage, Bird Creek offers a bevy of recreational...