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Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park

Free admission
18620 Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK, Anchorage, 99577

The Basics

Chugach State Park covers half a million acres (202,400 hectares), and guided tours are a great way to experience the vast park. Activities include hiking, skiing, camping, cycling, sea kayaking, climbing, glacier viewing, horseback riding, gold-panning, and more, all minutes from downtown Anchorage. The park is known for its easy accessibility and range of outdoor activities for all levels and abilities.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Chugach State Park is an easily accessible wilderness 20 minutes from Anchorage.

  • Guided hiking and wildlife-viewing tours are a great way to see the massive park.

  • Most trailheads and parking areas require a daily fee.

  • Several campgrounds, public-use cabins, and yurts are available in the park.

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How to Get There

Chugach State Park is accessible through several entrance stations along Highway 1 just outside of Anchorage. Though most easily accessed by car, the park is also served by a few city buses and private shuttle services. Many visitors opt to book a guided tour of the park from Anchorage that includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Chugach State Park is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. Wildflower displays are spectacular during the summer months, often peaking late July through early August. Berry picking is a popular activity in the autumn months, and skiing, snowshoeing, and dogsledding opportunities are plentiful during the winter.

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Hiking Chugach State Park’s Flattop Mountain

Flattop Mountain is a popular day hike outside Anchorage and the most frequently climbed peak in all of Alaska. The Flattop Mountain Shuttle provides round-trip transportation from downtown Anchorage to the Glen Alps Trailhead. From the trailhead it’s approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) to the top of Flattop, with nearly 1,500 feet (457 meters) of elevation gain. Hikers who attain the summit are rewarded with 360-degree views of the Alaska Range, the Cook Inlet, and Anchorage.

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