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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
We visited Thunderbird Falls on our way north to Denali NP. Off the Old Glenn Hwy, cost is $5 for the park. The trail is fairly flat hit does have some hills. It is pretty wet so good footwear is best to prevent slipping.
I didn't get to explore as much of this park as I would have liked to, but what I saw was beautiful. I just went to the top and took in the lovely view. I did see the beginning of a trail that looked beautiful....More
We spent 10 days touring the Kenai Peninsula in a motorhome. This park is massive. The views have to be seen to be believed. We stayed in the park a few times as we made our way around the area. Enjoyed every minute!
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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.