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Chugach State Park, Anchorage

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#5 of 16 in Nature in Anchorage
Forest · Hidden Gem · State Park
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Chugach State Park covers 495,204 acres immediately east of the Anchorage Bowl in south-central Alaska. Though primarily in the Municipality of Anchorage, a small portion of the park north of the Eklutna Lake area in the vicinity of Pioneer Peak lies within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Established by legislation signed into law on August 6, 1970, by Alaska Governor Keith Miller, this state park was created to provide recreational opportunities, protect the scenic value of the Chugach Mountains and other geographic features, and ensure the safety of the water supply for Anchorage. The park, managed by Alaska State Parks, is the third-largest state park in the United States, and consists of geographically disparate areas each with different attractions and facilities. Only Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California and Wood-Tikchik State Park in western Alaska are larger. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the Chugach under regulations established by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for game management unit 14c. Target practice is not allowed within the park boundaries. In January of 2017, Chugach State Park was named the best state park in Alaska. Add Chugach State Park and other attractions to your Anchorage trip itinerary using our Anchorage trip planning app.
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  • You'll enjoy the view better from on top of the mountain. Our guide ensured we'd love the view. I was so in awe of being on the mountain. 
    You'll enjoy the view better from on top of the mountain. Our guide ensured we'd love the view. I was so in awe of being on the mountain.  more »
  • A real pleasure to visit and drive through on the way down to Soldotna. All trailheads & parking areas well signposted in advance for safe entry. 
    A real pleasure to visit and drive through on the way down to Soldotna. All trailheads & parking areas well signposted in advance for safe entry.  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome view of Anchorage and the area from the easy to access outlook. Trails were easy to follow in the snow with footprints and well-placed markers. I went up the flattop trail and was treated to great views. I turned around a little ways after the first two peaks because I was hiking alone and the clouds were coming down on me. I saw a couple make it to the summit with their two dogs. Couldn't have been too hard since they didn't have crampons or anything like that when I passed them. Overall great place I hope to explore more!
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