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Chugach National Forest, Valdez

#27 of 113 in Nature in Alaska
Forest · National Park
An outdoor playground for Alaskans, Chugach National Forest draws millions of annual visitors with its pristine nature and diverse landscapes. Featuring extensive coastline, evergreen forests, and magnificent glaciers spilling out into the Gulf of Alaska, Chugach is home to numerous bird, mammal, and marine species. If you make an effort to hike away from the main roads in late summer, chances are you'll see moose, sheep, mountain goats, and even bears feeding on salmon. Options for exploring the area include backcountry camping, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Put Chugach National Forest on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Valdez trip maker website.
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  • There are so many campgrounds to choose from within the Chugach National Forest and you can't go wrong with any of them! They are nice and private, friendly hosts, beautiful HUGE trees!  more »
  • Incredible experience - don't rush through this wonderful drive Also, take time to hike out and enjoy this National Forest!  more »
  • We thought Denali was big, but the Chugach National Forest consists of around 6 million acres of land. It surrounds Prince William Sound and spills over on to the Kenai Peninsula which is where we.....  more »
  • There are many excellent hikes and cross country ski routes in the mountains above Anchorage. Most accessible by a 20 to 30 minute drive. In winter a front wheel drive vehicle or all wheel drive is advised. (studded tires are very helpful with either)
  • We make two stops off the Alaskan Railroad, one on Whittier to camp and the next night at the Spencer Creek Glacier trails. It was wonderful weather in August, we hiked about 10 miles each day with plenty to view, we hiked to the Spencer Cabin to have lunch and it had wonderful views, we met a group that helicoptered in to the top of the mountain and hiked down, and met many other great individuals. There were many rafters and and kayakers that looks to be having a great time!
  • Beyond beautiful, great hiking trails and places to fish. Been going on vacation there for the past 3 years. Would definitely return many more times. Hopefully the Swan Lake Fire doesn't destroy too much of it.
  • This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The best time to visit is in late spring when everything is in bloom and the animals are getting more active. A must see at least once in your life.
  • Best Bluewater camping I've ever been at. It was so good my wife had to stay here for six days just because of the water. Cooper Creek Campground North number 23.

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