Backpacking Chugach State Park

Backpacking Chugach State Park

Our backpacking loop through this fantastic wilderness will take us over an unparalleled mountain landscape and will provide scenes of browsing moose, alpine wildflowers, clear mountain streams, dramatic glaciers, azure lakes, and perhaps a grizzly bear!  Our 4-day route will wind from Glenn Alps, across the south fork of Campbell Creek, up the middle fork of Campbell Creek to Williwaw Lakes, over a broad divide to Long Lake, and finally out the north & middle forks of Campbell Creek to the Prospect Heights Trailhead. 

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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Trip Details

DURATION 4 days
LENGTH 30 miles
INTENSITY Level 2
SEASON Summer
MIN AGE 10
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorage
AIRPORT Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
Moose, Sheep, Lynx
Price$995
Youth Price$995
Great ForExplorers Families Couples Individuals

Just 15 minutes from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, lies the third largest state park in America.  Chugach State Park offers a half-million acres of the most accessible backpacking, camping and wildlife viewing in Alaska. 

What's Included

  • All group gear: Expedition quality tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Roundtrip transportation from Anchorage to Chugach State Park
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 guest to guide ratio
  • All meals & snacks from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field
Day
1

Your trip begins today in Anchorage, Alaska.
Your guide will pick you up this morning at your hotel or B&B at 8am. You’ll load into our passenger van and will begin the drive 20 minutes east into Chugach State Park to the trailhead at Glen Alps. Our orientation will include a discussion of the route, an introduction to our unique style of Alaska wilderness travel, a familiarization of the principles of Leave No Trace, and a conversation about traveling safely in bear country. We’ll then load packs and begin the ascent into the high country. Today’s route will ascend the Powerline Pass Trail, across Campbell Creek, and up onto the Middle Fork Loop Trail to Black Lake, beneath O’Malley Peak for a total of 1600’ of elevation gain in roughly 6.5 miles. Tonight you’ll camp in the tundra and sleep to the soothing sounds of the Alaska wilderness. Lunch & dinner included.

Days
2-3 

On Day 2, you’ll move through the alpine tundra country from Black Lake to Upper Williwaw Lakes.  We’ll begin with a descent out of the Black Lake basin, down into the middle fork of Campbell Creek, before climbing again toward the pass dividing the north and middle fork valleys. You’ll feel dwarfed beneath the highest peaks of the front range of the Chugach mountains, most notably the 5445’ behemoth Mt. Williwaw.  After traveling 2.5 miles mostly off-trail, we’ll set up camp in the tundra near the lake and continue with light packs to explore the magnificent complex of ridges and basins beneath the north face of Mt. Williwaw.  By Day 3, we’ll be moving down the north fork to Long Lake & our next camp in the wilderness.  Again, the late afternoon will be spent exploring the high country around camp thus combining both backpacking and hiking for a full day of mileage.  Both days will include at least 6 miles of hiking with over 2000’ of elevation gain & loss.  All meals included.

Day
4

  Today, after our last wilderness breakfast we’ll shoulder our loads and begin the trek out the north fork valley.  Our route will take us down the creek for 3 miles before trending south and up over Near Point, a rounded alpine knob with views of the Alaska Range, Cook Inlet, & Anchorage.  We’ll then begin the lengthy descent off Near Point down to the trailhead at Prospect Heights. Today’s mileage will total over 7 miles with 1000’ of elevation gain and over 3000’ of elevation loss. We’ll return to the van by 7pm and will be back in Anchorage no later than 8pm.  Please schedule all homebound flights for after 10pm. Breakfast & Lunch included.

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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