Profile view of the western Chugach Range as seen from Anchorage Alaska

Just east of Anchorage the snow-tipped ridges and sharp peaks of the Chugach Range cut a jagged edge into an orange sunrise. Wind blows through bowls and valleys. Crystal clear water flows through beds of rounded river rock and falls from ledges and shelves to pools below. A bull moose at the edge of a stand of birch strips bark from a sapling at his knees and Dall sheep watch from ledges high above.

Chugach Range - Flat Top to North Suicide Peak
Flat-Top to North Suicide Peak

For Alaska Wildlife Adventures, the Chugach Mountains, Chugach State Park, and Chugach National Forest are our playgrounds. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to explore the Chugach just about anytime we choose. We climb the ridges, glass the valleys, explore the glaciers, photograph the wildlife and generally roam far and wide in the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska. From McHugh Peak to Pioneer Peak, Girdwood to Eagle River and all points in between we love exploring the Chugach.

Backpacking Powerline Pass, Ptarmigan Peak in Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska
Ptarmigan Peak in Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska

The Chugach Range spans about 240 miles east to west extending from Anchorage, the Turnagain Arm and the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet on the west to the Tana River Valley which is about 60 miles west of the Alaska / Canada border on the east. From north to south, the Chugach cover over 60 miles at the widest part. With such a vast area, we could spend a lifetime exploring the Chugach and barely scratch the proverbial surface. Most often, our trips focus on the western few miles of the Chugach.
A large variety of Alaskan wildlife roams the Chugach Range. We regularly see moose, Dall sheep, bears, mountain goat and a host of smaller wild animals here.
We welcome you to come with us and experience the grandeur of the Chugach Mountains for yourself!

The View from McHugh – A 380° panorama from the top of McHugh peak, January, 2021

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