Backpacking the Chugach

July 12-14th & August 9-11th 2019, June 12-14th 2020

Anchorage, Alaska

The Chugach Mountains are Calling

This backpacking trip into the Chugach mountains will take us through such impressive landscapes you’ll have trouble believing we’re within an hour drive of Anchorage! During our hike we will travel through wildflowers, clear mountain streams, azure lakes, dramatic peaks, and perhaps a meandering moose or a grizzly bear! This trip is perfect for the novice or experienced backpacker.

Dates: July 12-14th & August 9-11th 2019, June 12-14th 2020
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Activities: Backpacking & Day hiking

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Lodging: Backcountry tent camping
Max group size: 6
Level: 2

Cost: $400

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.”

― Nancy Newhall

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday

We pick you up from your home or hotel in Anchorage around 9am and drive 30 minutes north. After group introductions, gear checks & a backcountry safety briefing, we trek into the Hiland Valley with all of our gear on our backs. We hike 6-7 miles on an established trail towards Eagle & Symphony Lakes where we set up our camp for 2 nights. These lakes are some of my favorite areas of the park, both unique and different shades of an impressive blue. We’ll enjoy the rest of the Alaskan sunlight stretching out our muscles with a post hike yoga practice and soaking up views of neighboring Cantata peak over dinner.

Day 2:  Saturday

After our morning lakeside yoga practice and nourishing breakfast, we leave the heavy stuff behind and grab only what we need for a day hike. We will summit a nearby peak, usually taking around 5-6 hours roundtrip. The last part of the journey has some rock and talus to scramble up, but we take our time. Expect impressive views of the giant mountains that surround us. If the weather cooperates, we will do lunch on the peak! After our decent and eating a well-deserved dinner, we will relax with another post hike yoga opportunity or have the option to chillout and take in our surroundings.

Day 3:  Sunday

We arise and begin our day with a closing yoga & meditation practice before breaking down camp and hitting the trail. We say goodbye to the mountains and work our way back down the valley, taking time to savor in the beauty before returning back to Anchorage.

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