Chugach State Park

Friday afternoon, late April. End of a busy workweek — so busy that I’ve kept myself sequestered indoors, despite six straight days of glorious sunshine and springtime warmth. Today, finally, I leave my hurried, too-much-to-do city life and head for the hills. After too long away, I return to Anchorage’s backyard wilderness, Chugach State Park. […]

Monte Sano State Park

Monte Sano State Park

General Location. On Monte Sano Mtn., adjacent to Huntsville. Length & Difficulty: 2 miles; easy. Elevation Change: 200 feet maximum. What’s Special: Interesting rock formation. Topo Maps: Huntsville USGS 7.5 degree quad.

Buck's Pocket State Park

Buck’s Pocket State Park

Buck’s Pocket State Park is a pretty area hurt by the lack of a really good trail. The park is a narrow gorge cut into Sand Mountain by South Saunty creek. It features dense woods and high bluffs with nice views. Getting to those views is the problem: there are relatively few trails here, and […]