Ship Creek Valley Trail

Anchorage, Alaska

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The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and well-traveled foothills from its more remote regions. Though it straddles this border, the Ship Creek Valley Trail is definitely not a well-worn path. Hiking in this rugged land requires fortitude, but for a compact journey through the heart of the wilderness, over a mile-wide pass ringed with jagged peaks, and down to the pale gray ocean, this trip can’t be beat. Ship Creek Valley remains, true to the intentions of the park’s founders, a pristine wilderness—so don’t expect any mileposts or trail maintenance. In fact, don’t expect a trail.

Ship Creek Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and well-traveled foothills from its more remote regions. Though it straddles this border, the Ship Creek Valley Trail is definitely not a well-worn path.

Hiking in this rugged land requires fortitude, but for a compact journey through the heart of the wilderness, over a mile-wide pass ringed with jagged peaks, and down to the pale gray ocean, this trip can’t be beat. Ship Creek Valley remains, true to the intentions of the park’s founders, a pristine wilderness—so don’t expect any mileposts or trail maintenance. In fact, don’t expect a trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 days
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Seward D-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Ship Creek Valley Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/13/2010
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This is not a review, but does anyone have thoughts on snowshoes for this hike? Im looking for a good challenge but easy to get to from the city.


4/13/2008
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Cross country skied Ship Creek to Indian Creek. It was a fantastic ski, most enjoyed by those who had intermediate or better classic skiing skills. Some folks had backcountry skis with metal edges, some without metal edges, and some others with touring skis typically used in groomed tracks. Trail involved a great winding downhill to start, then long meandering ski up Ship Creek towards Indian Pass. Nothing too technically challenging here. All you need is endurance to ski 22 miles and an ability to enjoy beautiful views. Pass is an easy ascent, with a nice downhill descent winding through the trees. What a blast! Having good snow conditions makes or breaks this trip, and we got lucky to be skiing it 4 days after a nice snowfall added a layer of powder and filled in the forest floor on the Indian Creek side. We skied it at a very leisurely pace and did it in about 7 hrs. This ski is a gem, and a wonderful way to see the Chugach.



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May 2018