Indian Creek to Glen Alps Traverse

Indian, Alaska

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If Chugach State Park has a specific birthplace, it is Indian Creek Valley. In 1969, a petition to log the valley’s towering old-growth spruce spurred a group of citizens to action. They sought to protect not only this valley, but the whole of Anchorage’s vast backyard by campaigning for a state park. The park they proposed was larger than any ever created by a state, nearly two-thirds the size of Yosemite National Park. Backed by a coalition of local groups and widespread public support, they prevailed. Indian Valley is testament to their achievement: it remains, as it was then, a serene and pristine slice of Alaska’s wilderness.

Indian Creek to Glen Alps Traverse Professional Review and Guide

"If Chugach State Park has a specific birthplace, it is Indian Creek Valley. In 1969, a petition to log the valley’s towering old-growth spruce spurred a group of citizens to action. They sought to protect not only this valley, but the whole of Anchorage’s vast backyard by campaigning for a state park.

The park they proposed was larger than any ever created by a state, nearly two-thirds the size of Yosemite National Park. Backed by a coalition of local groups and widespread public support, they prevailed. Indian Valley is testament to their achievement: it remains, as it was then, a serene and pristine slice of Alaska’s wilderness."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Indian
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 3,900 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 10 to 14 hours (or overnight)
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8, Seward D-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Creek to Glen Alps Traverse

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