Hope or Bust!!

by Mike on June 3, 2012

Hope is a quant, little town with population of just 200, located at the end of a 17 mile paved road which runs parallel to the 6 Mile River. As you wind into the forest, look for the private campsites perched along the Turnagain Arm; perfect to park the van and set up camp. Continue to Mile 16 where you’ll find Main Street, Hope. The Sea Fair Inn offers a great place to grab a drink and have a meal as you overlook the Arm. Live music is usually offered every Thursday night with special guests showing up to play occasionally on the weekends. There is a campground located at the end of Main Street where you can park the van, set up camp near the Resurrection Creek and listen to the live music by the campfire.

If you head 1 mile past the Main street turn off, the road will end at the Porcupine Creek Campground and the trailhead to Gull Rock, a 5 mile trail to scenic views. If you’re up for a longer hike or mountain bike ride go to the Resurrection Pass trailhead where along the 37 mile trail you’ll pass lakes, cabins, and wildlife.

Hope offers many types of adventures: whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, or learning the history of the gold rush city where many of its buildings date back to the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. Van-camping at Hope should be near the top of your to-do list in Alaska! Check out our Facebook page for pics!

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