Hope Alaska: Camping & Recreation

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292

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                    Camping & Outdoor Recreation


Literally at the end of the road on the beautiful southern shore of Turnagain Arm lies Hope, Alaska.  Founded in the late 1890's after gold was discovered on nearby Resurrection Creek, Hope is a charming window to the past and a favorite playground for Alaskans.

There are no WalMart's, no 7-11's and no Golden Arches.  What they do have an abundance of, however, is natural beauty. The 17 mile Hope Highway winds through towering spruce and stands of birch and aspen giving visitors spectacular views of the Chugach Mountains and the blueish gray waters of Turnagain Arm.

Pull-outs are plentiful and believe me you'll want to stop at every one.  It took us more than an hour and a half to make the drive to Hope from the Seward Highway cutoff. 

Although a large portion of the nearby community of Sunrise was destroyed by the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, several buildings original to Hope City remain.  Built in 1902, the Social Hall remains the heart of the community.  The first day we arrived a town potluck was in full swing with locals and visitors alike joining in the festivities.  The original 1938 school house is now the town museum and should be one of your first stops.

Where to stay

No hotels means you're probably staying in an RV or tent.  A small campground (parking lot) can be found at the end of Main Street.  For those looking for full hookups this is your only option.  If you're in a tent or don't need hookups, Porcupine State Campground can be found a mile past Hope proper.  While Porcupine is a primitive campground (i.e. no hookups) it is a breathtaking slice of paradise.  Sites 1 through 11 offer unobstructed views of Turnagain Arm.  Porcupine is even big rig friendly with most spaces able to accommodate up to a 40' coach and several allowing room for a 45' coach plus your toad. Site #2 is our favorite (140' pull through with amazing views) Advance reservations are highly recommended as it fills up fast in the summer.

What to see and do

Fishing:  The Hope Pink Salmon Derby runs from mid July to Mid August. Sixmile and Resurrection creeks are both great spots for trying your hand at landing pink, silver and chum salmon.  

Hope Alaska Recreation & CampingHiking/Mountain Biking:  Gull Rock and Hope Point trails both begin at Porcupine Campground.  Gull Rock is a relatively easy 5 mile trail that follows Turnagain Arm.  Hope Point, at 2.5 miles, is a serious workout. It's been said you'll need to be part mountain goat to make it to the top of Mt. Hope (3,900') and I wholeheartedly agree with that.  For those looking for a multiple day hike, Resurrection Creek Trail is a 38 mile hike through forested hills and alpine meadows over the mountain to Cooper Landing on the Sterling Highway. 

Whitewater Rafting:  Billed as one of the best whitewater rafting trips in the North America, NOVA River Runners offers 3 hour Class IV and a 4.5 hour Class V rafting trips. There are three steep canyons with narrow routes, steep drops, beautiful pools, and hang-onto-your-shorts rapids all in a gorgeous semi-rain forest.  Operating under a permit from the US Forest Service, NOVA has been running these rapids for more than 25 years. 

Gold Mining:  It put Hope on the map, and as they say, there's gold in them thar hills. Records indicate that between the late 1880's and 1906 more than $1,000,000 in gold was mined from the area.  Bring your gold pans or suction dredges (up to 4" with a permit from AK Fish & Game) and try your hand at mining.

Wildlife Viewing: In the few days we were there this year, we saw a handful of moose, several black bears, fox, ptarmigan and loads of ground squirrels.  Just a reminder:  Moose look slow and dumb, but they are agile and can run faster than you can.  Porcupine Campground has been home to several black bears who are not the least bit afraid of you.  Please use caution.

Photography: Granted, I consider all of Alaska a photographers paradise but it's hard to take a bad picture here (and yet thanks to a sensor that needed cleaning I managed to do just that). 

Hope Alaska in Photo's

Hope Alaska Recreation & Camping

Downtown Hope, Alaska

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Views of Turnagain Arm from Porcupine Campground

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Discovery Cafe & Turnagain Arm @ Low Tide

The next time you're looking for a gorgeous area to explore or just somwhere peaceful to rejuvenate mind, body and soul, consider a trip to Hope, Alaska.  It's certainly on our 'favorite places' list. 

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Comments (34)

Aaron Vaughn 830-358-0455
Conifer Builders LLC - Canyon Lake, TX

Very informative blog post. Thanks for the information. I am sure it will be useful to me down the road.

Oct 26, 2009 02:45 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great localism post and congrats on the feature. We were in Homer two years ago and have visited other cities in Alaska...all of breathtaking with the peaceful beautiful scenery...untouched by man.

Oct 26, 2009 02:54 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Jesse - That is a fantastic itinerary that you have mapped out!  The natural beauty in your area ALWAYS leaves me speechlees - you are so lucky to see that EVERY day!

Oct 26, 2009 02:58 AM
Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

Jesse...this looks amazing.  I have not made it to Alaska yet but it is on my list of things to do.  I love camping so this looks like a perfect spot!

Oct 26, 2009 03:06 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You mean Bullwinkle is faster than Rocky? You have shattered my misguided notions about moose.

sacramento agent

Oct 26, 2009 03:21 AM
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
NextHome Experience - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Jesse, you and Lisa are the best localism writers I know here on AR. As always, just love the photos. They make me want to be there now. (Especially since it's about as gray and rainy as you can get here today).

Oct 26, 2009 03:28 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Jesse...as you know I visitd your grand state this summer and you make me want to go back.  Where is Hope compared to Fairbanks?

Oct 26, 2009 03:58 AM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jesse - I LOVE the pictures you used.  The colors are beautiful!  I need to visit....someday.

Oct 26, 2009 05:55 AM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

I've always wanted to go there to spend at least a month the pics and story only make me want to go more. Thanks for sharing

Oct 26, 2009 06:05 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Well, I think the photos are beautiful and aside from all of that sleeping in tents and the wildlife I might encounter, it sounds like the perfect vacation.  The no hotels may be a bit of a problem for this city girl.  xxoo

Oct 26, 2009 07:03 AM
AZ Mortgage Broker: Michael George
Arizona Wholesale Mortgage Inc. - Phoenix, AZ
AZ Mortgage Rates

Looks beautiful.  Your clients will be pleased with such an informative article.

Oct 26, 2009 09:08 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Jesse,
A well deserved feature on this excllent Localism post.

Oct 26, 2009 11:49 AM
Anonymous
camping tents

The beauty of this place is awesome. I need to get up there sometime soon. Ilove hiking and have been doing so for many years now. Keeps one young, healthy and happy.

Oct 26, 2009 01:06 PM
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Brilliant photos of nature Jesse. And I thought Hope was just that place in Arkansas.

Oct 26, 2009 02:30 PM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Gary, I was thinking of our dear President Clinton as well.  I was born in a little town called Hope! 

Hi again Jesse!

Oct 26, 2009 02:52 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jesse, it is very beautiful!  Great photos!

Oct 26, 2009 05:48 PM
Anonymous
FELIX MARTINEZ

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Aug 03, 2011 05:25 PM
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Anonymous
Karen Main
I used to live in Hope in 1987, loved it, will never forget it
Dec 21, 2013 10:55 AM
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Anonymous
Karen Main
I will also never forget the people, Hippy John, Hindu, Cracker Jack and Holly, Tito, Don and Joyce Orr, Tom Williams, Whiskey ? It was a great exciting year, gold mining up Bear Creek, Seaview Cafe and Bar, Titos Discovery Cafe every morning for breakfast.........I remember it well.....
Dec 21, 2013 12:42 PM
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Anonymous
pat
looking for a dry cabin to rent that has electric in hope
Apr 24, 2014 02:28 PM
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