Reported by: AK State parks (DNR)
Chugach State Park Winter Recreation – April 13th
Feb 21, 2017 Attn snowmachiners: The Hillside is now OPEN to snowmachines. Please pay attention to the signs and to the boundaries of where snowmachining is allowed! It’s been a while since we last opened so as a reminder here is the rundown:
ANCHORAGE HILLSIDE, South Fork of Campbell Creek (Powerline Pass)
Area Description: Snowmobilers must follow a designated two mile corridor beginning at Upper Huffman trailhead to access the open area. Beyond a sign posted at the two-mile mark, …snowmobilers have access to the entire Powerline Valley. Williwaw Lakes Valley is not open to snowmobiles. Crossing over Ship or Powerline Pass will also result in violation. 11 AAC 20.040 (7)
Fee: $5 parking fee or annual day use pass.
Location: Following the signs from O’Malley Road to the Upper Huffman Trailhead. Trailhead is at the terminus of Sultana drive.
Special Features: Views of Alaska Range, Anchorage. Flat lower valley riding terrain and intermediate to advanced riding up valley.
FYI – This opening is subject to closure at any time depending on the level of snow pack.
A $5 day-use fee or 2014 annual parking pass is required at most trailheads throughout the State park. The 2015 parking passes can be
purchased from park offices, park staff, and REI and online at alaskastateparks.org. 2016 passes now available online only!
Four-wheel drive and studded tires and/or chains are strongly recommended at most of the trail-head access points of the park.
Back country users: Chugach State Park is an AVALANCHE HAZARD AREA. Be knowledgeable of the avalanche conditions and be sure and take your avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes and be knowledgeable on their use. BE PREPARED!!! The weather can change quickly and threaten your safety. Remember hypothermia is a life-threatening condition. Safe traveling can prevent backcountry emergencies and costly searches and rescue. Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return. Know the hazards of the backcountry you’re traveling in. Travel with a companion and carry a pack containing safety gear and emergency provisions. Be safe and enjoy the park.
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