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Hope — Cooper Landing — Moose Pass

The little town of Hope has two terrific things — a great bar and a really unusual liquor store

These are small communities with big character and an even bigger history.  Hope was one of the original goldrush towns formed in 1889 and Moose Pass has been telling tales since a moose stopped the mail carrier's dog team in 1903.  Pan for gold in Hope or begin your exploration of the Chugach National Forest in Moose Pass.  Both towns will offer you an up close view of Alaskan life.

Hope, like its name suggests, is a town for opportunists and adventurers.  People have been gold mining here for 100 years and you can still pan today.  Once you have found your fortune, get your adrenaline flowing with a Class V whitewater rafting  trip down Six Mile Creek.  If you prefer a serene experience with nature, set out on foot or by horseback and explore hundreds of miles of forest service maintained hiking trails. 

Cooper Landing offers horseback day trips that are not your usual "city trail rides".  You can explore Alaska as they did a hundred years ago and see scenery that would take you days to hike to.

Moose Pass is a frequent stop of the Alaska railroad.  Moose Pass offers many opportunities for both horseback riding and dog sledding.  You can always find something to do, even if its just enjoying a cup of coffee with a friendly local.  Chances are they've been in the area for years and are eager to share their beautiful state with you, along with some wild tales.

 

Where the Wild Things Are

 

Grizzly Bears — 25,000 - 38,000

Bears are sometime spotted along rivers and hiking trails April through October, especially when salmon are present.  Check Katmai National Park, south of Anchorage, and Kodiak Island

 

Humpback Whales - 750.  Summer only

Humpbacks and Orcas are best seen in Resurrection or Kachemack Bays.  Many are year round residents.  Humpbacks migrate south for the Winter and are most abundantly seen during Spring and Fall.

 

Sea Otters — 100,000 - 150,000

Look for them in numbers in Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince Williams Sound

 

Bald Eagles — 40,000

Lives in Alaksa all year round.  Check areas along upper Kenai River and the Homer Spit.

 

Dall Sheep

Most often spotted April through September along the Seward Highway, especially at MP106, Sterling Highway, especially at MP46, and hikes up Skyline and Fuller Lakes trails.

 

Caribou — 960,000

Are few, but sometimes spotted from Kenai's bridge access and marathon Road.  Mostly seen in Denali.

 

Beluga Whales

Chase salmon in Cook Inlet.  Watch for their white backs along Turnagain Arm and near the mouth of the Kenai River.

 

Richard Schooler and Linda Ware pause in front of the notorious  Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope

Horseback riding that is "not your city trail ride" can be found outside Cooper Landing or Moose Pass.

 

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