|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2003
Just minutes from Anchorage lie dozens of world-class hiking and paddling trips. This guide gives you the best, plus gear and travel tips to smooth the way.
Expedition Planner: An Insider's Guide to Anchorage
Bus and van lines Anchorage Public Transit, (907) 343-6543; www.peoplemover.org
o Parks Highway Express, (888) 600-6001; www.alaskashuttle.com (for Parks, Glenn, and Richardson Highways)
o Seward Bus Lines, (907) 563-0800 (Seward, Homer, Anchorage, and more).
Ferry Alaska Marine Highway, (800) 642-0066; www.state.ak.us/ferry
Train Alaska Railroad, (907) 265-2494; www.alaskarailroad.com
o Super 8, (907) 276-8884; www.super8.com; $130 to $150, summer rates. Convenient location, large rooms, continental breakfast, one block from car rentals, airport shuttle.
o Microtel Inn, (907) 245-5002; www.microtelinn.com; $140 to $150. Near the airport, large rooms, continental breakfast, airport shuttle.
o Arctic Bed and Breakfast, (907) 272-1853; www.arcticbb.com; $45 to $65. Near bus and train, refrigerators, laundry.
o Jewel Lake Bed and Breakfast, (907) 245-7321; www.jewellakebandb.com; $99 to $125, summer rates. Tranquil surroundings, close to the airport, knowledgeable hosts, kitchen, freezers, laundry.
o Kaladi Bros Coffee Co. & Internet Cafe: Between REI and a used bookstore in the Northern Lights Mall.
o Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Cafe, (907) 276-4200. Cheap, healthy, food (try the halibut tacos) and microbrews, plus $3 feature films at 5:30 and 10 pm.
o Chilkoot Charlie's, (907) 272-1010. Cranks up late. Not for amateurs. Bring earplugs and cab fare.
o REI, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., (907) 272-4565
o Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, 2633 Spenard Rd., (two blocks north of REI), (907) 972-1811; www.alaskamountaineering.com
o Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking (see Last-Minute Supplies, above).
o Alaska Public Lands Info Center, (907) 271-2737; www.nps.gov/aplic
o USGS Earth Science Info Center, (907) 786-7011; http://mapping.usgs.gov/
o Chugach State Park, (907) 345-5014; email@example.com o Eagle River Nature Center, (907) 694-2108; www.ernc.org
o Alpine Guides Alaska, (907) 373-3051; www.alaska.net/~alpineak/
o Nancy Lake Ranger Station, (907) 495-6273; www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/nancylk/nancylk.htm
o Parks Highway Express, (888) 600-6001; www.alaskashuttle.com
o Alaska Division of Mining, Land, and Water, (907) 345-5014
o Denali State Park, (907) 745-3975; www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/denali1.htm
Prince William Sound
o Alaska Sea Kayakers, (877) 472-2534; www.alaskaseakayakers.com
o Anadyr Adventures, (800) 865-2925; www.anadyradventures.com
o Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, (907) 262-7021; http://kenai.fws.gov
o Kachemak Bay State Park, Homer Ranger Station, (907) 235-7024; www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/kba/kbay.htm
o Kenai Fjords National Park, (907) 224-3175; www.nps.gov/kefj/index.htm
o Chugach National Forest, Seward District, (907) 224-3374; www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/seward
Most public cabins sleep 4 to 10 people and are outfitted with stoves, bunks, first-aid kits, and fire extinguishers. Reserve 3 to 6 months in advance; $25 to $50 a night. The Mountaineering Club of Alaska also maintains several huts (join for a small fee).
o State land cabin rentals: Alaska Department of Natural Resources Public Information Center, (907) 269-8400; www.alaskastateparks.org
o Forest Service cabin reservations: Reserve USA, (877) 444-6777; www.reserveusa.com
o Mountaineering Club of Alaska; < a href="http;//www.mcak.org" target="new">www.mcak.org
o 55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska, by Helen D. Nienhueser and John Wolfe Jr. ($17)
o How to Rent a Cabin in Southcentral Alaska, by Andromeda Romano-Lax ($16)