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May 2003

Alaska Made Easy

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;

o Parks Highway Express, (888) 600-6001; (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;

Train Alaska Railroad, (907) 265-2494;


o Super 8, (907) 276-8884;; $130 to $150, summer rates. Convenient location, large rooms, continental breakfast, one block from car rentals, airport shuttle.

o Microtel Inn, (907) 245-5002;; $140 to $150. Near the airport, large rooms, continental breakfast, airport shuttle.

o Arctic Bed and Breakfast, (907) 272-1853;; $45 to $65. Near bus and train, refrigerators, laundry.

o Jewel Lake Bed and Breakfast, (907) 245-7321;; $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;



o Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking (see Last-Minute Supplies, above).

o Alaska Public Lands Info Center, (907) 271-2737;

o USGS Earth Science Info Center, (907) 786-7011;


o Chugach State Park, (907) 345-5014;

o Eagle River Nature Center, (907) 694-2108;

o BLM Alaska State Office, (907) 271-5076;

o Chugach National Forest, Seward District, (907) 224-3374;


o Alpine Guides Alaska, (907) 373-3051;

o Nancy Lake Ranger Station, (907) 495-6273;

o Parks Highway Express, (888) 600-6001;

o Alaska Division of Mining, Land, and Water, (907) 345-5014

o Denali State Park, (907) 745-3975;

Prince William Sound

o Alaska Sea Kayakers, (877) 472-2534;

o Honey Charters, (907) 472-2493;

o Alaska Marine Highway, (800) 642-0066;

o Anadyr Adventures, (800) 865-2925;


o Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, (907) 262-7021;

o Kachemak Bay State Park, Homer Ranger Station, (907) 235-7024;

o Kenai Fjords National Park, (907) 224-3175;

o Chugach National Forest, Seward District, (907) 224-3374;


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;

o Forest Service cabin reservations: Reserve USA,

(877) 444-6777;

o Mountaineering Club of Alaska; < a href="http;//" target="new">


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)

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