Chugach Range

Stretching nearly 300 miles across south-central Alaska, the Chugach is bordered by the Copper River to the east and the tidal flats of Turnagain Arm to the west. This mythical range runs south to the shores of Prince William Sound and north to the banks of the Nelchina and Tazlina Rivers. It is home to the Columbia Glacier – one of the largest tidewater glaciers in North America.

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Famous for it’s steep terrain and maritime snowpack, thousands of skiers and riders flock to the Chugach each year. Ancient glaciers and rolling tundra are exciting to explore in summer too. Its close proximity to Anchorage plus road, bush plane, helicopter and boat access make the Chugach a popular destination for recreationalists year-round.


Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve heard of the Bore Tides in Turnagain Arm. What are they?
A bore tide, or tidal bore, is a wall of water coming in with the tide. It is created by a wide range between high and low tides (more than 35 feet in Cook Inlet) and the narrow, shallow and gentle sloping of the arm. The only places in the United States where tidal bores occur regularly are in Turnagain and Knik Arms.

Bore tides in Turnagain Arm range from 2 to 6 feet high and travel between 10 and 15 mph. Minus tides, new or full moons and high winds contribute to a large bore tide, which may sound like a train. Beluga Point is a good place to watch for bore tides, which generally occur about 45 minutes after the predicted Anchorage low tide.

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Destination Chugach Range


  • Mount Goode (10,610 ft; 3233 m)
  • World class backcountry skiing and riding near Anchorage
  • Mount Thor (12,251 ft; 3734 m)
  • Mount Marcus Baker (13,176 ft; 4016 m)
  • Pioneer Peak (6,398 ft; 1950 m)
  • World famous backcountry steeps near Valdez

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