This hike was rated 4 stars.
Difficulty
Difficult; most of the hike is uphill with a very steep incline. Only the physically fit should attempt this hike.
Connects With
Nearby:
Gull Rock
Resurrection Pass
Miles One Way
2.5
Miles from Anchorage
90; just past the city of Hope
Season
May to September (may be snow at the top in early season)

Description

This is one tough hike. If it were any more steep, you’d be Batman and Robin climbing up a building. They didn’t even have the courtesy to put in switchbacks. But if you’re in shape and up for the challenge, I highly recommend this hike for its excellent views of Turnagain Arm, the city of Hope and Resurrection Valley, and as you get to the top, the Kenai and Chugach Mountains. You’ll also get a faint view of Anchorage across the Arm.

The trail starts just before the entrance of the campground. You’ll follow the creek for an 1/8 of a mile and then – that’s it, vacation’s over! You will constantly be going uphill with very little trail that is actually level. The 2 worst spots are the bluff and the last part of the ridgeline. But I definitely have to say that the views and scenery are worth it.

When you get to the top, if you have a mind to, the trail heads right into the heart of the mountains but I have no information of what’s beyond the peak.

Important Information

Bring enough water. There are no sources once you leave the creek. And remember, you’ll be sweating.

Either bring another person or bring a cell phone. It goes without saying to be careful on this trail, especially when descending the bluff part. In addition, the last part of the ridge is a narrow footpath with a huge drop. The potential for a fall is high on this trail. I’m not saying this to scare you but as a note to be cautious. You do not want to rush this trail. Take each step carefully.

Some guidebooks mention a radio tower. This has been removed and you will not find it.

You definitely want to pack a windbreaker. Besides the obvious reason that it’s windy at the top, you’ll be very sweaty by the time you get there and you’ll need to keep that wind from causing you hypothermia.

I did this trail in May and boy, were my hands cold up there. I wish I had packed my fleece gloves.

Etc.

The state campground where the trailhead starts is very nice. If you’re lucky, you’ll get one of the five sites that look right out on Turnagain Arm. It’s first come, first serve so get there early.

The town of Hope is worth a quick “looky see”. There is basically one loop road with lots of historic houses and cabins.

Topo Map

Hope Point topo map

Comments on hiking Hope Point

  1. Ryan Gilmour — August 27, 2017

    Of the two hikes me and my girlfriend did while in Alaska (the other being Falls Creek) this was our favorite. We were making lots of noise the whole time especially after hearing a bear roar about 20 minutes into the hike. It was extremely foggy until we got above the treeline and then it cleared up revealing breathtaking views. It does get a bit steep at points and when waking along the rocket Ridge line you should watch your step. Getting to the top was worth it!

  2. Team Simon 7/29/16 — July 29, 2016

    This is my favorite hike of all time. Two 40 year-olds and a one year old Jack Russell Terrier made it to the summit in 2.5 hours. We took the very nice switch back trail for the first 40 minutes, and then we found log-built stairs up through a meadow on the face of the first hump. That cut significant distance off the hike, but it was straight up. We consistently made our presence known by calling “hey bear!” because we saw both brown and back bear poop on the trail. The hike was a good workout and provided amazing viewers the whole time. Whether in the forrest, along the ridge line, or at the summit, you will be blessed. We hiked on a day with high cloud cover – but NO WIND, which is rare in this area. You can catch views of Anchorage as well as the windmills on Fire Island. Don’t be fooled by the glade summits, and don’t be discouraged. Keep going. This is a really special hike.

  3. Kari Mohn — September 17, 2015

    The switchbacks are in. Hiked this trail on September 16, 2015. The Seward District of the Chugach National Forest trail crew did a fantastic job. The original trail crosses the new trail many times as the old trail heads straight up. At 72 I was glad for the switchbacks. The views don’t change no matter which trail you take. YFI The trailhead has changed. Hope Point and Gull Rock now share the same trailhead with good parking and an outhouse. The entrance is well signed and is to the left before the campground at the end of the road.

  4. The following was submitted by Dan Conetta:

    Rating: 4 moose hooves

    Hope Point Trail is one fantastic venture and if you haven’t done it yet, it’s certainly one for the “bucket list.” The trailhead is an unmarked trail that starts from Discovery Campground which is located at the end of the Hope Highway. Once you find the trail it is easy to follow. Hope Point Trail is not the same as Gull Rock Trail which also starts from the campground. The hike is relatively steep and took us about 4 hours to get to the top, at a casual pace. The hike offered spectacular views all along the way, and midway up we saw a dozen or more goats in a valley. On the way down we saw a black bear far below us in a canyon. From the top of Hope Point we could see Anchorage with Mt. McKinley in the background, Fire Island, Point Possession, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, the community of Hope, and clouds below our feet. It was a fantastic 360 degree view. The return trip took about 3 hours to get back to the campground. It was one tough hike but well worth the effort.

  5. The following was submitted anonymously:

    Great review of this trail. It’s difficult but well worth the effort. I did this trail 07/23/06. There was rumor that they had switch-backed it but so far that hasn’t happened. The trail is in good condition and the wildflowers are incredible. We saw 2 black bears at the top. Remember to bring a warm layer. The wind was screaming at the point.

Have you done this hike? Please share your experience below: