About Porcupine Trailhead
Porcupine Campground is located in the Chugach National Forest in south-central Alaska near the town of Hope. Visitors have a prime location to watch windsurfers in the bay and spot Beluga whales from the scenic overlook. Natural Features: The remote campground, surrounded by a mostly birch forest, sits beside Porcupine Creek on the south coast of Turnagain Arm. Turnagain Arm is a branch of the Cook Inlet, the waterway that divides the Kenai Peninsula from the mainland of Alaska. Recreation: Popular activities include fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting and gold panning. Gull Rock Trail offers excellent hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It extends for 5.1 miles along the south shore of Turnagain Arm from the end of the Hope Highway to a rocky peninsula. Snow usually melts in the area by early May and the scenic trail leads visitors over gradual hills with occasional steep sections. Facilities: Porcupine boasts an impressive scenic overlook of Turnagain Arm. Firewood is sold on-site and the campground provides an accessible vault toilet, drinking water from a hand well, fire rings, a dumpster and picnic tables. Nearby Attractions: The town of Hope is considered the best preserved gold rush town in the region. Campers can head to town to explore the quaint historic streets and try their hand at gold panning. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Fishing Hiking Water Sports: Whitewater Rafting Wildlife Viewing
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Porcupine Trailhead is located in Alaska
From Anchorage, go about 70 miles south on Seward Highway to the Hope cutoff. Bear right at Y junction and continue 17.8 miles to the town of Hope. The campground is at the end of the road.
10 Reviews of Porcupine Trailhead
If you are looking to get away from the city but are okay with close campsites this is the place for you. Has bathrooms and trash. Fire pits and picnic tables
This campground is at the very end of the Hope road. It's often very busy on summer weekends when live bands play at the Seaview, but if you plan ahead enough you can often snag one of the reserved sites online. Strong recommend to end your day at the Seaview if there's music: live bands outdoors, great beer and food, friendliest folks around, all overlooking the Arm!
Standard Chugach National Forest campsite amenities apply: semi-secluded sites, fire pits, picnic tables. The view from some of the sites out over Turnagain Arm is amazing!
Porcupine was our third campground of our trip and it was a good one. We wish we had gotten a better site, but there is plenty of hiking around to see the water and mountains. Oddly, being so close to the water in the summer in Alaska, we expected a deluge of mosquitoes, but actually found none! We used Porcupine as a base camp for hiking Portage Pass and checking out Whittier. If you're anticipating on going to Whittier, be mindful of the tunnel; it's the one way in/out of Whittier and has a toll. No major complaints about the campground, there was plenty of sticks laying around to fuel our BioLite Campstove 2. On our second day, the water pump that was closest to us, broke, didn't seem to have been fixed for the duration of our stay there.
The campground was quite and camp sites were spread out. We enjoyed hiking and biking around town.
Small campground, limited spots. Best to call ahead and reserve dates. Gorgeous views of Turnagain Arm and sunrise/sunset. Down the road from a fabulous coffee shop.
Wonderful campsite experience. Clean bathrooms and available water. We felt safe in the area and were able to check out the beautiful views. Close to hikes!
Great views, great spots, perfect for Gull Rock Hike!
I've stayed in Hope many times. The campground is a bit out of town but is convenient for hiking to Gull Rock. Water stations are located in a couple places throughout the campground. Bathrooms have always been clean. On the weekends there is usually a band of some sort playing at the Seaview cafe. It can get busy but the people are the friendliest.
This campsite fills up fast! We happened to get the last available tent campsite right on the water and it was GORGEOUS! This is the more peaceful campground in Hope (there's another one in town that seems more fun but more noisy too). They have large picnic tables, one spot seemed handicap accessible even. There was a nice fire pit that helped for us novice fire makers. The camp hosts were super helpful and informative. There are two great hikes nearby within driving or walking distance. A perfect weekend getaway from Anchorage! You'll adore this beautiful spot.
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Love the location and the great new rodes thew the camp. Beautiful views of the inlet and lots of things to see and do!