Easily Accessible Viewpoints and Overlooks in Chugach State Park
The Upper Huffman parking lot has trail access, picnic tables and latrines, as well as some remarkable views of the Alaska Range on clear days.
Directions: Head east on O’Malley Rd past Lake Otis to Upper O’Malley, turn right on Hillside Dr., left on Upper Huffman, left on Sultana Dr., parking area and paved trailhead parking ahead.
Driving south on the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm there are numerous pullouts on the west side/waterside of the highway. Some of the pullouts have interpretive displays to read and there are some great wildlife viewing photo opportunities as well.
Directions: Driving from the north to the south on the Seward Highway: Mile 113, Mile 110.5-Beluga Point scenic viewpoint and there are 4 pullouts after Bird Point between Mile 96 and the Girdwood Turnoff at Mile 89.9.
The McHugh Creek middle parking lot has parking spots that overlook the Turnagain Arm from a bit of a higher vantage point, there is also a paved walkway with railing and seating that overlooks McHugh Creek as it empties into Cook Inlet. Within the area there are picnic tables, charcoal BBQ’s, latrines and trail access.
Directions: Driving south on the Seward Highway, it is located at Mile 111.7 on the east side/mountain side.
Bird Point is a convenient spot to rest off the Seward Highway, it has good views of the water and shoreline, a large paved lot, latrines, paved walkway with railing and seating and is the main trailhead for the Bird to Gird Bike Path.
Directions: Driving south on the Seward Highway, it is located at Mile 96.5 on the west side/waterside.
Glen Alps overlook is a short ¼ mile walk from the Glen Alps parking lot. It provides stunning views of the Alaska Range and downtown Anchorage. A compass rose points your view in the direction of many nearby peaks.
Directions: Head east on O’Malley Rd past Lake Otis to Upper O’Malley, turn right on Hillside Dr., left on Upper Huffman, right on Toilsome Rd. Follow road to top, left into Glen Alps parking lot.