Hope Alaska, Hope City, Hope, Alaska

A Quick Guide To Hope, Alaska

Updated January 2024, A Quick Guide To Hope, Alaska was originally published in July 2020

Just an hour and a half drive south of Anchorage, Hope is the perfect getaway from the city located right across Cook Inlet. Established in 1896, Hope City had its heyday during the Alaskan gold rush as a mining town.

Not much has happened in Hope over the years, however, the town was deeply affected by the 1964 Earthquake like much the rest of Southcentral Alaska. Hope still has a small-town feel to it, though the population swells to many times its normal 190 on summer weekends during a good run.

Obviously, the gold rush is (mostly) behind us these days, so the main attraction for weekenders coming to Hope is for the fishing at the mouth of Resurrection Creek.

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Things To Do In Hope, Alaska

Go Fishing

Head down to Resurrection Creek when the pinks are running and get to fishing. You won’t miss the crowd down there in boots in waders. You will need an Alaska fishing license before casting out, so grab yours here.

Hike Resurrection Pass

Hope sits at the northern end of the Resurrection Pass Trail with the trail connecting to nearby Cooper Landing. Resurrection Pass Trail is one of the most popular multi-day hikes in Alaska.

Go Whitewater Rafting

With Class IV and V rapids, nearby Six Mile Creek is one of the most popular places to go whitewater rafting in Alaska.

Watch Some Live Music At The Seaview Cafe

In the summer on Friday and Saturday nights, you can grab a drink and watch a band play at the Seaview Cafe right in the middle of Hope.

Visit Hope-Sunrise Historical & Mining Museum

This small museum only open in the summer pays tribute to the history of Hope with several artifacts and exhibits. Entrance is by donation.

Where to next? Check out my guides to SewardHomer, and Girdwood

Hope Alaska, Hope City, Hope, Alaska

Where To Sleep In Hope

I’ve usually stayed at the Porcupine Campground in Hope, however, there are a few places to rent around Hope.

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