Things to See and Do in Hope, Alaska


Coeur D’Alene Campground – small campground with six walk-in tent sites.  This site is not recommended for large RV’s or trailers.

Porcupine Campground – Located near the Gull Rock Trail and Hope Point Trail.  Spectacular view of Turnagain Arm.

Seaview Campground – Located outside the Seaview Cafe.

Live Music

During the Summer, you’ll find almost everyone in Hope downtown enjoying live music at the SeaView Cafe and Tito’s Discovery Cafe.

Gold Panning

Hope began as a mining town in 1897. Try gold panning at Gold Rush Peck for your own mining experience!


Hope is located right past Six Mile Creek – a popular destination with class IV and class V rapids! These skilled guides can lead you through them:

Nova River Runners

Chugach Outdoor Center


There are plenty of trails as well as road riding opportunities in and around Hope! We even have fat tire bike rentals available at Turnagain Kayak & Coffeehouse. Some of our favorites include:

Resurrection Pass, Historic Hope tour


Learn about the rich history of Hope, Alaska at the Hope Historical Society and Hope Museum!

Winter Activities

The fun in Hope doesn’t end with summer! During the winter you can try hiking, skiing, winter biking, northern lights viewing, snow machining,  and wildlife viewing.


Hope has an abundance of beautiful views that are accessible from hiking trails around town!

Resurrection Pass Distance: 39 miles, Terrain: Rolling forest floor, gentle switchbacks to assist in the climb from 500 to 2,600 feet)

Gull Rock trail Distance: 5.7 miles, Terrain: Flat, forested, numerous boardwalks, last miles include short steep sections.

Hope Point Trail Distance: 1.8 miles, Terrain: scenic trail that climbs from creek to above tree line.  Easy grade for 1.4 miles and then trail is steep and strenuous.

Palmer Creek Distance: 1.5 miles to lakes, optional ridge and peak access beyond

Kayaking/ SUP/ Packrafting:

Turnagain Kayak – paddle sport professionals provide individual & group classes and educational tours.

Walking Tour

Hope is not very large, and many visitors like to see the town by walking!


Here are the places to shop for souvenirs, locally-made art, groceries, and fishing equipment around Hope:

Sourdough Dru’s, Library gift shop, Sherritt Fine Arts Gallery & Gifts, HHH of Hope (prospecting & fishing equipment), Alaska Dacha Store, Turnagain Kayak & Coffeehouse

Wagon Trail Weekend

The Wagon Trail Weekend is one of Hopes biggest events, complete with a 5K run and a cakewalk and dance held at the historic hall. It is held on the third Sunday in July – July 14 & 15, 2018.

Other Nearby Adventures:

Glacier Jetski & Adventures, Portage Glacier Cruises, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Seward Sea Life Center, Johnson Pass, Turnagain Pass, Alyeska Resort