Thursday Trek ~ The Glenn Highway
The 135-mile long Glenn Highway is one of the Scenic Byways of Alaska. Following a path cut by ancient glaciers, it takes you from the hustle and bustle of Anchorage north into the heart of Alaska. The Chugach Mountains will guide you out of Anchorage and will stay with you for this entire byway. Don’t be drawn to them too quickly and miss your first stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center only four miles up the highway. This is a must stop for me to gather an understanding of the native culture that is Alaska. Check for their hours before planning.
Are you tired yet? You could spend a night or two at Sheep Mountain Lodge at mile marker 113.5. This great place for you to lay your head and then after a hearty meal, they will send you on your way with more ideas for hiking, fishing, white water rafting or stay a night or two and just enjoy the views from their decks and gardens. They also have limited spots for RV’s and camping.
The Scenic Byway designation for the Glenn Highway ends beyond Eureka Summit. Just past Glennallen, you will come to the intersection where the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway share space for a bit and where you’ll have to decide which way to venture first. South to Wrangell-St Elias National Park (Americas largest National Park) and the Port of Valdez or north to Tok and the Alaska Highway. I suggest both!
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