It's not surprising that Girdwood shares much of its historical beginnings with most of the small towns featured here. First operated as a gold mining town and supply camp, Girdwood was originally know as Glacier City. Girdwood, the current town's namesake, is named after James Girdwood, an Irish immigrant who had four gold claims on Crow Creek.
Girdwood is situated 36 miles south of Anchorage and 65 miles from our home base in Cooper Landing. If you're headed to the Kenai Peninsula, Girdwood is a must-see destination. Known as "Alaska's only year-round resort," Alyeska Resort is the signature highlight in town. Voted consistently in the top 10 nationally and internationally among ski resorts and ski towns.
Winter in Girdwood lends itself to excellent conditions for downhill skiing and snowboarding, dog mushing, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and heli-skiing. The summer months are excellent for sightseeing, glacier-viewing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, hiking, scenic flights, glacier dog sledding, fishing and rafting.
Girdwood sits just minutes from a quick turn off the Seward Highway. Whether you're just stopping by for your last chance at fuel, or to ride the Tram to the top of Alyeska, make Girdwood, Alaska part of your journey to visit us at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC!
...has some unique history as it was named for "the very next visitor to step off" a boat shuttling newcomers to the area. That person was Percy Hope. There couldn't have been a more fitting name for the small prospecting town than Hope, as finding gold and prosperity was the hope of early settlers.
Hope is situated perfectly away from the usual hustle and bustle of the highway system leading from Anchorage to the greater Kenai Peninsula. You'll know you've found Hope when you reach the dead end of the Hope Highway off of the Hope Highway/Seward Highway junction.
If you're driving from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, this charming little town is worth a stop. The Hope Highway winds through scenic, rural Alaska with rivers, forest, cascading mountains and the ocean all lining the roadway. On a clear day, you may be able to spot Hope long before you reach it--across the waters of Turnagain Arm from the Seward Highway before you reach Girdwood.
While not reaching the epic numbers of the Kenai and rivers further south, the creeks and rivers in and around Hope do offer some salmon and trout fishing. However, as there still are many active gold prospecting claims in the area, one does need to be aware of and obey private property laws/signs.