If you're looking for a nice side trip on your way down the Seward Highway, Hope is a friendly little place with a lot to offer. Whether your passion is outdoor activities, fishing, or photography, Hope is a great destination for an overnight in your ABC Motorhome.
In 1889, a group of gold miners searched for a name to call their fast growing community of prospectors. It was agreed that the town would be named for the next soul to step off one of the boats bringing newcomers to the area, when along came young Percy Hope. Hope is a picturesque community that was a frenzy of gold rush activity in the late 1890s, but the gold rush was short-lived. By 1899, many of the miners were headed to the Klondike. Today, the town is a quiet, friendly oasis, popular with hikers, campers, bicyclists, fishermen, bird watchers and recreational gold miners. Hope's historic district includes the 1896 store, which now houses the Seaview Cafe and the 1902 log Social Hall, where the residents still gather for community events.
Hope is located 87 miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. To get there, take the Hope Junction turn-off at mile 56.4. The Hope Highway is 17.6 miles long with scenic turn-outs available along the way.
The Milepost magazine lists some great attractions in Hope:
• The Hope-Sunrise Museum has an extensive collection of gold mining equipment displayed both indoors and outside on the museum grounds.
• Nearby Porcupine USFS Campground is the trailhead for Gull Rock Trail, a 5-mile hike out to a rocky viewpoint overlooking Turnagain Arm.
• Driftboat fishing and hike-in fishing with Angle 45 Adventures
• Run Class IV and V whitewater on Six-Mile Creek with Nova River Runners.
• The Kenai Peninsula's premier hiking trail, the 38-mile-long Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, begins a few miles from Hope.
• Palmer Creek Road provides access to Coeur d'Alene USFS Campground and alpine country popular with mountain bikers.
• Porcupine USFS Campground is set in lush vegetation with a few sites overlooking Turnagain Arm.
• Trailhead parking for the 5.7-mile Gull Rock Trail on Porcupine campground loop road. Rated easy, this is a relatively flat trail through lush vegetation that ends at Gull Rock overlooking Turnagain Arm. Allow 2- to 3-hours to hike one way. Trail has lots of tree roots and some muddy spots.
Hope can be a great addition to any road trip down the Seward Highway. ABC Motorhome can help get you in to the heart of the fun. Make your reservations today!