Tucked just 1 1/2 hours away from Anchorage, this hidden gem offers world class dining, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and so much more.

hope, alaska is one of alaska's smallest towns on the state highway.


The historic town of Hope, Alaska is a Mecca for bikers, hikers and photographers. Located centrally on the Kenai Peninsula between Anchorage and Seward as well as Anchorage and Kenai/Soldotna, this historic mining town will transport you from the busy world you know to a retreat that is so nearly off-grid, you'll believe you are visiting a land in your dreams.

When in Hope, stop by our historical mining museum and learn about the rich history of this community. Visit www.HopeAndSunriseHistoricalSociety.org for a wealth of information.


The first gold rush in Alaska happened here - before the Klondike Stampede or the gold rush on the beaches of Nome - the first gold rush in Alaska happened here in Hope.


Hope enjoyed its heyday long before Anchorage was founded. When the discovery of gold in Six Mile Creek in 1895 reached Seattle, it set off one of Alaska's first gold rushes. Within a year, more than 3,000 stampeders were headed for this slice of the Kenai Peninsula. Miners arrived in the area by boat, many rowing themselves up Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm in dories.


A few of these men decided to name their little town after the next person off the boat. The next person was a 17-year old prospector named Percy Hope. The community was soon a thriving commercial center with stores, hotels, social halls, community councils, post offices and saloons. Hope's heyday was short-lived. By 1898, news of the famous Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon had spread, and most miners in Hope packed up for the Klondike. Many of the original buildings are still in use in Hope, including the Social Hall which was built in 1902, and the original schoolhouse which is now the library.


Hope, Alaska hasn't changed much since the gold rush ended. Today, Hope is a quiet, historic trip back through time. Hope is what visitors to Alaska envision about Alaska - wooded surroundings, log cabins, an old general store and friendly people. The population is anywhere between 150 and 250, depending on who you ask. The school district is a K-12, and it has about 15 children.

our hiking trails

Hope is a mecca for fat biking and back country skiers. And our trails are second-to-none in the state of Alaska. From short one-hour jaunts to multi-day explorations, Hope boasts renowned trails such as Palmer Creek, Resurrection Pass, Gull Rock, and Hope Point. When you visit, be sure to pack bear spray and a camera.





There are a couple of things you simply cannot forget when hitting the trails in Hope:

1) Your camera,

2) Your adventurous spirit, and

3) Your bear spray.

BE BEAR (& moose) AWARE

Hope is home not only to some of the finest people in Alaska, but some of our residents mosey around on four legs. Here is some helpful information that will keep you safe while enjoying some of the greatest displays of wildlife in the world.

Do you know what to do if you site a bear? Know your bear facts, and download the Alaska Bear Facts brochure by CLICKING HERE.

You can also learn more by visiting www.AlaskaBears.alaska.gov

And CLICK HERE to download a great resource to educate your kids on bear awareness and safety.


Hope sits tucked in the Upper Kenai Peninsula, an area world-renowned for its epic fishing. Check out the fishing report by visiting http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInforuntiming.main to see when the best fishing in the area is.