Alaska Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Turnagain Pass Viewing Area
Forest: Chugach National Forest
District: Glacier Ranger District
Description: The Turnagain Pass area features a rich mixture of plant communities in road accessible subalpine setting. The Seward Highway crosses Turnagain Pass and large, frequently used, parking areas are located on each side of the highway. Trails radiate out from these parking areas into the surrounding herb-rich meadows. These meadows are graced with numerous species of beautiful wildflowers including tall fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), northern geranium (Geranium erianthum), Nootka lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis), and Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis).
Safety First: Brown bears (grizzlies) occur in the area.
Directions: From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south to the Turnagain Pass parking areas at milepost 68.
Ownership and Management: Lands in the area are managed by the Chugach National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.
Closest Town: Turnagain Pass is about 60 miles from Anchorage and 70 miles from Seward, Alaska.
For More Information:
For Current Weather Conditions:
- Alaska's Road Weather Information System > Seward Highway at Turnagain Pass
- Webcam (may not always be available)
- National Weather Service: Alaska - Pacific River Forecast Center: Alaska Snow and Weather Data: Turnagain Pass Snotel