Q: What else makes Cordova unique?
The Copper River Delta is amazing—it’s the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific coast of North America. There’s 150 miles of braided wild river wetlands that teem with wildlife: bears, wolves, lynx, coyote, moose, deer, trumpeter swans, and eagles. And then you have an annual migration of 23 million shorebirds! Cordova’s also a springboard for remote lodges further east near the Tsiu River, with Orca Adventure Lodge and Alaska Wilderness Outfitters that are based out of Cordova, not to mention Points North Heli-Adventures that serves up Chugach powder to its clients.
Q: What’s your favorite place in town?
Mt. Eyak ski hill! It’s always in the sun, it’s right in town, it’s a great workout and the views are off the hook! The town of Cordova rest at the base of Mt. Eyak. From town, you can hike the Eyak Mountain Trail from 5th street or start at the ski hill (parking lot) which is always in the sun any time of year. These two trails converge at about 600’ elevation and both trails lead to ski hill top station and the ridge. From there you can head to the peak or connect up to the Crater Lake trail via the O’Leary Cutoff trail.
For those who want a long day hike or an overnight, the Alice Smith Intertie trail that extends along the ridge for about 12 miles and heads back to Power Creek. For the distance, the Alice Smith Intertie trail has to be one of the most breathtaking hikes in the world. It’s a 360-degree panoramic view of how this place comes together with the Prince William Sound, Copper River Delta and Chugach mountains.