The 4-Day Weekend
Plan to take the fast ferry Chenega from Whittier to Cordova. Bring your camera, your binoculars, your hiking boots, rain gear and sunglasses. Dress in layers to prepare for both sun and rain. As soon as you board the ferry your adventure has begun with a cruise across picturesque Prince William Sound.
Upon arriving to Cordova you may want to check in to your lodging, grab a quick bite to eat and take in the view of Cordova from the water by way of the Breakwater Boardwalk in the bustling Cordova Harbor; you’re likely to see eagles, ravens, sea otters and fishing boats getting ready for the next fishing opener.
With the long sunlit days you can get a nice hike up to Mid-Way on Ski Hill in the early morning before breakfast and afterwards visit the shops on First Street and around town. Remember to send a few postcards to friends and family back in the city! You can pick up a couple at the Cordova Museum and be sure to visit the Native Village of Eyak’s Ilanka Cultural Center with its first-rate museum and gift shop.
Before you head out on a longer hike such as Heney Ridge Trail at the end of Whitshed Road be sure to pack a lunch, a water bottle and of course your camera. You’ll experience one breathtaking vista after another.
With all the hiking you’ve done and spectacular views you’ve seen an evening on the patio at the Reluctant Fisherman is likely in order! If you’ve brought your bike with you, you still have time to take a leisurely bike ride out to Fleming Spit or “Hippie Cove” as it’s called by the locals to watch a late sunset, salmon jumping, more eagles, ravens, otters, seals and maybe even a coyote!
On your last full day in Cordova plan to head “Out the Road”. Pack a lunch and snacks and plenty of water. Your first stop along the Copper River Highway, a designated Alaska Scenic Byway, could be the USFS viewing station at 9 mile. It’s a great introduction to the Copper River Delta situated across from a wide-open pond with resident beavers and swans and even a muskrat or two.
From here you can head farther out the road to mile 14 and to Sheridan Glacier for a picnic breakfast. There are a handful of picnic tables, the trailhead for Sheridan Mountain Trail and the easement trail across The Eyak Corporation lands to Sheridan Glacier. A short 15-minute walk and you’ll find yourself on a glacial moraine.
After your visit with Sheridan your next stop on the Delta should be Alaganik Slough at 17 mile. Your commitment to the dusty gravel road can be rewarded by an afternoon in this favorite spot. You might see moose grazing on the green growth that covers the area, minks fishing in their favorite spots along the slough and wetlands covered in wild flowers in the spring. Take a leisurely walk along the boardwalk with interpretive signs that ends at a magnificent vista.
To wrap up your day you can drive the remaining 20 miles of highway to the end of the road at mile 36.5 where the mighty Copper River has reclaimed the area where a bridge once allowed passage further on to the Million Dollar Bridge. The views are well worth the drive there and back with plenty of places to pull off the road to take a picture, take in the view and breathe the fresh air.
You get to conclude your visit to Cordova with another cruise across Prince William Sound, to see more Orca whales, more seals, more salmon jumping and more fishing families out on the water making a living.
You’ve got a few ideas now on how to fill up two great days in Cordova planning for 2 ferry travel days. Give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions. We believe you’ll love Cordova, Alaska’s Hidden Treasure.