There are parts of the Chugach Mountains that could be a national park. I have hiked to Glacier National Park and have noticed comparisons to the Chugach mountains. The vast mountains, valley and the snowy peaks are all here in your backyard. Just a short drive from Anchorage, Bear Valley is the gateway to these great vista views. Look down into the valley, towards Rabbit Lake with Suicide Peaks in the background. There are hidden hiking trails that follow the ridge-line up to get a grand view of these peaks. These trails are less traveled, no fee stations, just waiting for you to explore.