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The Hillside East neighborhood was literally carved out of the Alaskan wilderness during the 1970s. To the north is the 4000-acre Far North Bicentennial Park, with trails that act as cross country ski-runs in winter and backpacker havens in the warmer months. Spencer Loop is one of most popular trails. At four and one-half miles long, it leads across fast-flowing streams and along the ridgeline for panoramic views of the Alaskan skyline. The top third of Hillside East is actually part of this wilderness area. The eastern border is framed by Alaska’s Chugach State Park, an even larger wilderness zone. Hillside East is less than one mile from the Campbell Airstrip, suitable for small aircraft.
Most of the homes in Hillside East are single-family structures, many with expansive windows offering views of the Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet and downtown Anchorage, about ten miles northwest. Architectural styles vary from more traditional one- and two-story homes to those featuring oddly sculptured, boldly colored roofs or New Age geometric designs. Many have hot tubs, expansive decks, and mother-in-law apartments, either in the main house or adjacent to it. Homes are found at the end of long driveways and are surrounded by so many trees that sometimes it’s hard to tell if there are any neighbors at all. Streets follow the curve of the hilly landscape and most are gravel. There is no public transportation this far away from downtown.
O’Malley Elementary is the closest school, just west of Hillside Drive. Robert Service High School, named for the famous Alaskan poet and historian, is approximately one mile northwest. The Holy Spirit Center and Prince of Peace Mennonite Church are off Hillside Drive. The locally-owned Alaska Mart is in the neighborhood and a strip mall is located on Abbott Road, two miles away.