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Glen Alps trailhead getting user-friendly gadgets

Alaska Dispatch

Some hikers may have already noticed it, but according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, there's a new visitor-friendly gadget at the Chugach State Park's Glen Alps trailhead: an electronic fee payment station, where park users can pay up to seven consecutive days of use fees using a credit or debit card. The station, similar to those used for parking fees in downtown Anchorage, is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot. If the station proves practical and cost-effective, it will receive year-round maintenance, says the release. Park officials are also getting ready to launch two new Glen Alps webcams that will help potential users decide whether to head up Toilsome Drive to the popular trailhead or to visit a nearby alternative like Upper Huffman or Prospect Heights. One webcam will face the Glen Alps parking lot, and the other will face eastward up the South Fork Campbell Creek valley. The webcams are still in final preparations, and not quite ready to go live yet, but the release urges people to keep watch at DNR's Alaska State Parks website.