Birchwood is a community located in the Municipality of Anchorage in Alaska, United States. It is situated in the northeastern part of Anchorage, approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown Anchorage. Birchwood is a residential area with a mix of suburban and rural neighborhoods, and it is known for its proximity to Chugach State Park, which offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, skiing, and camping. The Birchwood Airport, which is a small private airport, is also located in the area. Overall, Birchwood is a peaceful and scenic community that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


population 534, mile 136.3 on The Alaska RR., 19 mi. NE of Anchorage, Cook Inlet Low.


Name of a suburb of Anchorage reported in 1939 by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Real Estate

Crime and Safety

Based on violent and property crime rates.
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Based on ethnic and economic diversity.

Places Near Birchwood

Areas: Ch-atan Kaq-, Chuqilin Kaq-,

BaysGoose Bay

Capes: K-qiydulghakt,

Cities: Eagle River, Wasilla,

Streams: Snowhawk Creek,

Dams: Lower Eklutna Dam, Memory Lake Estates Dam Number 1, Ship Creek Dam,

Flats: Duck Flats, Eklutna Flats,

Lakes: Anderson Lake, Baptist PondBeach Lake, Beverly Lake, Black Lake, Blodgett Lake, Bruce Lake, Bruns Lake, Cloudy Lake, Lake Clunie, Cochise Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Diablo Pond, Dinkel Lake, Dishno Pond, Duck Lake, Edmonds Lake, Emerald Lake, Finger Lake, Fuller Lake, Golden Lake, Gwenn Lake, Herning Lake, Jacobsen Lake, Kalmbach Lake, Kings Lake, Lake Kiowa, Lilly Lake, Loberg Lake, Lower Fire Lake, Lucile Lake, Lucy Lake, Meadow Lakes, Merri Belle Lake, Minor Lake, Mirror Lake, Mud Lake, Mud Lake, Mud Lake, Nik-udatl-ech-a Bena, Psalm Lake, Railroad Lake, Rainbow Lake, Reedy Lake, Reflections Lake, Scott Lake, Ship Creek Reservoir, Upper Fire Lake, Visnaw Lake, Waldon Lake, Wallace Lake, Wasilla Lake, Weinie Lake,

Locales: 2 Bowls, 3 Bowls, Austrian Bowl, Binge Bowl, Cotton Grass, Death Bowls, Dog Bowl, French Bowl, German Bowl, Hugh's Bowl, Italian Bowl, Koch, Leighow Moon, Lynx, Nike Chutes, North Bowl, Ship Creek Bowl, Solstice Gully, Swiss Bowl,

Mountains: Mount Eklutna, Mount Gordon Lyon, Harp Mountain, Highland Mountain, Hurdygurdy Mountain, Little Teton Mountain, Mount Magnificent, Rendezvous Peak,

Parks: Beach Lake Park, Edmonds Lake Park, Finger Lake State Recreation Site, Loretta French Park, Mirror Lake State Wayside Park, Peters Creek Community Park,

Mountain Passes: Cottonwood Slough, Palmer Slough,

Peaks: Bear Mountain, The Nipple, Mount William Barrett,

Rivers: Eklutna River, Knik River, Matanuska River, South Fork Eagle River,

Streams: Carol Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Crocker Creek, Falling Water Creek, Fire Creek, Fossil Creek, Htidaghituntnu, Little Peters Creek, Meadow Creek, Mink Creek, Parks Creek, Peters Creek, Spring Creek, Thunder Bird Creek, Wasilla Creek,

Routes: Albert Loop Trail, Bear Point Trail, Blacktail Ptarmigan Rocks Trail, Connector 1 Trail, Connector 2 Trail, Dew Mound Trail, Eagle River Green Belt Trail, Eagle River North Fork Access Trail, Four Corners Loop Trail, Hanging Valley Trail, Lake Spur HV Trail, Meadow Creek Trail, Mile High Ridge Trail, Mile High Saddle Trail, Mount Eklutna Trail, Mountain Meadow Trail, Mt Baldy Trail, Muktuk Marston Memorial Trail, Peters Valley Trail, Ptarmigan Valley Trail, Rapids Camp Loop Trail, River Loop Trail, Rodak Nature Loop Trail, Rondevous Peak Spur Trail, Rondevous Peak Trail, Rondevous Ridge Trail, South Fork ER Trail, Thunderbird Falls Trail,

Valleys: Hanging Valley,

Cities: Birchwood, Chugiak, Cottonwood, Eklutna, Peters Creek,

Waterfalls: Barbara Falls, Thunder Bird Falls,

Public Transportation

People Mover

People Mover is a division of the Municipality of Anchorage's Public Transportation Department (PTD) and is the largest public transit provider in the State of Alaska. Our buses hit the road on July 1, 1974 with 39,505 passengers hitching a ride during the first month. In 2008, People Mover set a ridership record of 4,220,667 trips that year. Today, each weekday, about 12,000 passengers enjoy a ride, boarding at one of our many bus stops in the greater Anchorage and Eagle River areas. The People Mover fleet includes modern, accessible, comfortable buses that travel 2.1 million miles annually - that's almost 85 trips around the world.


AnchorRIDES is a shared ride service providing accessible transportation throughout the Anchorage Bowl in compliance with various local, state, and federal guidelines: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Complementary paratransit service for people whose disabilities prevent them from using People Mover. Senior Citizen Transportation - Grant funded service for individuals age 60 and over for health care and pharmacy trip purposes and locations. HCB Medicaid Waiver - Transportation service for persons eligible for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver through the State of Alaska, Senior and Disabilities Services.


RideShare provides carpool group subsidies and oversight of COMMUTE with Enterprise, hired to manage and operate carpooling services for the Anchorage commute area. A carpool is a group of five or more riders who work and travel at agreed upon times, days and locations. Carpool members receive a variety of benefits in one low, monthly rate plus fuel costs.