South Fork Eagle River Trail

South Fork Eagle River Trailhead

South Fork Eagle River Trailhead

Even though we had a pretty gloomy 4th of July holiday weekend last week, It was still decent enough to venture out into the wilderness for a nice long hike.

The South Fork Trail in Eagle River is a fairly easy, and relatively level, trail that winds through some very beautiful alpine and mountain scenery. Wildflowers were everywhere the eye could see, and the teal color and gently flowing waters of the south fork of Eagle River was so lovely.

There were many other hikers on the trail that day, so I wasn’t really worried about running into a bear – although I did find myself scanning the area frequently, so as not to have any surprise encounters. I did see quite a few moose though, including a mamma moose with a calf. The photo I took of them, seen below, was taken from a long distance away. You’ll find yourself in big trouble if you get between a mamma moose and her calf, so I always treat them with respect and give them a wide berth, when at all possible.

Sorry some of the photos are a little dark, but as I mentioned, it was a pretty gloomy day. As is typical on many of my hikes though, the sun started to emerge just as I was returning to the trailhead. (Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

~Enjoy~
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Wolverine Peak Trail Revisited

Wolverine Peak Trail

Wolverine Peak Trail

As some of you may recall, the last time I hiked Wolverine Peak Trail, the hike ended up becoming a Walk in the Clouds. I vowed then that I would return and hike the trail again in hopefully much better weather.

This past Saturday when I awoke, there was brilliant sunshine streaming through my window. I took a peek out the window and discovered that the sky was blue and there were only a few clouds floating above. I could tell that it was going to be an absolutely beautiful day, and I decided that this was the day to revisit Wolverine Peak Trail.

Despite the record snowfall from this past Winter, the trail was surprisingly clear and dry. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t see any wildlife along the way that I could snap a picture of, but the scenery was breathtaking and I ended up with a lot of landscape and wildflower photos.

Here are just a few of the many photos that I took during the four hour hike.

~Enjoy~



Bluebells

Bluebells

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Sun-kissed Moss

Sun-kissed Moss

Plant trailing along the rocky ground

Plant trailing along the rocky ground

Anchorage

Anchorage

Coastal Trail Hike

Chugach Mountain Range as seen from the Coastal Trail

Chugach Mountain Range as seen from the Coastal Trail

Wow! It has been such a busy week, that I haven’t even had a chance to post photos from the hike we took over the Memorial Day weekend. But I guess, as the saying goes, “better late than never”. :)

There’s still quite a bit of snow up in the high country, which is understandable after the record-breaking snowfall we received this past Winter, so we decided to take our first hike of the season along the scenic coastal trail in Anchorage.

It had rained for the first two days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but Monday morning we woke to brilliant blue skies and bright sun streaming through our windows. It was definitely a great day for a hike.

Below are just a few of the photos that I took during our 5-mile coastal trail hike.

~Enjoy~




Pretty little creek

Pretty little creek

Boat anchored near the port

Boat anchored near the port

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail

Mount Susitna (a.k.a Sleeping Lady)

Mount Susitna (a.k.a Sleeping Lady)

Downtown Anchorage as seen from the Coastal Trail

Downtown Anchorage as seen from the Coastal Trail

Duck near the mudflats

Duck near the mudflats

Ferns

Ferns

Ferns and water

Ferns and water

Cute little bridge

Cute little bridge

A Walk in the Clouds

A walk in the clouds

Earlier this summer, I went hiking on the Wolverine Peak trail in the Chugach Mountains. The hike is 11 miles, round trip, and it is pretty strenuous. Not one that I would recommend for the beginning hiker.

I didn’t quite make it all the way to the top of the peak that day, due to the low cloud cover and chilly temperatures, but I’m hoping to try again here soon – before the snow arrives.

Here are a few of the photos that I took on the hike. Even with the cloud cover, the scenery was still breathtaking.

It truly was like taking a walk in the clouds.

~Enjoy~




more clouds

still pretty... even with the cloud cover

clouds begin to block out the scenery

I’m Back!!!

Wow… what a break that was. I know, you all probably thought I fell off the face of the earth or something. I’m so sorry I’ve been away so long, but I’m back now and I’m ready to post some more tasty recipes, and pictures of this place I call home – Alaska.

I went hiking at Crow Pass in Girdwood, Alaska last weekend, and I thought I would share some of the pictures I took along the way with you. Enjoy!

It’s so great to be back!! Thank you so much to all my readers for hanging in there and continuing to visit my blog!!

I can’t wait to share more photos & recipes with you!! :)

North Face Hiking Trail at Alyeska

North Face Trail

Over the Labor Day weekend, we decided to go hiking on the new North Face trail at the Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood. The Anchorage Daily News wrote a wonderful article about the North Face trail, which you can read here. Immediately upon finishing the article, I just knew I had to try this trail.

The 2.2 mile, steep & muddy trail up the face of Mount Alyeska was pretty strenuous, but the view was most definitely worth the effort. Besides the fantastic view, when you reach the top of the trail you’ll find the Glacier Express restaurant, where you can get a bite to eat before deciding if you want to hike or take the tram back down to the base of the mountain. Our lunch at the Glacier Express was absolutely wonderful, consisting of several pieces of delicious battered halibut and a cup of salmon chowder.

The tram seemed like a fun way to get back down the mountain, so we climbed aboard – along with several other hikers and tourists – and started our descent. As we glided down the mountain, a few of the passengers pointed out a bear that was walking close to the hiking trail below. I sure hope the bear wasn’t around while we were hiking up. :)

Here are a few photos from our hike.

~Enjoy~




Cute bench near the trailhead.

Cute bench near the trailhead.

Up we go...

Up we go...

Stream near the trail

Stream near the trail

View of Alyeska Hotel from the trail

View of Alyeska Hotel from the trail

A tram goes overhead

A tram goes overhead

Glaciers

Glaciers

Tram heading down the mountain

Tram heading down the mountain

Ski lift and the inlet below

Ski lift and the inlet below

We made it!!

We made it!!

Alyeska Hotel from the tram terminal at the top of the trail

Alyeska Hotel from the tram terminal at the top of the trail

Tram terminal

Tram terminal

What a view!

What a view!

Alyeska tram

Alyeska tram

An hour to get to the top, and only minutes to get to the bottom :)

An hour to get to the top, and only minutes to get to the bottom :)




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Hiking the Williwaw Lakes Trail

A couple weeks ago, I went hiking on the Williwaw Lakes trail here in Anchorage. It was a beautiful, sunny day – with temperatures in the mid to high 70’s. It was so warm in fact, that it didn’t take long to build up a sweat, and I sure was glad that I took plenty of water with me. It must have been too warm for the wildlife too, because they were nowhere in sight.

We didn’t hike far enough to reach the lakes, but we had a wonderful time exploring around the valley and taking in the sights of the majestic mountains surrounding us.

I thought I would share some photos from that hike with you.

~Enjoy~




My protector

My protector


Helicopter flies over the valley

Helicopter flies over the valley


Can you see the trail down in the valley?

Can you see the trail down in the valley?


Stream flowing through the valley

Stream flowing through the valley


Another view of the stream

Another view of the stream


Not sure why there are stairs here

Not sure why there are stairs here


Stairway to heaven?

Stairway to heaven?


Nice looking mountain

Nice looking mountain


It sure has a rocky top to it

It sure has a rocky top to it


Pretty flowers surround the trail

Flowers surround the trail





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