Northwest bound travel blog

Flattop Mountain

Jim and Ellie on the trail

Encouraging, isn't it?

The trail up Flattop

Skyline of Anchorage

A young moose

Gorgeous scenery

Lots of cones. These are bright purple early in the year.

Cook Inlet and Anchorage in the distance

Such beauty

Dall sheep


A lazy moose

Cute ground squirrel

Reindeer sausage

Anchorage, AK Although we woke up to rain, we were undaunted. Instead we dressed in our 2-piece rain suits and headed out to Flattop Mountain in the Chugach Range with our guide Ellie. This is only a 20 minute drive from our hotel in Anchorage. Flattop is the most often climbed peak in Alaska because it is so accessible and affords 360 degree views of the Alaska Range, Chugach Range, Cook Inlet, and Anchorage. Unfortunately, we were rather limited in any distant views today. The trail is great for picking blueberries as well so we munched on berries as we walked. We went through a small grove of hemlock before reaching timberline and then traversing Blueberry Hill. While climbing and munching we spotted 2 moose, 1 ground squirrel and 12 Dall sheep. Ellie was very knowledgeable about Alaska in general and the flora and fauna of the area in particular. We were the only 2 on the tour so we felt pretty special. After our hike the 3 of us headed to downtown Anchorage for a delicious Reindeer Sausage sandwich. Wonderful.

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