What I love about Anchorage, and I believe it’s the case for Alaska in general, is that just few minutes away from the city can make you feel like you are one on one with the wilderness, and Flattop trail is no exception. About 15 minutes away from midtown Anchorage, the Flattop mountain was on my bucket list for quite some time, but for some reason was postponed more than once. Most likely its proximity and accessibility gave me the illusion that I have enough time to go there, but the truth is that I have no idea how long I am going to live in this amazing country.So, when my friend from Kenai decided to pay me a visit, I thought that this would make a great opportunity for us to spend some quality time while exploring the nearby mountain. Luckily for me she welcomed the idea, and that is how our adventure began 🙂
After a quick online research it was clear that the hike to the top of the mountain is not to long, nor to difficult. From people’s reviews I understood that there was a trail which was well maintained and that the hike was moderate. We had this great idea to eat our lunch on top of the mountain, so we packed some strawberries and sushi, made sure we have enough water, doubled checked on my camera and hit the road. We were happy to have a sunny day and almost no snow in the city, but we totally overlooked the snow in the mountains (which is visible from the city..duh) at this time of the year.
Long story short, we drove towards the mountain, parked the car, and because there was no guidance signs around we followed two other people who happened to be there at the same time. However, soon enough we lost their sight and could see only their footprints on the snow. Also, a pair of ski tracks, which were stretching along the steep slope of the mountain, served us as a guidance line all the way up to the top. After 20 min of climbing we were positive that we did not take the moderate trail. In addition to the abrupt inclination of the hill our feet were swallowed by snow every now and then, which did not help.
But…every time we looked around our gaze was rewarded with astounding views resulting from the union of mountains and snow. On our way to the top, we spotted 2 moose who were peacefully grazing what was left from the old greenery. When we finally arrived on the peak, the landscape that opened before us was beyond description. Every way we turned the scenery was so peaceful and harmonious. Also, from the highs of the peak we could see the motionless like ocean wrapped around the edges of the city that was laying obediently at the bottom of the mountain.
While sipping the natural beauty around us, we allowed ourselves to enjoy our modest lunch, which most certainly will remain one of the most special moments in our lives. Up there, with majestic peaks around us, I remembered the great quote that says “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
Till next time,