While in Anchorage for Labor Day weekend we decided to take a little side trip to Alyeska Ski Resort. The resort is about an hour outside of Anchorage and to get there you take Seward Highway. It's the most scenic road I've ever been on and both times we have been to Anchorage it's been one of the highlights of our trip. When we got to Alyeska we took the tram up to the top of the mountain. The views were incredible!
They had a small gift shop/museum and two restaurants. There were plenty of hiking trails and we took a short one up to the top of a nearby summit. It was only half a mile but an incredibly steep incline. We facetimed our families from the top and gave them a peek at the amazing scenery.
There wasn't much else to do up at the top, but we weren't ready to take the tram back down to the hotel. So, we decided to hike down. At the time it sounded like a great idea. On the way up the tram operator mentioned the hike was 2.2 miles and 2000 feet of elevation. Shortly after starting down I realized what an intense hike it was going to be.
This is me about one mile into the hike. You can see the hotel down below.
I'm a fairly high anxiety person. I legit felt like one misstep and I'd start falling of the side of the mountain. It was the most beautiful hike I'd ever been on, and the most stressful.
I have excessive arm swagger while hiking.
It is so surreal to think that we are in Alaska. It still doesn't feel like it's real. Living in Fairbanks doesn't feel like 'real Alaska.' We don't have views anywhere close to this. We have one hill. Literally.
There were a few small streams on the hike and patches of Fall colors.
I was graceful AF during the steep parts. I really need to invest in real hiking shoes. I always just wear my running shoes and end up sliding all over the place. Even Travis slid a few times so it isn't entirely my lack of hiking skills.
At one point my phone slipped out of my hand and my first thought was, "well I'm never seeing that phone again." Thankfully it only rolled down a few feet and I was able to slide down and grab it.
The whole hike took about 90 minutes. Baby went through periods of saying "oh, wow" for ten minutes straight and napped for a while at the end. We saw a lot of other people hiking with their kids in backpacks.
Once we got back to the resort we grabbed some snacks for the road and checked out the shopping. Travis said it was the nicest hotel he had ever been in. I looked at the room rates and they weren't too bad. The hotel we stayed at in Anchorage was $120 a night and rooms at the resort started at $150 so we may plan another trip back in the Spring to try hiking up the trail next time.
What's the scariest hike you've done?