Hiking Flattop Mountain

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Flattop Mountain, Chugach State Park
Decided that I didn't have enough time for a day trip to Denali, I took time in the morning, with no idea what to do until my flight back at 8:25pm. I went to Kincaid Park, which has a nice view of Chikaloon Bay, and started reading the Alaska guide book I'd neglected on the outbound flight in favor of the movies on my iPhone. I realized that was the first time that I didn't have a plan when I travel, while the weather was so beautiful. The eureka moment came soon enough, I hit the road for Flattop Mountain, located in Chugach State Park just 30-min drive east of urban Anchorage.

The trail is 1.5-mile, with an elevation gain of 1280 feet. It starts easy, then moderate, then really steep and rocky that requires some climbing. The final climb reminded me of my hiking trip up Half Dome in Yosemite NP, CA.
Flattop Mountain, Chugach State Park
It was a beautiful day, chilly, sunny, and so quite many people were on the trail, which helped allay my fear for bear. The view all along the trail is just breathtaking, looking upon downtown Anchorage, the Bay, mount Foraker and mount Spurr, and Denali peaks. Once I got to the top, I could also see the valleys in the backdrop, seemingly carved out by ancient glaciers. What is so nice about these mountains in Alaska is the contrast b/w the abundant wildlife in summer with signs of brutal, inhospitable winter weather. Wild flowers are still here and there on the slopes. Places where mountains meet with oceans are such a feast to the eyes. This hike has become my most favorite ever!

After the hike, I treated myself a plentiful buffet in a rather nice Chinese restaurant on Dimond Blvd mall strip. This restaurant has classy design, showcases of Chinese artifacts, and 2 Terracotta Army solder statues greeting me at the door.

The 5h30 redeye return flight was smooth, but I could barely sleep, as the coach seat on 757 doesn't have a headrest, and I was stuck in a middle seat.

Overall, the trip was great, I look forward to going back for Denali NP. A horseback camping trip sounds delicious!
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