I did a hike out by Hope Alaska yesterday.
I did about 4-1/2 miles walking in two hours, a little less than half the whole distance available.
Hope is in the other side of Turnagain Arm, which is aptly named,
because you drive south for an hour, then turn around the end of the inlet and head north,
then turn again and head up and over Turnagain Pass,
then turn again and drive about 13 mile back to the inlet.
The trail has many personalities, as did the day.
From muddy boggy breakup conditions to higher more open,
easy strolling to knarly root navigation.
I was glad I wore my hiking boots,
there were places the frost had push up the dirt and then thawed,
leaving a collapsing ankle trap.
Here are some of the scenes I favored to stop and take photos.
The biggest hazard on a windy day is from widow makers,
old trees that can break or already have and rest precariously for the moment.
A post card moment from the bluff off the trail.
Cook Inlet at low tide
Knarly roots and blow down ahead
A babbling brook
The trail home
There were post card moments in a day that wasn’t post card.
There was rain, snow, wind and sunshine at times, fairly typical many days in Alaska.
Hope is located in the low lying area in the next photo, taken from the Anchorage side.
The Gull Rock Trail goes to the right along the base of the mountain.