For those who have not yet visited a selected place, such as parts of Alaska, you’ll be happy you invested the time and effort to see some narratives written by local article authors. Alaska should be considered a region where the situation of sustainable tourism and hospitality deserves attention. Postings exploring Alaska, America’s icebox deserve reading. There are various reasons why travel consultants are focused on Alaskan summer vacations.
Sometimes getting area headlines is a lot more practical than illustrative catalog descriptions. By my calculations there are not enough posts that cover the topics people care about. This piece talks about facts to bear in mind whenever checking out Alaskan places to see.
Arctic Valley–Easiest Hike to a Peak in Anchorage
was written by [email protected] (Michelle Waclawski) , 2018-11-27 02:41:10
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I was in Anchorage for four days in August, just hanging out, when I realized that the berries were ripening. A friend of mine told me years ago about picking berries on the slopes of Arctic Valley, and I’d passed the exit off the Glenn Highway just north of Anchorage many times with the resolution to go there someday. This was going to be that “someday”, and I am glad I had plenty of time because it took awhile to get there.
From the freeway exit, one passes a local golf course and then the pavement ends and the climb begins, up and up and up on a wide, rough, rutted gravel road. It seemed to go on forever, and I was sure I was in the wrong place going somewhere strange, when suddenly parking lots appeared and a valley opened up in front up me with a trail heading up the middle of it. There were only 2 cars in the parking lot, so I was uncertain this was a well-used place. I took a side trail first, that led to nowhere, before heading up the valley, just exploring and scoping for berries.
As the morning wore on, more and more folks showed up on the trail and there were plenty of cars in the parking lot by time I left. I only had enough time to get to the saddle at the head of the valley, overlooking Eagle River and Eagle River Valley on the other side before I had a commitment in town I needed to get back for. I realized that I’d hiked the area from the other side last year and the Arctic Valley trails connected with the Eagle River trails.
|Views of surrounding mountains are a feature of Arctic Valley, starting above treeline. |
And this year, no sign of the abundant berries I expected
|The military presence of the Joint Elmdorf-Richardson Base is evident|
|A plane cuts a swath through the sky as I near the top of the saddle|
|At the saddle, looking down on the city of Eagle River|
|Up to the right on the saddle, to meet the trails that come up from the Eagle River side|
|Looking back down the valley I’d come up at the Anchorage area|
|The history of Arctic Valley is long and interesting, and reading the interpretive signs was fascinating, with a deep connection with World War II|
|Gazing north to Denali|
There are a number of trails to explore here and many have moderate grades rather than the oxygen-depleting climbs of many mountains. Though there weren’t any berries to speak of, it was still a gem of a discovery, being above treeline the whole time, a feature Alaskan’s appreciate for being able to see bear from a ways off. I hadn’t realized it was still an active downhill ski area, so I’ll be mentioning this to my kids when they are home for the holidays as an alternative to the in town Hillside slopes.
What caught my fancy was the history of the place, detailed on the interpretive signs. Tours are still available to see the Nike Hercules missile site where live test fires were conducted (see http://www.alaska.org/detail/nike-site-summit).
One thing we’ve discovered is that the more instructive writing are not all encompassing educational research studies but intimate stories highlighting people and small communities. However, paradoxically it is sometimes the largest organizations that provide the fresh and informative narratives. Not surprisingly there is also a role for travel and tourism statistical reports or policy analysis. Material about going to the State of Alaska like Arctic Valley–Easiest Hike to a Peak in Anchorage help us to take a look at the far reaching topics of sustainable travel and tourism.
As reported by a variety of findings by-and-large visitors want sustainable tourism would like to be considered as responsible vacationers. Alaska is a destination where sustainable tourism is critical.
Regarded as excellent destinations for absolutely everyone heading to Alaska is
Kenai Fjords National Park. Kenai Fjords is usually accessed from Seward. Within the amazingly green waters of the Fjords is an abundant array of tidewater and piedmont glaciers. Marine wildlife consists of otters, sea lions, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, porpoises, puffins and kittiwakes. Kenai Fjords National Park is most effortlessly reached by tour boats from Seward or by driving out to Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward. Wildlife and glacier displays are available at the Small Boat Harbor visitor center and the Alaska Sealife Center. Many visitors arrive in Seward by way of cruise ship following an Inside Passage tour. For an awesome tour, Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park can be reached by car or by way of the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage. Another excellent choice is the Park Connection Motorcoach, with daily summer season service and morning or afternoon departures from Anchorage. An excellent location to remain before or following an Alaska cruise, or for a number of nights during a land trip, Seward offers several distinctive accommodations possibilities. A cruise into the Kenai Fjords National Park is a must on your trip to Alaska. Kenai Fjords cruises out of Seward range from five, 6, 8 or 10 hours in duration and include numerous areas of the Park, including Resurrection Bay, Fox Island, Holgate Arm and the Northwestern Fjord. Other top interesting attractions include a calm hike to the face of Exit Glacier and a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Sea kayaking and sportfishing out of Seward are good ways to achieve more up-close and personal experience with the Kenai Fjords surroundings. Seward also has a good selection of unique gift shops and cafes, along with beachcombing, hiking, and horseback riding.