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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hiking Mount Roberts

6/17/11

Decided to hike Mount Roberts this morning. It is about 4000 feet high above sea level. When you start hiking next to a cruise ship, you are at sea level. lol  It is a joke in Alaska when the tourist get off the cruise ship and ask how high above sea level each town is.

Most tourists take the tram up to the restaurant which is about 2000 ft. I hiked for an hour to the tram and then another 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the summit. There was a very beautiful view of  the Gastineau Channel, surrounding mountains, and Juneau and Douglas. I attempted to complete the Alpine Loop but at one point along the ridge the path was completely covered by snow. After quickly realizing the potential danger, I returned along the path I had taken earlier. The view from the summit was so beautiful that it is one of the highlights of my trip so far.






















































Eagle in large enclosure at tram stop.


Took the easy way down. 

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