North Face Trail – Girdwood, Alaska

August 8, 2016

The North Face trail starts at Hotel Alyeska and is a fairly steep hike to the top of Mount Alyeska. This was a 2000-foot elevation gain in about 2.2 miles, and it took about an hour and a half to finish. 

The Alyeska Aerial Tram and the North Face Trail both end at the Upper Tram Terminal on top of Mount Alyeska. 

At the Upper Tram Terminal is a ski chalet  with a couple of dining and bar options…

…and the view from the Bore Tide Bar was outstanding. 

From the top of Mount Alyeska is a great view of the seven hanging glaciers. 

One of the coolest parts of this hike is that tram rides down the mountain are free! (Rides up cost a fee) I did get a little motion sick on the tram, but motion sickness is not uncommon for me. This weekend also happened to be the annual Blueberry Festival at the hotel! 

This was a great hike that I anticipate hiking several more times! 

For more information I found the following websites helpful:

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.


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