My friend and I will be traveling to Alaska from May 31st through June 7th, flying in and out of ANC. I traveled to Anchorage and Barrow in June 2013 for work but my colleague was a bit of a buzzkill and wanted to stay in the hotel after getting off work at 4:30pm each day so the trip only whetted my appetite for Alaska. While there, I was able to hike Flattop Mountain and drive down to Beluga Point, and that was pretty much it.
We are 26 years old and both have high motors and are looking to take advantage of the long days and out youth to fit in as much as we can while also being realistic as far as times and hiking conditions. We will rent a car for the full week. I’ve got a rough itinerary outline together and was hoping I could get some input from some experienced Alaska travelers as to where we are being overly optimistic or unrealistic given the season. I have been watching the forums for tips and ideas of conditions but thought I needed more tailored advice if it was available. Will figure out lodging after activities have been lined up. We aren’t looking to do any camping, so all would have to be day-hikes.
May 31 Saturday
-Arrive at ANC 11pm
June 1 Sunday – June 3 Tuesday (3 days)
-Drive to Talkeetna
-Eagle River Nature Center
-Biking Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
June 4 Wednesday – June 6 Friday (3 days)
-Drive to Seward
-Stopping at Beluga Point/other Seward hwy sights
-Exit Glacier/Harding Icefield Trail (Wondering about conditions on icefield trail. Would love to complete it all but wonder if that is realistic given early June. Would we be able to do in waterproof hiking boots and clothing or would we need snowshoes/is it worth trying at all? We are not experienced snow hikers, but I did hike Flattop when it was completely snow covered and I considered it very easy, but I know Harding Trail is much more difficult)
-Resurrection Bay Tour
June 7 Saturday
-Head back to ANC
-Depart at 4pm
Items listed are the major sights we are hoping to see, so if there is room for anything else you feel we would enjoy, please add suggestions or let us know if anything above might be stretching it as far as time. 3 days in Anchorage and 3 in Seward is the general plan, but if there is anything else nearby that is worth shifting a day around for, we’re open to suggestions. Thanks!