On Saturday we were blessed with another beautiful day here in South Central Alaska and after spending the morning cleaning the apartment I moved out of I really felt the need to enjoy the day. After some begging and pleading on my end, yes seriously, my boyfriend agreed to go hiking with me. We compromised on McHugh Creek about 10 minutes south of Anchorage. The hike is pretty easy but has some beautiful views.

The trail starts off wooded with some wild flowers making a colorful appearance.

It then crosses the creek and really starts heading up hill

As you climb higher you start to get glimpses of the views to come.

And then there is a short little turn off that lets you see this.

And this…

After that, the terrain starts to change and you start to get a feel for what the mountain goats in the area live on every day,

and you are met with these views.

We hiked about 40 minutes round trip. We could have gone farther down the trail but to be honest I got worried about running into a bear since there were less and less people around. For real people, it happens.

I rounded out the day with a 20 minute run when we got home and some well deserved reading in the sun before dinner.