Chugach Mountain Range Alpenglow


Sunset sky over Chugach Mountain, Alaska

Sunset clouds over the Chugach mountain range – Girdwood, Alaska.

Photographing this sunset scene on Mt Alyeska near midnight was a surreal experience. In front me, the sky above the Chugach Mountain was on fire. Behind Ragged Peak, lighting flashed sporadically. To my right, the Seven Glaciers sat high above the northern-most rain forest in the world. To my left, Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet bathed quietly in the soft twilight colors.

My photos don’t do this place justice. Earlier, I did a solo hike up Alyeska North Face trail; out of breath, I stumbled into the Seven Glaciers bar to recover from my hike. A couple hours later, I walked outside, and the view took my breath away again. I hiked further up the ridgeline away from other visitors, planted my tripod, sat there for hours and waited for twilight colors. I was supposed to take photos, but I didn’t want to do anything else but to sit back and soak it all in. Up here near midnight, time seemed to stop; words, non existent…

Here is an Alyeska aerial winter image from Google image search results showing a bird’s eye view of the area. The North Face trail is underneath the snow on the west facing slope. Turnagain Arm is to the south-east. North-west view is Seven Glaciers.

PS: final image above is a composite of two horizontal frames.