The trail started out easy enough, through scattered trees and easily walked dirt paths. It then opened into a valley hillside that was at a moderate slope, but still enjoyable, with wild flowers and lush greenery. Then came the switchbacks. And then the wooden steps. After reaching a flattened rest area, the rock-laced climb began, where I believe we learned the term "hand over foot" climbing, and began filming documentation of our treacherous ascent.
This video documents our climb, from the lighthearted first moments, to the at times alarming and uncertain moments of the hike up, and finally the beautiful panoramas that were just our first taste of the spectacular and breathtaking views of Alaska.