Getting here was an easy drive from the city. The parking lot was fairly full but we were able to find a spot fairly quickly. We first went to the overlook a short stroll from the parking lot. We had a great view of the city and Cook Inlet but Denali was hidden from sight. There were several birds flying around, probably feeding on the berries. The Canada Jay was a new one for us.
We set out at the Glen Alps trailhead. The ascent took us up past krummholz, pine trees so exposed to wind and rough weather that they grew not in an upright fashion but in twisted and distorted manner, close to the ground the meadows were turning red w/ early fall. We occasionally find blueberries but the areas near the trail had already been picked over. We ran into a local who showed us her tooth-edged berry scooper as well as several plastic containers filled with the efforts of the labor that morning. We spotted numerous alpine ground squirrels all in agitated and standing upright and alert. The reason for their anxiety was soon clear as we spotted a Northern Goshawk on the ground; we never did spot it fly at any of the squirrels. However we did see a couple hiking with their dog allow it to run free onto the meadow at the squirrels. We did not spot any moose.
We elected not to climb Flattop once we reached the junction in the trail; the rock scramble seemed too difficult. We thus stayed on Blueberry Loop, went around to the south where we had a good view of the start of Turnagain Arm. Wildflowers were still blooming in places. Fireweed, of course, but also Purple larkspur/monks hood, red and yellow Indian paintbrush and yarrow. In addition to blueberries there were lingonberries and crowberries.