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Solstice 2013 hike on Flattop

Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Ben Fish rests near on Flattop. Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mary Rae Staples, left, and Erin Quinn take in the view on Flattop. Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Ben Fish rests near on Flattop. Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mary Rae Staples, left, and Erin Quinn take in the view on Flattop. Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday.
Marc Lester
Alaska Dispatch