I am originally from AK and bringing some friends up from Louisiana to see it for their first time. We are only going to be there for one week and I am expected to show them some of the best of Alaska on a budget. I was planning on taking them hiking (obviously), but I'd really like to climb something with an actual summit. The questions ae these:
1) Which of the two is an "easier" hike? Matanuska Peak or Pioneer Peak? And are either of these doable for your average ambitious flatlander or am I aiming for dissapointment attempting either of these with amateur to novice hikers? Is it doable in a day with said hikers?
2) Is there some other 4-6k peak that is accessible from Anchorage that will entertain all of us while not being too challenging for an amateur?
We are planning on staying in Anchorage, but we may venture in the Seward/Kenai direction and I have friends to visit in Mat-Su, so we'll be out that way also. We are going at the end of July.
Any help is appreciated. Its been a long time since I've been back and I don't know my way around as well as I used to.