Best Trails Near Anchorage AK

Anchorage has 89 trails in the vicinity, including 68 hiking trails and 12 for flatwater kayaking & canoeing. These trails range from 0.02 to 127 miles in length. The longest trail in Anchorage is Seward Highway a well-known trail measuring 127 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Rendezvous Peak, Flattop Mountain and Wolverine Peak. Trails.com member Andy L. recently completed Rendezvous Peak.

More information on the best trails in Anchorage can be found below.
  • Wolverine Peak

    6 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    A maintained trail close to town with access to tundra and alpine with spectacular views of Chugach Mountains, Campbell Creek, and the Cook Inlet. Wolverine Peak, the prominent triangular peak ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A maintained trail close to town with access to tundra and alpine with spectacular views of Chugach Mountains, Campbell Creek, ...

  • Flattop Mountain

    4 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Perhaps one of the most popular trails in the summer for good reasons: close to town, numerous options for a variety of hiking abilities with access to alpine tundra, spectacular views of mountains, ...
    •  0.1-1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Perhaps one of the most popular trails in the summer for good reasons: close to town, numerous options for a variety of hiking ...

  • Eagle River Valley

    4 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    The Eagle River Valley includes a range of hiking routes, directly behind the Eagle River Nature Center: miles of hiking trails with interpretive loops or overnight treks up to 24 miles.
    •  0.75-24 miles
    •  Guide

    The Eagle River Valley includes a range of hiking routes, directly behind the Eagle River Nature Center: miles of hiking ...

  • Rendezvous Peak

    4 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    With a clear trail across open tundra, solid footing, and a route that never climbs too steeply, Rendezvous is a great climb for kids and beginning hikers. Nearby ski lifts and an abandoned military ...
    •  2.5 to 4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    With a clear trail across open tundra, solid footing, and a route that never climbs too steeply, Rendezvous is a great climb ...

  • Flattop Mountain

    4 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Flattop is climbed more often than any mountain in Alaska, and that is a mixed blessing. It boasts a high trailhead with plenty of space for parking, a short and well-maintained trail, and gorgeous ...
    •  2 to 5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Flattop is climbed more often than any mountain in Alaska, and that is a mixed blessing. It boasts a high trailhead with ...

  • Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain

    3 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain, tiered hills above the town of Peters Creek, sit at the tip of a ridge stretching from the heart of the park like emissaries to civilization. Neither mountain ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain, tiered hills above the town of Peters Creek, sit at the tip of a ridge stretching from the ...

  • Williwaw Lakes

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    A trail with options for day hikes or multiday adventures, through alpine tundra and a series of lakes, only a short drive from downtown Anchorage. Middle Fork Campbell Creek flows through ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail with options for day hikes or multiday adventures, through alpine tundra and a series of lakes, only a short drive ...

  • Ship Creek Valley Trail

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and well-traveled foothills from its more remote regions. Though it straddles ...
    •  1 to 3 days
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and ...

  • Hidden Lake, The Ramp, and The Wedge

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Just off the Powerline Trail, a narrow track leads up a side valley to a trio of grand destinations: Hidden Lake, The Ramp, and The Wedge. Each is worth a visit, and with an early start and enough ...
    •  6 to 9 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Just off the Powerline Trail, a narrow track leads up a side valley to a trio of grand destinations: Hidden Lake, The Ramp, ...

  • McHugh Peak

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Rising in a great massif from McHugh Creek Valley, McHugh Peak is not so much a distinct mountain as a 5-mile long ridge punctuated by craggy pinnacles. Though it borders south Anchorage, it ...
    •  5 to 7 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Rising in a great massif from McHugh Creek Valley, McHugh Peak is not so much a distinct mountain as a 5-mile long ridge ...

  • Flattop Mountain Trail

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Flattop Mountain is the most climbed peak in all Alaska, so plan on plenty of company on this trail. Don’t let the difficulty rating discourage you. A little extra effort to Flattop plateau will ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Flattop Mountain is the most climbed peak in all Alaska, so plan on plenty of company on this trail. Don’t let the difficulty ...

  • McHugh / Rabbit Lakes Trail

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    The McHugh/Rabbit Lakes Trail climbs steadily through mixed forests, high grasslands, and open tundra to McHugh and Rabbit Lakes, two azure tarns walled by steep mountains. The trail starts near ...
    •  6 to 9 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The McHugh/Rabbit Lakes Trail climbs steadily through mixed forests, high grasslands, and open tundra to McHugh and Rabbit ...

  • Falls Creek

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    A short, steep route traveling through a narrow valley, and climbing to outstanding views of Turnagain Arm. A steep hike to a high tundra basin, the Falls Creek Trail threads its way up a narrow ...
    •  2.5-4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, steep route traveling through a narrow valley, and climbing to outstanding views of Turnagain Arm. A steep hike ...

  • Wolverine Peak

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Wolverine Peak, the broad triangular mountain on the skyline east of Anchorage, makes an excellent one-day trip, offering views of Anchorage, Cook Inlet, and the Alaska Range and glimpses of ...
    •  4-8 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Wolverine Peak, the broad triangular mountain on the skyline east of Anchorage, makes an excellent one-day trip, offering ...

  • Near Point and Wolverine Peak

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Locals and outsiders alike sometimes remark of Anchorage that it is “only twenty minutes from Alaska.” Some intend this as an insult to Alaska’s metropolis, while others say it with pride. In ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Locals and outsiders alike sometimes remark of Anchorage that it is “only twenty minutes from Alaska.” Some intend this as ...

  • O'Malley Peak

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Pinnacled and precipitous, O’Malley Peak towers above South Anchorage in dramatic relief. Wild and windy, exposed yet safe, and on the edge of town, the mountain should by all rights be crowded ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Pinnacled and precipitous, O’Malley Peak towers above South Anchorage in dramatic relief. Wild and windy, exposed yet safe, ...

  • Anchorage Overlook Trail

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    This short, wheelchair-accessible loop trail provides some great views of the area. The trail winds up the side of a hill to a large platform that affords scenic views of the Alaska Range, Cook ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This short, wheelchair-accessible loop trail provides some great views of the area. The trail winds up the side of a hill ...

  • Bird Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    One of the ?rst trails to melt in the spring, combined with signi?cant elevation, make it a great trail to get in hiking shape at the beginning of the season. The hike up Bird Ridge, the ridge ...
    •  1-6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the ?rst trails to melt in the spring, combined with signi?cant elevation, make it a great trail to get in hiking ...

  • Middle Fork Loop and Hillside Trails

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    A wealth of trails cover the western Chugach foothills, perfect for days when the time or energy for a longer hike is lacking. Lying on the outskirts of Anchorage, these trails are mostly flat ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    A wealth of trails cover the western Chugach foothills, perfect for days when the time or energy for a longer hike is lacking. ...

  • Powerline Trail

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    You’re likely to encounter hikers, bikers, and climbers of every stripe throughout the expansive South Fork Campbell Creek Valley. Yet even when teeming with people, this alpine playground retains ...
    •  5 to 8 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    You’re likely to encounter hikers, bikers, and climbers of every stripe throughout the expansive South Fork Campbell Creek ...

  • Williwaw Lakes Trail and The Ballpark

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    The Williwaw Lakes, tucked high in a valley above East Anchorage, are a justifiably popular backpacking destination. Two trails lead to their shores: the gentle Williwaw Lakes Trail and the more ...
    •  5 to 7 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Williwaw Lakes, tucked high in a valley above East Anchorage, are a justifiably popular backpacking destination. Two ...

  • Penguin Peak

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    It is impossible to drive along the Seward Highway and not notice Penguin Peak, the hulking mountain dominating Turnagain Arm west of Girdwood. It frustrates motorists with highway-closing avalanches ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    It is impossible to drive along the Seward Highway and not notice Penguin Peak, the hulking mountain dominating Turnagain ...

  • McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    This trail winds through forest, meadow and into alpine tundra with wonderful views, lakes, and prominent peaks in McHugh Creek Valley. The McHugh Trail leads through forest, meadow, and brush ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail winds through forest, meadow and into alpine tundra with wonderful views, lakes, and prominent peaks in McHugh ...

  • Near Point Trail

    1 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    This trail is a good full-day hike to the top of a scenic ridge with truly outstanding views of the city of Anchorage. Although a little more challenging because of its length and elevation gain, ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail is a good full-day hike to the top of a scenic ridge with truly outstanding views of the city of Anchorage. Although ...

  • Ship Lake Pass

    0 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    Ship Lake Pass is a wonderful day hike for various hiking abilities, with easy access to alpine country, and plenty of options to extend to overnight traverse options. Three-quarters of Chugach ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Ship Lake Pass is a wonderful day hike for various hiking abilities, with easy access to alpine country, and plenty of options ...