Flattop Mountain

Anchorage, Alaska 99516

Flattop Mountain

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"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, Cook Inlet, and the city.

On summer weekends and evenings after work, scores of Anchorage residents visit the Glen Alps entrance to Chugach State Park for short walks, berry picking, or the hike to the top of Flattop. The trail to Flattop, a high, level summit in the first tier of peaks in the Chugach Mountains, is a very popular hike."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Anchorage (Falcon Guides)
John Tyson
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"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 gain you extraordinary views of the Alaska Range, Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, and Anchorage—and a high point of 3,550 feet." Read more
Best Hikes Near Anchorage (Falcon Guides)
John Tyson
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"Flattop Mountain is the most climbed peak in all Alaska, so plan on having plenty of company on this trail. But don’t let the crowds discourage you if you have never ventured up Flattop. There are extraordinary views of the Alaska Range, Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, and Anchorage and a high point of 3,550 feet. The well-maintained trail is fun to hike and a tradition for many." Read more

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5/1/2009
I would recommend it as something to do if you're looking for a 'simpler' hike in Anchorage. We did it with our three year old-but there was still snow at the summit and it was difficult at that part. But it was crowded with people, and the parking lot does have many break-ins. But worth it for a day trip for sure. Saw someone try to do it with a stroller-they didnt make it far.
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7/31/2006
This trail is straight forward until the final ascent, which requires a little care. The top provides great views out to Anchorage and beyond. You also get a view of some of the other local surrounding mountains near Anchorage. The trail is fairly quick to complete and is easily accessible from Anchorage. Note, you will need to pay a $5 fee to park your car at the road end.
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6/17/2006
Lots of ppl on the trail, but since we did it our first day in town, it was a nice warm-up. Lots of stairs for you, and the steep rocky ending is a brief challenge to reach the summit. Our 5-year old ascended w/ us all by herself---even the huge boulders at the end. Fun for the family!
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6/18/2004
The trail was pretty easy for the most part. Great views at the top. It gets steep near the top and poles make a difference here. I saw some people bringing little kits and wearing flip flops on the trail and I would not recommend doing that. Also do not store any valuables in your car, there has been a rash of break-ins at trailheads in the Anchorage area all summer.
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6/23/2003
Flattop is a moderate hike with AWESOME views of Anchorage and Campbell Creek. It's perfect for the kids and somewhat less experinced hikers. It's just a little out of town but the views pay off! It has a marker and carin at the top to let you know you are 3,550 feet up in the air!
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10/2/2001
Some beatiful scenery of the Anchorage area. It has easy access which is nice, but this allows for lots of visitors. A woderful place to watch the sunset or rise. Definitely a place to visit before you leave.
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7/1/1998
We visited so many places in Alaska and all were breath taking. The views are just spectacular. There are many places you can hike and even pick berries.
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7/1/1998
All areas of Alaska are just breath taking. We took many hikes while we visited.
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Trail Information

Anchorage
Nearby City
0.1-1.5 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best June through September
Season
Chugach State Park, 18620 Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska 99516; 907-345-5014; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/.
Local Contacts
USGS Anchorage A-8 (SE); Imus Geographics Chugach State Park.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018