Flattop Mountain Trail
Flattop Mountain Trail
4.5
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Cindy Metz
Scottsdale, United States154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This was a short and step hike. Unfortunately we did not get to see views from the top as clouds came in about half way up. The locals race up and sometimes straight up but don’t feel shame in taking the switchbacks. This is a lung burner. It took us about 60 min to the top. Great views when not obstructed by clouds as we did see some of Cook Inlet on the way down. Beautiful flowers!
Written August 8, 2023
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Paulita S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We took the steeper but shorter route up and then the longer easier route down. The longer route has switch backs the whole way up
Written July 30, 2023
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suzmasson
Burbank52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Our family drove up, parked, and walked the quick and easy path up to the viewing point. Quick and easy! I highly recommend it.
Written June 28, 2023
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ImmerWandern
Palos Park, IL7,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
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.
Written September 9, 2022
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RyanLChicago
Chicago, IL484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a strenuous trail with very steep switchbacks. We had rain and heavy wind at the top which made it unpleasant and blocked the views. We had good views on the way up. Definitely recommend trekking poles to save your knees on the way down.
Written August 30, 2022
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Kate K
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We did this hike with kids ages (10,11,12,13) - though they had no problem with the incline others in our party would not have made it. We were unable to make it to top because of the rain and slick conditions but still a beautiful hike. Wish we had blue sky to see the views of Anchorage.
Written August 27, 2022
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poukala
Macomb, MI1,023 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This was a great hike, very challenging in some spots, and the views at the top were incredible! The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is the pathway markings were limited. We were not sure if we were really heading in the correct path
Written August 24, 2022
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PboroBill
Chapel Hill, NC313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Strenuous hike. We figured if it was anchorage most common hike it’d be mostly doable - an east ascent to the top. Ehhh. Not so much. We took shuttle and had three hours for up and down. I made it. Wife had to bail before the face scramble.

We did see a moose adjacent to parking lot.
Written August 22, 2022
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Patrick R
Freeland, MI633 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went to Flat Top on a whim. It turned out to be lots of fun. Be aware the temperatures at the top are cold, and windy. As you look to the east, you can see Anchorage. Look a little north, and on a clear day, you can see Denali.
Written August 1, 2022
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jd3sai
Houston, TX405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Just outside downtown Anchorage (took approx 20 mins to get here). Parking lot (free), bathrooms (use before hike).

3.3 miles, 3,510 elevation - expect MIN. 2.5 hrs (if you are really fit)
You can do it!!!!

The beginning part starts as a walk surrounded by greenery , starts to get pretty uphill. About a .5 miles, you start getting real elevation and then lots of stairs. The view gets nicer as there's less greenery and you get higher.

About the 2.5 miles into the hike, you are very high up and you've reached a plateau of sorts. The last 900 ft ish is rock scrambling/climbing. If you are afraid of heights, I would wait here for your group, or if you are doing it alone- enjoy the view, take pictures and then head back down.

Going up the boulders was a little difficult of course, a bit afraid of heights. With about maybe 10 ft left, had a moment where I froze, but gathered some strength and finished it to the top!! There's a flag at the top. Views are great! The other side of the mountain is a valley that beautiful to look at. The climb down was a bit easier as I just lobster crawled down the entire way. I was down SO freaking fast!! haha It started drizzling and I was in flight/fight mode! (though we saw a dude in sneakers, bball shorts, sleeveless tank, and headphone running down the bouldering area. So you can do it too!)

It was pretty windy while we did the hike. I had on a rain jacket, ear muffs, and gloves at some point. Be prepared!!
-water
-jacket
-gloves
-bring a backpack if you need for a snack ,etc
Written July 26, 2022
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