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“fair price, great guide, fun hike!”

Flattop Mountain Shuttle
Ranked #7 of 12 Transportation in Anchorage
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: For Anchorage visitors without rental cars who want to hike Flattop Mountain. Operates April 15 - October 15. 15-person passenger van between downtown (sea level) and Glen Alps trailhead (2,200'). Van remains parked at trailhead while you hike by yourself - unguided. 3-mile round-trip hike. Elevation gain: 1,350.' In sum this is a 30-mile (low key) circuit tour of Anchorage and an unguided mountain hike above it for only $23. 12:15 to 4:30 pm. Check-in between noon and 12:15. No deposit to reserve a seat. See more, pay less with us!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed July 16, 2015

Whether or not you have your own transportation to Flagstaff, this shuttle is a great option to learn a little more about Anchorage and to meet new people--maybe even make new friends from all over the world. Peter, the driver, is friendly and funny and knowledgeable and looks out for his passengers. He narrates on the drive so you get a brief informational tour about the city of Anchorage. The shuttle is fairly priced. I had my own transportation every day but the day I wanted to do this hike, and I'm so glad I took the shuttle instead of renting a car. I made new friends that I still keep in contact with. As a solo female traveler, it was a safe option of transport. The hike itself can be slippery and tiring at the top as you scramble hand-to-hand over rocks, but that just makes it even more of an adventure and sets the trail apart from other hiking paths. You will have a good time guaranteed!

1  Thank travelbug882015
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Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Cousy friendly bike shop
Rental and explore anchorage
anchors all over
Great bikes for everyone's ares a warm attitude from Pete'ns Stuff
Good advises and more
If really you want to hear the heart bits of the city take their bike

Thank Rony L
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

So glad we chose to take the shuttle up to Flattop. The hike was fun, the views (of course) were amazing, but the guide was also very knowledgeable and the best part . . . we didn't have to fight for parking! Great idea and a great way to get into the Chugach mountains from downtown Anchorage.

1  Thank Ashley J
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

We used Downtown Bicycles to shuttle to and from Flat Top mountain. The price was reasonable and the directions to hike and take amazing photos was an added plus!

1  Thank 459drewp
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

This bike shop is conveniently located in downtown Anchorage. It offers bike rentals and hiking trips to Flattop Mountain. I highly recommend both. They offer many types of bikes and initially take you though a few questions to help find the bike that is right for you. The bikes include cargo compartments so they are great for carrying extra layers of clothing for the the Anchorage weather and for storing souvenirs picked up on your bike ride. The bikes are clearly well maintained and the rental includes a helmet, maps and a repair kit. In addition to providing maps, the shop has detailed written directions on how to navigate the local trails and staff has a wealth of knowledge they are willing to share on local trails and points of interest along the way.
In addition to the bike rentals, the shop offers daily hiking trips to Flattop Mountain. The hike includes a 30 minute narrated van ride from the bike shop to the base of Flattop Mountain. Again, the shop provides helpful written instruction on the hike and where to go. The van drops you off at the parking lot at the base of the mountain where you are released to hike at your own pace and as high as you want as long as you keep the time schedule in mind. The last third of the hike is more of a climb as it gets a bit steep, but still accessible for novice climbers although it can be a bit exhausting if you aren't used to physical activity. The end of the hike requires you to climb on all fours to reach the top, but so worth the effort as the views are amazing. On the drive back to the bike shop they take a different route so you can see different things.
Prices are reasonable, staff is friendly and knowledgable and the shop is open late in the summer so that you can really take advantage of the extended sunlight.

3  Thank marybink
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