3101 Glen Alps Road Anchorage, AK 99516
Flattop is Alaska’s most visited peak. Ascend the 1.5 - mile, 1,350 vertical foot trail to the rocky, football field-sized summit in about an hour and take in panoramic views from Denali (Mt. McKinley) to the Aleutian Islands. If you want vistas without the hike, walk the short path from the parking lot to the overlook. The more adventurous can hike from the parking lot 5 miles one-way to the scenic Williwaw Lakes or climb 5.5 miles to Wolverine Peak. Flattop Mountain Shuttle Flattop Mountain Shuttle has a great shuttle service that transports you from Downtown (4th and C) to Flattop for just per person round-trip.
Points of Flattop Mountains of Glen Alps
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Anchorage Overlook Trail
This trail has its own sitting area and viewing deck with views of Anchorage, the Alaska Range, and Cook Inlet. It is really good for seeing sunsets in the evening but it is also windy. The whole route is wheelchair accessible. This is a good short hike for the family to see the view over Anchorage, but not a good trail for the training runner.
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Ballpark (Under O’Malley Peak)
This area is accessed from multiple trails. Most people start at the Glen Alps parking lot and follow the trail toward Williwaw Lakes. Once you cross over Campbell Creek, you can go over the ridge by taking a right where the trail forks (steep but fast) or around to left (easier, but much longer). Good for hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Some even run this trail.
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This trail is one of many that make up the Hillside Trail System.
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This is the most-hiked trail in Alaska, but winter snow can cause avalanches in the spring, so be careful what time of year you choose to go.
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Glen Alps View Loop
Spruce woods and mountain hemlock groves give way to open tundra and jewel-like alpine lakes.
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Glen Alps View Loop East Access
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Little O’Malley Peak
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Williwaw Lakes Trail
Popular for a day ski/hike, or overnight camping, this trail starts off along Powerline Trail, but quickly turns off to left, over a creek, and then heads in the opposite direction from which you started. It is fairly flat, with dips here and there. Moose guaranteed to be seen in fall fighting over females, so give them their space. Trail eventually heads down a valley to the right, More...
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