Flattop Mountain Shuttle
In Anchorage, Alaska on 4th Ave between C & D

For Anchorage visitors without rental cars who want to hike flattop mountain

Locals with bikes needing one-way transport into the mountains

Round-Trip - $23

Group of Four or More - $21 (each)

One Way with your Own Bike - $16

(Price Includes $1 Per-Person Chugach State Park User Fee/Tax.) 

12:30 to 4:30 once a day excursion.  15-person passenger van remains parked at trailhead while you hike. 

Schedule & Check-in Procedure

We Operate Only From
May 15 - september 15


Flattop is Alaska's most frequently climbed mountain

3-mile round-trip hike

Elevation gain: 1,350'

Elevation: 3,350'

Great views

Flattop Mountain Shuttle provides round-trip van transport between down town Anchorage and Flattop's trailhead for only $23 per-person.

A scenic, safe, affordable, independent outdoor afternoon excursion. We drive you 15-miles (30 minutes) from downtown Anchorage (sea level) to the Glen Alps trailhead (elevation 2,200') in Chugach State Park. Van remains parked for 2.5 hours while you HIKE on your own. On average, it takes one hour to HIKE from the parking lot to the summit. This allows most people 30 minutes to walk around the mountain's flat top and photograph the great views. It takes about 45 minutes to descend. No guide is needed on this popular, easy to follow trail.  Click here for the handout "How to Hike the Flattop Mountain Trail."

In a nutshell, this is a 30-mile "low-key"* circuit tour of Anchorage and an unguided mountain HIKE above it for only $23. (Actually $22 because we collect a $1 per-person tax paid to Chugach State Park.)


Because there is no guide you can hike as far and as fast or as slow and as little as you like. A tired hiker can turn around wherever and whenever they want. Fit hikers can get to the top in as little as 35 minutes so they sometimes run up to the second or even the third peak above Flattop. Up there you can run along a ridge line and unlike on the Flattop trail, up there you will likely be completely alone. Hikers must begin their descent by 3 pm so that they are back in the parking lot at or before 4 pm which is when the van departs.  We take a different route back to downtown that passes the Alaska Zoo where we can drop you off if you want.  The Zoo has a free hourly shuttle to downtown that runs until 8:30 p.m.  Adult admission to the Zoo is $15. 

Regardless of your hiking pace, the great views provide a reward for every footstep. Even on cloudy or rainy days and even for people who only hike a short way up, it is still a great value.  Unlike a shorter city tour you not only see more of Anchorage for a lower price, you get exercise in the mountains.   Click here for map of round-trip van route and list of ten points of interest cited by driver.  Also, compared to hiking in a group corralled by a guide, we charge much less and we do not charge an advance deposit.  See More, pay less with us.

*Low key = quiet.

To Reserve Your Seat(s)


Call 907-279-3334

Text 907-250-1170

No Deposit except for group of four or more: See FAQ 2

Located at:
333 W.4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Hiking to Flattop's "broad summit has long been the classic afternoon hike near Anchorage." 55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska.

Operating Permits

Flattop Mountain Shuttle operates under commercial six month
(April 15 - October 15) permits issued by:

Chugach State Park.
Municipality of Anchorage Transportation Inspection Division.

$1 of the fare is a tax or user fee we collect on behalf of Chugach State Park.
The municipality regulates our service as a Vehicle for Hire ("VFH"). Each spring the van must pass a 19-point inspection, obtain $700,000 in commercial insurance, and pay a $712 VFH fee.
Also, every two years the driver must obtain a municipal chauffeur's license.

Memberships and Affiliations

Visit Anchorage
Alaska Trails