Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I drive to the Trailhead myself and hike Flattop for free?
There is a $5 self-serve parking fee. Also, if the parking lot is full, do not park on the side of the road. The "No Parking Fire Lane" signs are for real. There is a $200 fine and it's enforced. If the lot is full some people park about 1/2 mile down the road below the curve where there is a wide shoulder and there are no "No Parking Fire Lane" signs. Click here for complimentary directions on how to drive to and from Flattop
2i2. Since the pandemic shut down the shuttle this summer, please explain the other ways to get to and from the trailhead?
A. Rent a car.
B. Take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to and from the trailhead.$35 - $45 each way/$70/$90 round-trip.Downtown - Flattop - Downtown. Less from midtown or south Anchorage.
C. Rent a bike and ride it 16 miles on a bike-friendly route to the trailhead, hike, then bike back. The first half of the bike ride is flat. Then there is a one-mile-long steep hill climb. After that first hill it's slightly uphill for the next two miles. However after that, the last three miles are very steep. To bypass the last section of steep road, at the intersection of Hillside and Upper Huffman, hold up a sign that says "FLATTOP" and make a happy face out of the O. You will immediately get a ride from a pick-up truck or a car with a bike rack on its back (every other vehicle in Anchorage) the rest of the way to the trailhead from a healthy, active, positive, outgoing, helpful person..
D. Rent an ebike from us for between $30 and $60 and ride it to the trailhead. Rent the Ambient E Plus Mountain bike if you want to return on arguably the best mountain bike trail in the world. downtown after the hike).
3. What footwear is best for this hike?
Trail running shoes with good tread. For most people, hiking boots are not necessary..
4. What should I wear?
ig layers and a breaker that you can peel off as you heat up during the hike. It's better to over-pack than under-pack because you can assess the weather at the trailhead and leave behind in the van whatever you decide you don't actually need on the hike. Be prepared for cold, wind, and rain but also be prepared for hot and sunny in which case all you'll need is a t-shirt and shorts. If you're hiking in May and want to get to the top, some sort of glove is advised because you might need to claw into melting snow on the headwall just below the summit.
5. Can i store luggage at your store or in the van while i hike?
Yes. There is no charge to store luggage at our store. Items left in the locked van while you hike will be safe.