Flattop Mountain Shuttle
In Anchorage, Alaska on 4th Ave between C & D
at Downtown Bicycle Rental
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How to hike Flattop Mountian in Anchorage, Alaska

Driver explains how to hike Flattop in the parking lot.  You will also receive a handout explaining the hike so that there's no doubt where to go and when to return.

Click here for the handout/directions on how to hike Flattop. 

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Glen Alps trailhead, Chugach State Park, Anchorage, AK

The parking lot and the short, paved "Overlook Trail" from the north side of Flattop's Blueberry Hill Trail.

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Hiking in Anchorage, Alaska

Two hikers discuss what route to take on a section of the headwall.  The rest of the hike including the loop around Blueberry Hill, and the parking lot are in the background below.  

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The headwall is so much fun!  It is solid rock so there is very firm footing.  If you find it too steep, no worries, turn around whenever and wherever you like.

Hikers pick their routes along the headwall just below Flattop's peak.

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Unguided hiking in Anchorage, Alaska

While driving to the trailhad, some make new friends in the van and then hike together.  Others prefer to hike alone.  Hiking to Flattop's "broad summit has long been the classic afternoon hike near Anchorage."  55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska.  

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Hking in Anchorage Alaska

Flattop in fall.

 


 

 


  

 

O'Malley Peak. Hiking in Alaska.

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Elevation: 5,150 feet. A less-traveled alternative hike directly across the valley from Flattop.  It takes the average hiker 2.5 hours to summit and 1.5 hours to descend. If you've already hiked Flattop and want something different, O'Malley Peak is your next best choice.

From the parking lot walk down the trail between the caretaker's cabin and Flattop's introductory steps. The trails merge at the Powerline trail. Take a right. Take your first left off of the Powerline trail. Hike down, cross bridge, walk on boardwalk and then take a quick right on a narrow sometimes muddy trail. Shortly after taking this right, the trail curves and takes you where you wanted to go when looking up from below. When you summit the first ridgeline, take a right. Keep going.
 
As you can see from the pictures below, awesome views await. Monitor the clock and stick to the turnaround time so you get back to the shuttle on time. If you don't want to worry about time, the Hike/Bike Combo allows you to hike as further and longer.


Boardwalk and bridge over creek near start of O'Malley trail facing Flattop.

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Ridgeline mountain running.

Looking west from O'Malley's spine.  Powerline trail is on left.  Parking lot is visible after clicking on "View."  A fast hiker can make it to where this photo was taken in one hour.

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A tour of Anchorage and a hike abovie it.

Downtown Anchorage and Knik Arm framed by rocks along O'Malley trail.

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Powerline Trail. A flat, easy hike in Anchorage, AK.

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If your knees can't handle hiking up and down Flattop, this very wide and flat trail is a pleasant way for non-hikers to experience Chugach State Park.

East of the parking, for about 3-miles, there are numerous peaks on either side of the Powerline trail.

Hiking in Anchorage, Alaska Powerline trail looking east or going up.  Bottom of Flattop's northern flank is on right.

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Hiking in Anchorage, Alaska

North fork of Campbell Creek meanders in the bottom of valley next to Powerline Trail.  View from Flattop's north flank.

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