Summary: The trail starts with a wooden staircase and switchbacks through hemlock until reaching the alpine tundra at Blueberry hill. The last few hundred feet are steep & rocky. The views are great from the top of the 3550 ft peak. On clear days Mt. McKinley and Mt Redoubt can easily be seen. If so desired a person can continue along the ridge to the southeast to the next two peaks, elevations 3658 ft. and 4111 ft. During the summer and winter solstice the Mountaineering Club of Alaska holds overnight camp-outs on the summit, despite the lack of water.
Rated easy-moderate due to the elevation gain in the short distance and bad trail conditions near the top. The trail holds several potential hazards. Exercise extreme caution as you approach the summit. Several hikers have been seriously injured after slipping on the loose rocks and falling off the side. Stay between the markers that are set near the summit.
Novices may have problems. Not recommended for small children.
Trailhead: Drive south on the New Seward Highway and take the O'Malley road exit and head east. Drive about 4 miles and take a right onto Hillside drive. Drive approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Upper Huffman Road, and drive .7 miles to a three way intersection, turn right onto Toilsome Hill Drive. Go about 2 miles to the Glen Alps parking area, the trailhead is on the left.
The Flattop Trail is found by climbing the stairs on the southeast side of the parking area. (Lat:61.1 Lon:-149.68)
Trail Guides for Flattop Mountain Trail:
55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
by Nienhueser and Wolfe (Mountaineers Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Chugach State Park (907) 345-5014
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Irene Lee, who has posted 1 other hike on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by CB on 9/10/2016
Views, great exercise, scary towards the end climbing up the rocks.
Reviewed by Viewer on 2/14/2012
Went to summit on 2/14/12. windswept with mixed ice, snow, and bare rock. bring ice axe and crampons. Did it in hiking boots but was kick stepping last 400 feet and top is very icy. The snow has not melted and is quite windswept.
Reviewed by Sjc on 4/27/2011
Looking to go up today anyone know how far the snow has melted to yet?
Reviewed by Peter on 1/30/2011
If you're visiting Anchorage and don't have a car but want to hike Flattop, the Flattop Mountain Shuttle provides van transportation between downtown and the trailhead for $22 round-trip. On the shuttle's website www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com there are dozens of photos and lots of helpful information.
Reviewed by Viewer on 9/12/2010
The trail is very popular. Start early to ensure a parking spot. Once at the top, the ridge ahead awaits. You soon leave the crowds behind as a small trail winds its way along the ridge. Only occassional mild scrambling but plenty of up and down. You can head back from the final peak but it there is some scree down to Ptarmigan pass. From there either head up Ptarmigan peak - again only mild scrambling but slightly more serious. Alternatively head left and down a faint track past a small tarn to the Powerline trail. The way down again is a bit slippy and loose. You can always head right from Ptarmigan pass and this is the easiest way back. Running the ridge and Ptarmigan peak and back one day took 2.45 hrs. Walking will be slower!
Reviewed by TBO on 8/28/2010
I hiked this trail for the first time as a work outing. I'm by no means a hiker and don't own any of the proper gear. I took on this trail with jeans, running shoes and a few layers against the weather. It was raining lightly with an tempature of about 55 degrees. I honestly had a great time. It was NOT easy, and at some points I wanted to stop and turn around but I pressed on and got a great reward. The veiw from top was Amazing! The last 500 feet or so was a rocky uphill climp but once again well worth it. Would recommend it for sure.
Reviewed by Steve on 8/22/2010
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Reviewed by Eric on 8/15/2010
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