Flattop Mountain Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage, AK that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Fun, quick and you get great views. The rocks make for an enjoyable scramble.
A local favorite. Some of the best views in the area, a well marked and pretty heavily traveled trail. I've done it in the middle of winter and in the middle of summer and both seasons offer a different type of hike.
Just hiked this yesterday in the rain. Bring layers. Had to take off the fleece jacket under my rain jacket to hike up but I definitely needed it up on top and wore it on the way down. Even in the rain it was fun. My calves got a good workout. Like everyone else said you are using your hands at the end to climb the rocks to the top. The view would have been better on a sunny day but it was still awesome to be up there and lookout. We were above the low lying clouds which was cool.
One of my favorites! Good year-round, just make sure your hands are free as you'll need to use them to scramble at the top. Top is usually windy (cold!) no matter the season, so bring a jacket. Ice axe is helpful when the snow is thick, katulahs all winter. Go on to Peak 2 and 3 if you are up for more adventure!
Loved this hike. Little slick on the way down and it was a little bit of a challenge. Met really great people. Excellent choice
Definitely a lot of climbing if your not used to it. Not terribly difficult
beautiful hike and views. awesome to pick and eat wild blueberries along the way!
I've hike this trail more times than I can count. It's a 5 on must do but really just a 3 for difficulty.... Depending on how in or out of shape you are and weather conditions could play a factor.
Beautiful trail with amazing views. Their are multiple trails on Flattop. Make sure your ready to walk uphill on some trails. There is so much to see so bring your camera! Great trail for the family and dogs. Make sure you are bear and moose aware.
Beautiful views but very crowded.
I gave it four stars for the lack of trail maintenance. The last 500 ft is a scrabble because the trail disappears and the gravel is very slippery. We found a spur off to the right that was longer but much lass hazardous. And we used it coming down too after taking a peek at the slippery middle straight down.
The view is awesome but you don't have to go to the top to see that. You can look over the back side from the top.
This is a hard trail because of hazardous footing and a lot of elevation change. Not recommended for small children and small dogs.
Great views of Anchorage and the mountain range to the south of Anchorage. This is a relatively short hike compared to the many trail options in the area. It is popular and highly recommended to people visiting Alaska, but on that note it does have a lot of visitors hiking on the trail. The end has a fun beginner rock climb to reach the top. It is easy enough that some people were climbing in flip flops. Reaching the top gives you a sense of accomplishment. The top has excellent views and it is worth the effort to tackle this trail.