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Beautiful hike with great views of suicide peaks! I see people mountain biking this trail alot also.

I did this hike a couple summers ago. It was a tough hike but was totally worth it especially on a clear day. I did it in late August and a flock of about 30 sandhill cranes flew over top of us as they were heading back south for the winter.

Great trail to get a workout on

My favorite hike

The view is phenomenal. Hike is hard, so it'd be better if one is physically active.
Carry good amount of food and water and avoid hiking in rain if you don't have proper supplies.

1 month ago

Hiked on 2-10-2018 for the first time. Just moved here from GA, no experience with hiking at all. This was our first hike here in Alaska.

It took my boyfriend and I about 3 hours to complete. We brought our 10 month old in the baby backpack. We kept a nice slow pace, pushing through a couple times on the steeper parts. Weather was nice, however the sun was not out this day. Once we got about 100 yards to the summit I decided to hang back on the rocks with baby. Basically 2 options to the summit - fresh deep snow or rock scrambling. I was not comfortable with either. Boyfriend did reach the top. It started snowing and was quite foggy at this point. Still a beautiful experience. We wore our micro spikes for extra traction - not much ice at all. However we found ourselves wishing we had trekking poles. Met 5 pairs of hikers along the way, 3 of those brought their dogs along. It was a great time.

Simply amazing. Completed on 2-10-18 at the peak of winter! Slight overcast in the morning, but a great day weather-wise. After you make it to the rock pyramid it's a whole new ball game...we hit the summit (being led by mountain goats part of the way) and could see O'Malley, Tikishla, Mount Williwaw, Knoya Point, and 'ol trusty Rusty. Mt. Susitna was clearly visable, and was another reference as to how far back you have to go to reach the peak.Views were spectacular! You really get to step back and see Anchorage and Fire Island in a picturesque manner. McKinley (Denali) and Foraker were veiled...

Ussally do this a couple times a year. Super windy up top but not to icy. Kathoolas still recommend.

great hike , a lot snow , some parts icy but I general great hike and the view amazing!!

It’s a nice trail..tons of berries and gorgeous landscape

Astounding views

Busy winter trail with many fat tire bikers. First few miles are easy, but the last mile to Near Point Peak is hard. Overall great hike, great views, and great workout.

3 months ago

Wonderful trail with great views. a little bear activity on the trail but no issues. This is a must do if you are in the area.

3 months ago

Great Hike with great views of Denali on a clear day, the top had a little rock scrambling. Some young GIs had climbed the same day to change out the american flag.

nice steady climb. scenic views overlooking anchorage and fire Island. watch for loose rocks towards the end.

Hiked this trail in June of 2015, not too difficult but pretty steep as you near the top, and looser rocks too. It was a nice hike and offered a good view of Anchorage.

Can bike to the end of the Wolverine trail cut off from Prospect parking lot.

on Flattop Mountain Trail

4 months ago

great. snow there on the top of Mount.

We had done this in 2015 July and this remains the most beautiful hike I have done till date. It's tiring but the views are breathtaking!

4 months ago

Great day trip. Nothing but steep incline so have your legs rested and ready. Well maintained until you get past Marmot Meadows, then the snow makes it a little difficult to stay on the trail. Well worth the effort to go all the way up, the view from the end of the trail over the ice fields is spectacular. Just keep pushing!

5 months ago

It can be a bit of a struggle after the first few miles, but the end is really rewarding.

So living in anchorage I usually avoid this trailhead. It attracts lots of tourists so it’s a little overcrowded for my taste, but still a great hike. I went mid day during some crappy weather, and so glad I did! Not many people were around and the “rain” was just light showers that would come and go and the clouds would part, didn’t even need my hood on..yet anyway. Beautiful colors since it’s towards the end of fall, steady incline in the beginning but i wouldn’t say it’s too hard. Lots of stairs before hitting the rock climbing. There was snow at the time and started snowing while I
Was up there. Absolutely amazing and glad I took my chance. Still had nice views when the clouds would part. The hike was just a blast

5 months ago

Great half day hike. Saw lots of moose! Went during fall and the colors were amazing

5 months ago

Amazing. Thankfully had good weather, cold but that’s expected. Pretty tough hike but so beautiful and totally worth it.

5 months ago

Great trail system. Paved most of the way to the head of the glacier, but then becomes rock hiking on large black boulders which can be slick when wet. Unless you hike the quarter mile or so to the toe of the glacier (which can only be done in dry conditions so you don't sink into mud and freezing glacial runoff), you won't get to see the glacier up close. The signs displaying the years indicating where the glacier was, will show that in 2005 and 2010, it was much closer to the trail than it is now. At the end of the trail, I still had to use my camera zoom to get a decent picture. Binoculars will help you appreciate the beauty and power of Exit Glacier, as well as ponder our future as stewards of nature.

Beautiful hike with varied topography and views. Starts out quite steep with switchbacks among the trees. Plateau's at marmot meadows which put me in mind of the Shire in the Hobbit :) Sadly we didn't see any marmots (or hobbits). This place is a great place to eat lunch, take pictures of the glacier and surrounding mountains, or turn around. In fact, the view of the glacier from here is the closest you will get for the rest of the hike. It also gets more steep after this, so be prepared for gusty wind, rocky trails, and no tree cover from here on out. Beyond the meadows, you climb to the alpine zone where all vegetation disappears. Along the way you get great views of the whole glacial valley, cross a few streams, and even see a black bear high on the mountain above you eating berries if you're lucky. Bring binoculars! In the alpine zone, the trail becomes harder to follow since it's basically just rocks. The little orange flags that are supposed to mark the trail have been blown over or buried, so it was anyone's guess where the trail was. Other hiking groups would wander a different way and when they found an orange flag or a flattened section that could be a trail, they would shout out and let the others know. Near the top, there is a wooden emergency shelter that is basically the size of a large outhouse with no amenities in it. But in an emergency, this little shelter would save a life. The end of the trail is about a mile or so from the shelter. There is no official trail sign and there are many social paths near the summit where people are free to take pictures or look over the edge to the glacier below. The icefield stretches ahead of you and is a beauty to behold. This is another instance where you'd need your binoculars because viewing the cracks/crevices of the glacier and icefield are very cool when viewed up close where you can see the blue streaks. Note that the summit is far above Exit Glacier, and it is rocky with a few cliffs in order to actually climb down to the glacier itself. It's likely possible but I would never attempt it, not to mention that it's off-trail and not allowed. Finally, take care while hiking on any steep section of alpine rocks (I believe they are shale or slate) as they are not held into place and easily slide beneath your feet. Overall, wonderful hike and recommended to people who have the whole day to spend and who are in good physical condition. Turning around at Marmot Meadows is another option and would make for just as great of a hike :)

Great trail, watch your step and bring water
views are amazing

Highly-trafficked but very accessable. bring a hat and jacket for the top as it can get very windy! Great views on the Inlet and beyond on a nice day. I recommend doing this trail as a sunset hike, bring a headlamp and avoid to crowds for a golden-hour view of the Chugach. It isn't a long hike but it is moderately strenuous during the last ascent. Make a day of it and explore the ridge lines beyond Flattop towards Ptarmigan

Beautiful day! 8/27/17 Didn’t stay at the lake long as it was very windy.

This was a beautiful but challenging hike. I was the first one on the trail in the morning so on the way up I had it all to myself, however on the way back down many tired faces asked how much longer. Worth the incline.

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