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Flattop Mountain Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 1,430 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow No shade
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This is an awesome hike in Anchorage with incredible views the whole way up! Note: Near the summit is a rock climb and with the snow it can be very tricky and dangerous. If you have young kids wait until the end of May or beginning of June to go.

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Michael Howard
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HikingIcySnow

Amazing after work hike. It was snowing pretty hard so visibility got low but the trail is visible all the way up.

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Chris Morlang
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Stephanie Wade
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Hiking

Little bit of snow which made trail pretty slick.

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Matt Lindsley
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Hiking

Scrambled to the top and slippery on descent.

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Viresh Gehlawat
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HikingRockyScramble

Quite windy up there. Expect to scramble for the last 0.1 miles before the peak. Easy to get lost close to the summit

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Amanda Pomeroy
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we love this trail! we used to go all the time when the kids were young. a favorite!

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Kimberly Brooke
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

This was my first visit to Alaska and my group started with this trail. It was absolutely beautiful. It was muggy and rainy the day we hiked but it honestly made the views so much better. There was a lot of fog around us that made for really epic pictures. I would rate this hike as moderate. There were definately a few difficult areas, I would say the wooden stairs were challenging because it was rainy and muddy so we were slipping on the stairs which was dangerous on incline. The most difficult area was the rock climb towards the summit. Every time we thought we were getting closer to the flag at the summit we still had a long ways to go lol. But the views were incredible with all the fog surrounding us. Once we made it to the summit we were so happy. Because of all the fog, it looked like we were on the edge of the earth. It was absolutely amazing. Would definitely do this trail again if given the opportunity. The trail took us a total of 5 hours start to finish. We took much longer than most because we stopped to take pictures and we spent about an hour at the summit.

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Suzanna Wenger
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Rock climbing

This was a pretty good hike. Good view and it wasn’t too challenging until the top part where you are essentially rock climbing so be prepared!

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Chris Crutchfield
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Sierra Meriya
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HikingRocky

Very difficult for us southerners. We didn’t realize we’d be “rock climbing”. Be prepared. Wear face coverings, gloves, jackets. It’s super windy up top to the point we were being blown down haha! Very difficult. Great workout. The views were worth it. Took us 2 hours to get to the top. Keeping on path was difficult at times as it’s so rocky. We saw a momma bear and her cubs at the very top looking down. I can barely move now bc it was such a workout! But totally worth it.

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Felicia Gresso
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Hiking

Hit the trail yesterday. Saw 2 moose napping on the side of the mountain. Just over 2 hours round trip, all the way to the top. It was VERY windy at the top, kind of scary. Excellent workout.

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Caroline Potolicchio
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HikingGreat!
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Sydney Zenger
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Great view. Didn’t finish it all but we liked what we did

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C H
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Do NOT, i repeat do NOT hike this trail when it us raining and super windy! I learned that the hard way! Also, this is not moderate. Perhaps because of the weather conditions, but I’d say it is more on the difficult side. I also agree with the other hiker about the view being the same from the parking. I hated it lol

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Ryan Donahue
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View from the top essentially the same as from the parking lot. The second half of the trail from the stairs on is exceptionally difficult so I disagree with the moderate rating. Took just under 2 hours start to finish.

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Cristopher Mendoza
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HikingGreat!

Very very easy and beautiful! I give it 4 stars cause coming down is difficult, I always skip and at least once.

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Thor Vue
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HikingGreat!

Enjoyable hike. The stairs of death and small scramble at the top was really fun. Views are amazing too. God’s view of Anchorage and the inlet.

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Sara Steele
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Christine McPhee
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Harder than I expected for a trail rated moderate, but worth it. The views were fantastic. Fall is kicking in so the colors were astounding. It was very cold and windy up top. Dress warm. Also, be prepared. It’s much more of a scramble at the top than I thought it would be. There’s no defined trail so you’re left picking your way around little “trails” all over the place. Not for the faint-hearted getting to the very top.

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Jake Cavaiani
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Kristina Boedtger
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Kayla Schreck
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The trail was amazing! Nicely kept and very clear where to go.

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Madison Belisle
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Amazing views! A good amount harder then I expected, but worth the views at the top!

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