O'Malley Peak Trail

HARD 54 reviews
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O'Malley Peak Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,293 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

river

views

snow

no shade

no dogs

Snow is common year round. Please bring appropriate gear.

1 month ago

If Flat Top is “hard”, this trip to the peak at times is harder, but well worth it. The climb from the Ballpark up the north side to the ridge line is loose gravel and steep so use what vegetation there is to your advantage. Be careful nearing the peak as the north side drop off is extreme.

trail running
1 month ago

Trail is in great condition and easy to follow, most snow has melted by the end of June but I still had to cross waist deep snow in one spot. Lots of unstable rocks so watch what’s above you on the final climb. My dog made it just shy of the top with no trouble. Beautiful view but should have worn running gators for snow and rocks. Took almost 3 hours

3 months ago

This is an easy trail most of the way. I always keep my cramp ons in my bag and i wear gloves. Past the baseball field is a beautiful lake.

3 months ago

starts off easy and then becomes extremely difficult until you reach the ridge line. amazing views. wear a good pair of shoes, it is muddy in the early spring.

11 months ago

Lots of fun, even in the rain

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Longer then expected. Great view.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I love this trail!! Once you reach the end of the Football Field, you'll find Black Lake sitting right underneath O'Malley Peak.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This trail starts off easy and then gets your heart beat racing as you walk up the side of the mountain. It requires good hiking shoes and if needed a hiking stick for additional support. Once you've reached the peak ridge you have incredible views and the hike becomes easier. Be careful for the rocks when it is wet. Coming back down is moderate to difficult on the knees.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

A lot of scree. Wish my boots had better grip. Beautiful views of city

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

i made it to the saddle and back. i would rate the trail as difficult too.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I think this should be labeled as difficult. Certain points were difficult to get up. It will definitely wear you out. Amazing views and lakes along the way.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

This was a great hike, a lot of great views. I was going to follow the main trail map, but when I got to the little lake before hiking up to the peak I went around to the left of the lake and hiked up a ridge. when I hiked down following the map, it's a lot of loose rocks but it's easier than climbing a bunch of jagged rocks.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great hike. Challenging at times due to loose rock terrain toward the peak. Other than that, it's a blast to hike. Gorgeous views at the summit. Probably one of my favorite hikes in the Anchorage bowl. Took me about 4 hours from the parking lot to the summit and back to complete.

trail running
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Awesome run. I will be back for sure

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Very enjoyable hike hard at times yet relaxing at others.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Beautiful hike with great views of the Cook Inlet and valleys. The trail is really well kept, however once the ascending begins, there is a lot of loose gravel on the path, so we kind of went off path and depended on the plants that were along the way to get up and down the peak safely.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

My absolute favorite hike around Anchorage. I hike it every summer. Highly recommend it.

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fantastic Hike, Went from Glen Alps Trailhead up the saddle to Little O'malley. Crossed the ball field then up the saddle between false peak and the beginning of the Ridge to O'Malley Peak. Made a loop out of it by descending to hidden lakes essentially straight down from the summit of O'Malley, then back out via Hidden Lakes Trail and Powerline Pass.

hiking
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Great Hike! We started at little O'malley and did the ridge line up to O'malley. Pretty easy overall but we decided to take the hard way and go straight up on a less used trail. On our way to O'malley we crossed over "False Peak" and we noticed some stakes in the rock. I think it said "MDK" in the middle and some inspirational quote around the edges. I can't remember what they said and o want to know what they are for! I've been searching the Internet for hours and I still have no idea! If you know more about the stakes please let me know!

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

My favorite hike in the anchorage area. I took the Northwest Ridge up to the summit. It is a fairly strenuous hike due to the rapid elevation gain and scrambles over scree and jagged false peaks. There were a lot of people on the trail, most of which dropped out before making the NW Ridge. As far as I could tell, I was one of only six to summit that day. The views are spectacular and easily justify the effort. O'Malley gives you a stunning view of 1) the Cook Inlet and valley below, and 2) the endless peaks that make up the Chugach Range.

trail running
Thursday, April 16, 2015

My favorite peak in the Front Range. It looks scarier than it actually is, with a long run or hike up to the Ballfields, and then a tough scree climb to get to the back side. This is, of course, followed by an endless series of false peaks to get to the actual peak, but the views are so worth it!

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