O'Malley Peak Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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O'Malley Peak Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3179 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

no dogs

4 months ago

Lots of fun, even in the rain

hiking
6 months ago

Longer then expected. Great view.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

hiking
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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