Flattop Trail, the most climbed peak in Alaska, is right here in Anchorage’s backyard.

The flat summit is 1.7-miles from the Glen Alps parking lot, where most climbs begin.

Hikers climb 1,300 feet to the top to see views of the Alaska Range, Chugach Range, Cook Inlet and Anchorage.

The first half of the 1.75-mile trail is a fairly easy, wide gravel path. Past the halfway point, the hike becomes moderate, climbing some fairly steep grades and up railway tie steps.

This eventually gets you up to the saddle, a good place to stop, take a break and evaluate the rest of the climb.

The trail then becomes moderate to difficult as it pushes up a very steep boulder slope over very unclear paths.

The final 100 yards or so are near vertical, scrambling up the rocky face.

What you should know before you go:

  • Be prepared for the weather to change especially at the higher elevations.
  • Bring water to stay hydrated.
  • All ages can hike this hike to the saddle. The scramble is the more difficult area.
  • Stick to the marked trails or it could be dangerous.
  • Bring a cellphone there is phone service along the trail.

Here's a behind the scenes look from the hike:


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