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Flattop Mountain Trail, Anchorage

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Reward yourself with some of the best views in Alaska on Flattop Mountain Trail. Located in the Chugach State Park, Flattop is one the most popular and frequently explored areas in the state. The hiking trail takes you to the top of the mountain where, on a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. McKinley. The trail is 2.7 km (1.7 mi) long in one direction, with an elevation gain of 396 m (1,300 ft). While the first half of the trail climbs gradually, the second half is much steeper and may require some rock-climbing skills. The trail has no accessible water source, so be sure to bring enough water, as well as a windproof jacket for the strong winds at the peak. With our custom trip planner, Anchorage attractions like Flattop Mountain Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A couple of trails to explore. One short and one longer one. Easy to get there and the vistas help you comprehend the layout of Anchorage.  more »
  • I went to the October 19, 2017, when the weather temperature-6 degrees C or so, the off-season has been not too many people. It's easy to start with a slow slope, more and more steep and the road is becoming more and more unclear, close to the top of the mountain has already accumulated snow, I see no way out and need to use the hands and feet to climb up, think of this downhill will be very slippery very dangerous, decided at the end of the matter to be discarded. Many people are relaxed and happy up the mountain and down the mountain, as if there is grass to fly the kung fu, may be I am too big to be surprised, but I finally abandoned the roof! Still good today, no clouds, from the hillside can see very beautiful scenery. The advice is going to be summer, or have a mountain experience, I see review said there is another way, may be easier!
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  • This hike was much more challenging than I thought it was. It probably didn't help that I haven't done much mountain hiking, so I didn't really know what to expect or came prepared. Had I known, I wou...  more »

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