For Anchorage visitors without rental cars who want to hike Alaska's most frequently climbed mountain, take the Flattop Mountain Shuttle for $23 per person round-trip. A group of four or more is $21 each. The $1 Chugach State Park user fee is included in the price.
The 15-person passenger van departs downtown at or shortly after 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at noon.)
It takes about 37 minutes to take the longer, scenic route through the University to the trailhead. The van remains parked for 2.5 hours at the trailhead while you hike at your own pace. No guide is needed on this popular, easy to follow trail. After hiking everyone meets back at the van, which then takes a different, faster, more direct route back downtown.
Upon request guests can be dropped off at the Alaska Zoo. The Zoo has its own (free) shuttle to downtown that operates during summer until 9 p.m. No deposit taken to reserve a seat, but if your plans change it is important to call and cancel so they can keep this flexible policy.
The downtown departure/arrival point is 4th Avenue and C St at the Downtown Bicycle Rental.
In a nutshell, this service provides a 30-mile (low key) circuit tour of the Anchorage bowl and an unguided mountain hike above it.
Flattop Mountain Specs
- Alaska's most-frequently climbed mountain.
- Three mile round-trip hike.
- Elevation: 3,550'
- Elevation gain: 1,350'