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nebbenTons of teenagers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2009

nebben

We got one of the last spots in the TH parking lot. We must have passed 100000 teenagers that were in various states of trying to out-cool each other (iPod in hand, polo shirt collar up, flip flops, reeking of cologne).

Still we enjoyed every bit of the hike, and were rewarded with the brief scramble just below the top. We hung out on top until nearly sunset, after the crowds left. On the way to the car, we spotted 3 moose, 1 that blocked progress to the TH. We watched the sunset from the viewpoint after the TH, up on the knoll. Celebratory beers ensued.

BTW, I had climbed this once or twice as a young kid, but I have little recollection of it, especially of the scrambling.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 8:42 am

2skinnersSuccess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009

2skinners

Tried this one earlier in the year when there was still a fair amount of snow and I had horrible shoes for hiking and ended up turning around since horrible tennis shoes and exposed snow fields don't mix well. Met this one with success; the last section of rock is pretty exposed but there are excellent hand holds and foot holds, so as long as you keep your eyes forward and don't look down, it is pretty doable if exposure bothers you. Nice hike, but there are some better ones right outside of town.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 7:32 am

bellinghamclimberMy first Alaskan Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2009

bellinghamclimber

I just moved up to the Anchorage and Flattop Mountain proved to be a nice way to get out and see some nice viewsof the Chugach Range. Lots of ash from Mt. Redoubt all over the snowfields.
Posted May 11, 2009 12:22 am

TLPthere's always Flattop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

TLP

I started the day climbing Penguin Peak, and had to turn back because of some snowfields I didn't want to cross by myself. So I drove along the Seward Highway and took in some sights. I decided to go and do Flattop real quick before dinner with my family later. I started at 2:20 in the aftrenoon, and was back down by 4:10 pm. You can make it to the top in under an hour. There was a lot of people there, but it wasn't that bad. I was expecting it, so it is what it is. Some rain started to make it's way over while I was on the summit, so I hurried back down. People were still heading up in the rain, but it was just a summer shower, though by the time I made it back to the house in Anchorage it was a thunderstorm, so...
Posted Aug 20, 2008 7:11 pm

dswinkGreat hike with nice views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2005

dswink

Nice hike with a challenging summit scramble. Hard to believe this mount presents avalanche hazards in the winter.
Posted Mar 10, 2008 2:52 am

jimeganFlattop Mtn  Sucess!

jimegan

Climbed on several occasions while living in Anchorage on Sidoroff Lane between 1982-5
Posted Feb 17, 2008 7:17 pm

Vagabond ManifestoChugach  Sucess!

Vagabond Manifesto

Great hike on a beautiful day. Had the whole mountain to myself on the way up. Continued on to Peak Two and Peak Three. Wanted to go farther but had to get back to Anchorage for breakfast!
Posted Jan 29, 2008 3:50 pm

velodurtBurning the midnight oil...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2004

velodurt

Hiked this mountain in July of 2004...beginning our hike at 9pm in perfect daylight! Cool views from the summit and a great way to end an amazing Alaskan adventure! Pics and trip report can be found here Natural Born Hikers-Flattop Mountain Enjoy!
Posted Dec 3, 2007 4:10 pm

rkymtnFrom Glen Alps TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2007

rkymtn

A quick hike which yielded great views of Anchorage and nearby peaks. The scramble to the summit added some fun to this otherwise uneventful climb. I had the summit to myself, which was a pleasant departure from what was expected.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 12:37 am

WeatherManClassic Into To AK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2004

WeatherMan

If you are ever visiting the Anchorage area and have a few hours to get a hike in, this is the one for you! It's fairly easy, and offers some fantastic views of the Anchorage Bowl and the surrounding peaks like Foraker, Susitna and Denali to name a few.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 5:27 pm

hgrapidFlattop at Sunset  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

hgrapid

Gorgeous views and 50 degree temperatures. Started from the parking area at 8:15pm and reached the summit at 8:48pm, but only because I ran some of the trail. It was windy at the summit, but not too cold.
Posted Aug 27, 2007 2:12 pm

longroperGreat View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

longroper

At 20 minutes from my home, it can't be beat. Easy climb with a bit of a scramble for the last 200ft. Great views of surrounding peaks. If you're lucky enough to go on a clear day it's possible to see McKinley if you know what you are looking for. Lots of people mistake it for a cloud formation on the horizon. Very crowded on a nice day though.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 11:11 pm

Steve GruhnMany times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 1978
I first hiked up Flattop Mountain as part of a Hanshew Junior High School cross-country running team practice. We went the standard route. Many subsequent trips have occurred, some from the Canyon Road trailhead and some from the Powerline Trail to the north. A recent trip was on September 30, 2006, with my five-year-old niece for her second ascent of the mountain. I climbed Flattop Mountain again on March 14, 2008, and again on May 10, 2008.
Posted Jul 20, 2007 3:19 pm

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