Backside Flattop Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,573' 480 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,498' 1,066 m
Low: 1,925' 587 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A safer alternative to the Flattop Peak Trail.”— Abe H
Flattop Mountain is the most summitted mountain in Anchorage, and for some reason, the primary trail to the summit (via Glen Alps) may be the most dangerous approach. While there are a few different ways to reach the top of Flattop from Canyon Road, after extensive trail rerouting was concluded in 2017, there is now a primary trail that runs up the south slopes of Peak 2 to the southeast slopes of Flattop. New signage has been posted at the trailhead and along the trail.
The new route is said to be more sustainable and has really mellowed out the steepness of the trail. While still steep, the trail used to have an incline of 1,600 feet of gain per mile, but now it is closer to 1,000 feet of gain per mile.
The Backside Flattop Trail begins at the base of Peak 2, just beyond the gate on Canyon Road but before you get to the end of the road for the Rabbit Creek Trailhead. The new switchbacks take you through the alders and up into the alpine to the saddle between Flattop and Peak 2. Heading northwest takes you to Flattop and heading east takes you to Peak 2.
This trail has an intermediate rating due to its grade.
Land Manager: Alaska DNR - Parks and Outdoor Recreation