Hike Peak 2 Trail in Anchorage, Alaska

Peak 2 Trail is an easy hiking trail in Anchorage, Alaska and it makes a great alternative to Flattop Mountain nearby.

From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the city and surrounding Chugach Mountains.

In this post, I’m going to share how to hike Peak 2 in Anchorage via the Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead.

Hike Peak 2 in Anchorage

Trail Summary

Traditional Land: Dena’ina (Visit Native-Land.ca to identify whose land you live, work, and play on.)
Distance: 3.15 miles roundtrip
Time: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,795 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Season: May to October
Dogs: Yes

Quick Tips

  • Hike can be accessed from Glen Alps Trailhead and Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead
  • Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead has limited parking

How to Get to Peak 2 Trail in Anchorage

  1. From the Seward Highway, take the O’Malley Road exit heading East
  2. Turn right onto Hillside Drive
  3. Turn left onto De Armoun Road/Upper De Armoun Road
  4. Keep right to continue on Canyon Rd
  5. Slight left to stay on Canyon Road
  6. Continue onto Upper Canyon Road
  7. Continue onto Highland Road / Canyon Road

Limited parking is available at the Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead. A toilet is available to use on-site.

Peak 2 Route Map

peak 2 hike route map

From the Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead

You can access the Peak 2 trail from Glen Alps Trailhead via Flattop Mountain or via Flattop Sunnyside Trail. However, I’m going to cover hiking Peak 2 via Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead.

flattop sunnyside trailhead sign
flattop sunnyside trailhead

You’ll start your hike to Peak 2 by following the Flattop Sunnyside Trailhead. This is a maintained trail and very easy to follow.

flattop sunnyside trail

Up the Switchbacks

You’ll notice a couple of trail markers along the trail. Continue to follow in the direction of Flattop Sunnyside Trail.

flattop sunnyside trail to peak 2 anchorage

After about 0.4 miles, you will start to follow a series of switchbacks. The trail has a constant elevation gain.

flattop sunnyside trail to peak 2

After the first mile, the switchbacks end and you’ll follow the trail to the left towards Flattop Mountain.

Peak 2 Summit

Once you reach the “Y” where the trail splits, stay right. Staying left will take you to the summit of Flattop.

Continue hiking up the last climb along the ridge before the summit. From the summit of Peak 2, you can enjoy views of Anchorage and the surrounding Chugach Mountains.

Peak 2 is a 3.15 mile out-and-back hiking trail and it gains 1,795 feet of elevation along the way. It takes about two hours to complete this hike.

peak 2 summit anchorage
hike peak 2 trail anchorage

Beyond Peak 2

There are plenty of options to continue beyond Peak 2 for a longer day hike. You can follow the ridge and head towards Peak 3, Peak 4, and Flaketop Peak or Flattop Mountain.

When you’re hiking along the Flattop Sunnyside Trail, you’ll notice a trail that goes through the valley to the right. This is the trail that goes directly up to Peak 3.

hike peak 3 anchorage alaska

Happy hiking!


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Do you have any questions about hiking Peak 2? Let me know in the comments.

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