Flat Top and Blueberry Hill (Anchorage)

Blueberry Hill
Launch: 3200’ MSL
LZ: 2800’ MSL
Vertical: 400’
Horizontal: 1000’ (4:1 Glide)

Flat Top
3800’ MSL
2800’ MSL
1000’
6000’ (6:1 Glide)

Site Description:

Blueberry Hill is a favorite training hill in the Anchorage area. It can be a good ridge soaring site or a thermal release point where flights up to 6000’ MSL have started out.

continue up the well established trail to Flat Top peak. This is likely the most hiked trail and mountain and Alaska, so expect to see many people and have a few spectators surrounding your launch. This is where you perfect kiting and launching skills come in handy as the launch on top can be quite rocky and tricky, depending on wind direction.

Works Best When:

Flying is good with North, Northwest winds. The LZ can be either at the bottom of the immediate hill or to the small gravel pad on the North end of the Glenn Alps Parking Lot. Although the South side of Blueberry Hill is very launchable there is no established LZ.

A south wind launch from the back side of Flat Top is possible, but it is quite a shallow sloped launch (strong running skills are a must). West wind is favored and north winds will have you cross wind launching or 1000’ cliff launching the north side (NOT recommended!). For best thermal potential, look for a late summer afternoon with moderate cumies and a light SW wind. Fly from Flat Top and look for thermals off of Blueberry Hill.

Requirements:

The Arctic Air Walkers pays annual fees to insure this site through USHGA. Contact an Arctic Air Walkers member for information on how to join the club.

Potential Hazards:

  • Beware of strong southeast winds. Do not fly (rotor city)
  • Scrubby trees around the LZ are fairly forgiving, but they’re line-grabbers and will scratch you if you’re not fully protected.
  • Large, sharp boulders on Flat Top are unavoidable and the launch is steep enough to be called a cliff. Strong launching skills are a must for Flat Top.
Getting There:

From the Seward highway, take O'Malley exit east. Turn right on Hillside then left (east) at Upper Huffman. Right at Y, up steep hill, follow road to Glen Alps trail head parking lot ($5/day fee required) and hike a short 15 minutes south east up a well-maintained path to launch Blueberry hill. About five minute into the hike the scrubby trees give way for the LZ. Flat Top is about a 45 minute hike.
This site description is by no means meant to be complete. Contact a local pilot for a briefing before flying any site and fly within your USHGA rating limits.

 

This site description is by no means meant to be complete.  Contact a local pilot for a briefing before flying any site and fly within your USHGA rating limits.

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