Near Point

A local go-to for a steep workout with rewarding views.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
11 km
Ascent
717 m
Descent
717 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
287 m
High Point
914 m
Gradient
16˚
Near Point Map

Near Point is a ultimately a bump on the greater front of the Chugach, but makes a worthy summit for those uninitiated to the steep trails of this range. Near Point is tall enough to make a strenuous workout and to reward with big views over Anchorage, but short enough that locals often tag it before or after work.

Description

Starting from Prospect Heights trailhead (or an alternate start at Basher Drive), the trail takes some ups and downs through forest and clearings. It soon finds good views over the city and the inlet, but the vantage only gets better going up. After passing an obvious 4-way junction where the trail to Wolverine Peak turns off, the trail to Near Point begins to steepen.

Soon you’ll leave the forest behind, and the path weaves through shrubby alders as it aims up the ridgeline. The terrain becomes quite steep and a bit loose in places, but with no real fall hazards. Keep pushing upward and soon enough you’ll reach the top. From there you’ll enjoy a 360-degree vista dominated by Wolverine Peak on one side, and a birds-eye view of Anchorage on the other. You’ll likely want to idle on the comfortable summit to take it all in.

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area