I typically try to get out and see the sites when I am working away from home. Usually my time is limited to about an hour after work and before sunset. Anvil Mountain was a great option for this criteria.
I followed the directions on Alaska.org to get to the trail. I elected not to take the road. Instead, I turned down Old Glacier Creek Road. There seems to be some sort of query operation in the middle of the road at the time I was there (Fall 2018). There was a brief detour and I had to cross heavy truck traffic and share the road with some large trucks at the bottom part. I quickly wound my way away from the query and to the base of the hike. As described on the website, the road takes a sharp left, at which, there is a large gravel area to park.
While this hike does not require advanced route finding, don’t expect a single continuous trail to guide you to Anvil Rock. Take a moment here and identify some points to help guide you. Looking at the mountain, you can see an ATV trail that goes straight up the side to some rocks. It looks very steep from this angle-it isn’t too bad and the ground is pretty stable. There is a faint singletrack trail that leads out of the looker’s left of the parking lot. Follow it until it fades away and set your sites on the obvious ATV trail. In about a hundred yards, you should meet up with the ATV trail.
Follow the ATV track to the top of the small cliff band where the trail ends. At this point, you should be able to set your sights on Anvil Rock to your right. Walk across the Tundra and find spotty, discontinuous trails until you reach Anvil Rock. Enjoy fantastic views of Nome, the White Alice Antennas, ruins, and the Kigluaik Mountains. I played the “how many dredges can you find” game. Overall, the hike up at a decent pace was about 15-20 minutes. I spent about 20 minutes up top, and about 20 to come down. Overall, it took about an hour at a leisurely pace up and down.
There is also a road that takes you right up to the rock. I climbed on top of it-it is a little exposed. There is a single bolt on top of it-for rappelling down I would guess.