Mat-Su Borough Park

Lazy Mountain

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The Lazy Mountain trail, despite the name, is an ambitious hike that gains 3,720 in 2.2 miles. The first mile of the trail weaves through mixed forest and fireweed over an unmaintained, steep, packed-dirt path.

Just above tree line about halfway up the hike, a picnic table halfway offers a place to enjoy the stunning views of the Matanuska and Knik valleys.

The second half of the hike traverses alpine tundra, mountain ridge-lines and scree to the summit. With it’s sweeping views, challenging terrain, and proximity to the town of Palmer, Lazy mountain is a perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike. 

This trail is popular for winter hiking. Many people use ‘microspikes’ to maintain footing on ice and packed snow. 

Spring and early summer on the trail may mean muddy conditions. Please check the Mat Su Borough website for trail closures. 

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