Mat-Su Borough Park

West Bodenburg Butte

All Year

Bodenburg Butte is the Mat-Su valleys’ most popular hike – for good reason. A moderately steep, well-constructed trail leads two miles to the top of Bodenburg Butte, where one can experience stunning 360 views of the Knik glacier, Pioneer Peak, Talkeetna Mountains and valley farms below.

The trail begins a wide path through boreal forest with periodic benches and interpretive signs, then reaches sets of stairs that switchback uphill. A dusty path through rose bushes and small trees reaches the open, rocky top of the Butte. Great photo opportunities can be had from the summit. When descending, be sure to hike down the way you came up. A variety of unmaintained trails descend the opposite side.

The trail can be hiked in winter or summer. Winter conditions can be icy – consider bringing ice cleats.

Directions: From N. Glenn Hwy take Bodenburg Loop. Drive .5 miles and turn left onto Mothershead Ln, parking area will be on left in .3 miles. 

Gate: The gate at the bottom of Mountain Trails Drive opens at 8 am and closes at 10 pm.

Parking: This is a Mat-Su Borough Trailhead and requires a $5 single use day pass, or an annual parking pass.

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