Government Peak Recreation Area
Government Peak Recreation Area offers hiking, walking, mountain biking, as well as some of the Borough's finest groomed Nordic skiing trails, all beginning at the Government Peak Chalet, which has restroom and water-fountains when open. There is also an outdoor outhouse.
Two hiking trails venture onto Government Peak itself - the strenuous Government Peak Race Trail and the gentler Blueberry Knoll Trail. The five mile Backcountry Horseman Trail and the Carle Wagon trail allow both equines and hiking. Mountain bikers will enjoy 4+ miles of single-track biking on the Fireweed and Fiddlehead trails. These single track biking trails are groomed for winter fat-biking by from Mat Valley Bikers and Hikers. (https://vmbah.wildapricot.org)
The area offers 9 miles of wide, looping trails through the boreal forest. In summer, these are grassy paths perfect for walking and running. In winter, trails are groomed for Nordic skiing by the Mat Su Ski Club and about half are lighted for night time use. All but one of the groomed ski trails are reserved for skiing only during winter months. The 1.32 mile Pioneer Loop allows walking, dogs, skijoring, fat bike riding, and snowshoeing during winter. Snow conditions are variable, please check https://www.matsuski.org/grooming for information on trail closures.
A parking fee of $5 per vehicle, or a $40 annual pass is required at this trailhead.
Parking passes can be purchased at trailhead or through this link. https://ecommerce.matsugov.us/Pages/CD/AnnualParking.aspx