West Bodenburg Butte
Trail in West Butte Park
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.
Rules & Regulation
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.asp