Bodenburg Butte is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Alaska and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The path was well marked and the scenery was beautiful. We hiked this during march so it was a bit slippery, but still fantastic!
quick easy hike
Steep and quick climb.
One of my most favorite hikes! Challenging for either side, I prefer the side without stairs. It's a bit daunting at the start, but stick with it and you'll be at the top enjoying spectacular views of Pioneer Peak and the surrounding area in know time.
Good short hike.
Well maintained. Many stairs.
I didn't realize there were two ways up and the map here took us to the more difficult side which I wouldn't really classify as easy in any sense of the word. It was pretty steep from the first step. It ended up being fine, but not quite the warm-up hike we were looking for. View was great at the top. The side we took was very dusty and I slid on a few rocks, but overall, a good time.
Great hike! Fantastic view!
Beautiful view and easy to do. Took my friends golden retriever with me. Saw several young children enjoying themselves on the trail as well.
We did the stair side according to the trail map at the trailhead its 1.2 miles one way and at the top peak has an elevation of 881' Took us 52 minutes to get to the top with 4 small kids walking on their own. About 450ish steps when you get to the stairs! The view was amazing and we hung out at the top for an hour people watching and talking! This is a steep but overall easy hike! Definitely a must do hike!!
Best views for least effort. I recommend doing the stair side (West Butte Trailhead) instead of the side closest to Pioneer Peak. The stair side has nice switch backs and starts in a lovely wooded area. $5 pay to park. Go on a weekday morning for a quiet hike or around noon on a sunny Saturday for great people watching.
I live close and hike the Butte sometimes 3 times a week. Great exercise and beautiful views at the top. For those who haven't hiked the Butte before, please be aware that the track displayed is only one of the trails on the Butte, there are actually 2 of them, and they are quite different.
South Side or Sunny Side
The sunny side trailhead is privately owned and not as crowded as the easier shady side hike. It's on Bodenburg loop, turn onto Bodenburg at the flashing light. Parking area is on the right after Sandvik circle but before you get to the reindeer farm. There is no "on-leash" requirement if you take your dog up the sunny side. The parking fees are reasonable and paid based on the honor's system. No envelope to fill out and no one checking. (This actually motivates me to be extra generous when I pay fees. I like donating to a private family instead of government) This side is much steeper, but you'll reach the top much faster. 15-30 minutes and you'll be at the top. You'll want to be in reasonably good shape if you are going to hike this side. I see people struggling on the sunny side, or sometimes turning back because they were expecting the laid back shady hike their friends have told them about, but took the wrong trail.
North Side or Shady Side
The shady side is also off of Bodenburg loop, but is closer to the north end of Bodenburg (closer to Palmer) Turn on the north end of Bodendurg then take a left on Mothershead. Parking area is on the right. The shady side takes much longer to reach the top (45-60 minutes). The parking area is usually crowded or full. The borough has cracked down in the past few years and charges well for parking and enforces it. On a weekend, you usually end up parking on the street and still have to pay a fee to avoid a citation. During the hike there are nice little benches to sit on and the second half of the hike now consists almost completely of wood steps. There is a lot more shade and a clearly defined trail. It's a much more laid back hike, and is probably better for kids. If you don't hike much this is definitely the side of the Butte you want to try first.
The hike was short and sweet and the wind was very cooperative for paragliding. Amazing view to drift in the wind with; you'll find Knik Glacier on the left, Pioneer Ridge and Twin Peaks in the middle and the marshes on the right.
This trail was so worth the hike. Lots of stairs and we packed a one year old so a little tiring but very doable. Would hike this trail over and over.
It was a good trail with moderate slope for a short hike. Anyone will enjoy a sunny day at the summit.
Took the steep way up (trail without the stairs). The trail was pretty easy and quick. A great hike for children and you get a view of knik glacier in the background.