Bodenburg Butte

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Bodenburg Butte is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

private property

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

So I saw someone say the west side is the steep side that is INCORRECT it's the WEST side that has the stairs and parking lot. People need to keep their dogs leashed and be mindful that it's a small narrow trail with recent sightings of a bear. Also pick up your dog crap it's inconvenient to step in it. Be mindful of other people and respectful of the location, stay on the trail and don't litter. There was wrappers and garbage scattered about at the top. It was beautiful don't get me wrong. I just would like to keep it that way.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice, short hike. Easy to do with kids. Good for after work. The first part on the hard side winded me a bit, but was easy afterward and the view is great.

hiking
2 months ago

Known to locals as The Butte, the Bodenburg Butte Trail can be accessed from either side of the butte. I recommend parking on the north side of the butte which includes about 500 stairs and a more winding approach to the top vs the west side which is quite steep. From the north side take the Old Glenn Hwy to Bodenburg Loop to Mothershead Ln and park about 1/4 mile down the road in a fee area. Don't leave your car parked anywhere else but in the designated lot. If you want to take the steeper route take the Old Glenn Highway to the Bodenburg Loop on the south side of the butte and park in the designated area which is about 1/4 mile off the Old Glenn. If you go to the Reindeer Farm, you went just a bit too far. The Butte offers near 360 degree views of Palmer, the Knik Glacier and surrounding area. If it is a clear day the pictures should be fabulous. All ages are appropriate from the northern access, although, you will have to help or carry the little ones for the part where you have to use the ropes to hoist up.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is a moderately used short trail on private property within the town of Butte Alaska. The land owners are generous enough to allow public access to hike the Butte. There is a fee tube at the parking area, and a payment of 3 dollars per vehicle is requested. (I think it was 10 dollars for buses) The trail itself is steep and dusty, basically a strait climb up the Butte. The trail becomes heavily braided in parts but most the side trails seem to lead to the top. Depending on which braid in the trail you take you may have a small scrabble about 3/4 of the way up. At the top there is a bench and you are afforded a good view of the Kink and Matanuska rivers, the Kink glacier and the town of Butte. The top can be windy, so plan accordingly. Pet and kid friendly in my opinion.

3 months ago

It's a steep climb, but short! The view is amazing!

3 months ago

awesome looking at the knik glacier.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

The directions on this bring you to the steeper side, not the side with the stairs. However, it's a very short hike and steep, but not that bad. Great views at the top. Wasn't too crowded, but I went on a weekday late afternoon. I can tell this trail gets crowded at times.

3 months ago

I love the trail. Too many dogs and several not on a leash. This could injure someone trying to climb the stairs. Lots of dog poop on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

505 stairs makes this trail more moderate for those not used to hiking. The West trail, is easier but less opportunity for scenic views. Not a lot of parking available and fee payment and towing is enforced.

4 months ago

I love this hike! I will be honest, I'm not in the best shape I've ever been in but if you plan on hiking up the Butte with a pretoddler in your hiking packs, it will be a very hard but rewarding trek to the top! If you have a toddler perfectly capable of walking for distances before getting tired, this is a great workout for them! The view, in all angles, is just breathtaking. Like a few other comments say, crowds kind of kill the "be one with nature" mood but it's always a great hike!

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago