Bodenburg Butte

EASY 123 reviews

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
669 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

private property

3 days ago

Amazing trail! We hiked the “hard side” and had a blast!

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4 days ago

Not sure if I would rate this as easy. wasn't too bad, steeper than expected for an "easy" trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Challenging trail for distance , mostly incline , good workout , definately loved views .

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10 days ago

A fairly quick hike with fantastic views. We did it with our 5 year old and dog. The trail is steep and can be very dusty if its been dry or very muddy if its been rainy. There are benches at the top.

Missing one star due to dog poop along the trail and loose dogs that weren't well trained/friendly. As well as trash people have left.

hiking
11 days ago

It’s a short but steep hike. Visited Alaska from Savannah, GA and this was one the highlights for me. The challenge and the views were awesome, it’s very peaceful at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun hike, easy enough to do with my four kids (youngest is 4) but challenging enough that they feel like they really accomplished something!

hiking
1 month ago

A lot of people, but overall fun, a good little work out. Not the toughest thing I’ve hiked but for not doing it for a couple years I was sweating at the top. Gonna try lazy mtn today to see if that’s gonna send it.

1 month ago

THIS IS NOT THE EASY SIDE!!!

Beautiful views make the vertical climb worth it, but this is definitely not the easy side.

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4 months ago

A bit more populated than I usually like but it’s a great hike if you want something quick and close to town with good views.

hiking
9 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.

9 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
9 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
10 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

awesome looking at the knik glacier.

10 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.

10 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
10 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.

10 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!

11 months ago

Some steep spots but worth the climb.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun to do with the kids! Great place to take a picnic!

hiking
11 months ago

Agree with others about family fun but try the easier side - we are from Texas; it was our first hike in Alaska ( moved here 7 days ago ). Looking forward to coming back ( we took 2 12yr, 1 10yr, husband, sister, and 3 yr old along - all were happy ) a little dusty, bring hand wipes

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, but if you start on this side of the Butte, it is shorter but a lot harder, very steep and very dusty. If your carrying or walking with your kids, you are going to have a rough hike. However, if you start on the other side of the Butte, E Motherheads Ln (West Butte Trail) it is a little longer but much easier. It is more family friendly on the West Butte Trail side. The views from each side are amazing. It was a bit windy but it kept the temp low so it felt great! This start point is right next to the reindeer farm to take the family too after a nice hike.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

it was fun. beautiful view

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There are two sides to this Butte, one is really easy and anyone could do it and the other is more intense. It has amazing views and if you'd like more of a challenge, go around the other side.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fun hike with great views.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

fast, fun great for kids.

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Perfect day hike and the 360 degree views are incredible. Made a loop taking the south side up and west side down (stair side) and walked about 2 miles back to the parking lot. Only 4.5 miles total.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great hike for kids! With kids the route with steps is easier, but both trails are fun.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice rigorous, short hike. Highly trafficked during the weekend, be prepared for crowds at the top. Distant views of Knik Glacier

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