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Bodenburg Butte is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.9 miElevation gain669 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildlifeRockyFee
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Note: This trail is owned privately by 2 families that request a modest $4 donation for private passenger vehicles

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Caleb Beauvais
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Hiking

10/28/2020 The trail is in great shape, but I recommend microspikes because it is pretty packed with ice.

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Nicole North
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Hiking

Extremely windy.

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Jessica Conroy
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Hiking

Short and steep, big payoff at the top. 360 views

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Monette Tyree
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Hiking

Worth the 500 steps to the top. Amazing view!

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Nechael Lewandowski
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Julia Fursov
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Hiking

First time 17 min Second 20 min

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Jason Opheim
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Hiking

Most excellent day. Clear, blue skies, light wind at the top. Chill in the air as we have started Fall. The hike was great and thd trail is in good condition.

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Ryan Wrocklage
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Mountain biking
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James Schmaltz
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HikingGreat!

Quite dusty but a fantastic trail for a good workout. Try to go on a day that isn’t very windy. The trail is very clear until about 300ft up. Then it starts to braid and you are free to choose whatever rout you want to the top.

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Kevin England
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Ryan Retherford
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Hiking

Easily the best view to effort ratio.

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Nancy Braman
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An absolute staple in the lives of those of us from Palmer. Best bang for your buck of any trail in Alaska with phenomenal views after a short but intense workout. Highly recommend to anyone who has an extra hour on their hands.

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Lauren Millikin
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Hiking

The trail is very pretty at the top. It is very dusty and steep though

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May Essman
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Lynda Kreps
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HikingRocky

Great afternoon hike. Amazing views

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Kyle VanTassel
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Hiking

best short hike in all of Alaska. amazing views, challenging for a run or fast climb. hike the older side for better views.

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Mai Cee Moua
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Super nice to hike today. It was definitely shorter. I’d say this is a moderate hike because of the rocks you have to climb over if you choose the trail with rocks. definitely recommend it.

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Julie Stutzman
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We started at West End Trail, in main parking lot. The fee is only $5. This is a great climb in just a little over an hour. The views were spectacular at the top and the wind blustery enough to cool us off. It’s definitely worth it!

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Carolyn Schanbacher
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Hiking

We started at this trailhead near the Reindeer Farm, and went down the other side to the West trailhead. First time doing the trail, and had hoped it would loop back. It didn’t, but that was part of the adventure. This side is fun but very dusty. Having done both trails, I’d say you definitely have a better shot at feeling like you’re hiking alone on this side. The West Butte trail is well-maintained (steps built into the incline, crushed stone pathways, outhouses in the parking lot) but as a result you will be brushing elbows with many more hikers - particularly along the stairs. If that’s not what you’re looking for, do this one instead. Views are great. Note the sedimentary layers at the summit which mark forest fires (black) and volcanic ash (orange-tan). Bumped into a geologist on the hike who explained some of the Butte’s history and how it’s thought to have been created.

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Kimberly McDowell
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Hiking

Great trail! I live a mile away and do it a few times a week in the summer. This side has its dusty and steep parts, but it’s a very fun hike. Good for dogs and kids!

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Hannah Crowley
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definitely worth it for the view! its a must see

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Eric Bleicher
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Hiking

This grind is a short one with great payoffs - gonna be a bit gnarly when it rains, but nonetheless a really nice quick burner that’s close to town.

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Yaana Breeze
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HikingBugs

Great hike, enjoyed the view while listening to the thunder, still sunny!

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Faith Davis
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HikingRocky

Fun little hike today! It was a bit challenging bc we didn’t go the more trafficked trail, I don’t think. We branched off to the right on the way up and went up a fairly rocky path. It was a great challenge with a toddler on my back..... most of the way. She did decide to try the rest of it herself when I stopped to take my jacket off. She did wonderful so I think I’ll go back with the intent to let her try the trail all on her own!

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Joseph steger
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Hiking

Fun hike, brought our 5 and 7 year old. Great views from the top!

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Joe Bellavance
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HikingMuddy

Every Alaskan needs to do this hike at least once. Today was my third time. Fun hike with great views. A real quickie

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Matt Wicker
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This trail is owned privately by 2 families that request a modest $4 donation for private passenger vehicles. The trail in winter can be a bit challenging; especially at the very beginning. We were able to do it with both yak tracks and trekking poles. However, I would highly suggest crampons/spikes and trekking poles. Beautiful snowy view from the summit.

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