Matanuska Peak Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Matanuska Peak Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Butte, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
6046 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






7 days ago

Definitely bring skis, snow shoes, or split boards if heading in while there is still snow, and the temps are above freezing later in the day.

I started at first light and everything was still frozen and kosher. On the way back, once the snow started to melt, I ended up post holing for a good two miles.

I did this hike as a workout for my sheep hunt and had 65lbs on my back. The first steep incline isn’t terrible, and it was a nice leisurely stroll when it leveled out about the 2 mile mark. Once you get to about the 4.5 mile mark is when most of the real work begins. The last 1/2 mile heading up to the peak is at one heck of an incline. I dropped the heavy pack and just took water up to the top. Definitely have appropriate footwear and trekking poles. Lots of loose rocks.

Know your limits. If you don’t think you can safely make it up to the peak, then don’t attempt it.

7 months ago

The trail begins with a steep incline before leveling out for a bit as you hike through the valley leading up to the peak. Views are incredible in every direction, and wild blueberries grow everywhere during the summer. Trail is well marked for the majority of the hike, but markers tend to be difficult to spot for the last 1000'. Be prepared for an aggressive elevation gain with lots of scrambling as you approach the top. Views are breathtaking from the summit. This was my first attempt at something like this, so it took me about 9-10 hours to complete the trail. Would not recommend to anyone who considers themselves unfit. Very strenuous climb, but well worth every step.

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery ❤️

10 months ago

This hike will whoop you if you're unfit and unprepared. Full day hike if slow pace. Keep an eye out for critters on the trail. They're very trusting up there. Bear bells are advised. If you bring a dog(s)... PUT BOOTIES ON THEM PLEASE! Last year I saw a dog bleed near to death because closer to the top the rocks are insanely sharp. Very strenuous climb.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Love this hike, I've hike it twice once in late summer and once in the winter. Trail markers aren't always visible in the winter so make sure you know your way and start early so you have plenty of daylight. The views are excellent!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014