Lion’s Head is famous throughout the state. This rock outcropping is the prominent feature beside the Matanuska Glacier and is featured in magazines and advertisements all over Alaska. And you can hike it! You’ve got to be in good shape and ready for a scrambling, one-hour climb. You’ll be rewarded by great views, looking down a 2,000-foot cliff face to the glacier. You’re panorama will include views of the Matanuska River, Caribou Creek with the Talkeetna Mountain Range behind you and the Chugach to the front. There’s great berry picking along the way in the fall.
At the top of the hill on the highway, you’ll park on the right, by a telecommunications site. Walk up the dirt road and veer right. In a treeline of alders, you’ll see a rock cairn that indicates the trailhead. Start climbing!