West Butte Trail

Distance

1 miles

Difficulty

Difficult

On the west side of Bodenburg Butte, this somewhat steep trail leads to the top of the butte, which juts out of the valley and offers panoramic views of all the area’s top features: Matanuska and Knik River valleys, Talkeetna Mountains, Pioneer Peak, and even the Knik Glacier.

The first ½ mile is a wide gravel path through spruce and alder trees, and there’s a bench where you can sit and enjoy a nice view of the Talkeetna Mountains and Matanuska River. From here, the trail is steeper, with stairs and narrow paths leading to the grassy slopes and summit. It’s here that the views become grand. The trail is only about two hours round-trip if you’re in decent shape.

Directions: From the Old Glenn Highway, turn onto Bodenburg Loop and follow it for ½ mile to Mothershead Ln, where you’ll turn left. Some 400 feet down is trailhead parking. Walk along the road’s shoulder another 300 feet, past a gate; the trail is located between two homes.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 61.551677
Longitude: -149.04999