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Matanuska Peak Route

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Trail

9.8 mile 15.8 kilometer out and back
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,348' 1,630 m
Descent: -5,348' -1,630 m
High: 5,896' 1,797 m
Low: 548' 167 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 115% (49°)

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The most direct route to the summit of Matanuska Peak.

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Overview

A steep and challenging route from the Matanuska River Valley floor to one of the highest peaks in the area. Spectacular panoramic views can be had from the summit.

Description

This trail begins on an access road and continues about 1.4 miles to a small hydroelectric dam on McRoberts Creek. At this point, a singletrack trail begins to wind through vegetation and parallels McRoberts Creek for a while until reaching treeline around 2,500 ft. From here, climb through alpine tundra until reaching a large talus field that leads to the summit of Matanuska Peak.

The end of this trail is extremely steep, and the talus slope presents a somewhat formidable obstacle. Use caution, and keep an eye out for cairns that mark the way.

Flora & Fauna

Bears, moose, and other native wildlife.

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Jul 21, 2019
Theo Harkness
This is a VERY technical and steep hike. You need to be in good shape and not afraid of heights to make it to the top. 9.3mi — 5h 20m
Aug 19, 2017
Cary Strahan
Jun 3, 2017
Greg Stocker
May 20, 2017
Ken Middendorf
Sep 11, 2016
Mark Stock
Did this hike on beautiful cloudless day. 5 hours 30 minutes total

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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In March, enjoy expansive, snow-covered views from just below the summit on Matanuska Peak.
Mar 16, 2017 near Lazy Mo…, AK
Panorama from the Matanuska Peak summit facing southwest.
Mar 22, 2016 near Lazy Mo…, AK
Westward bound between Matanuska Peak and Lazy Mountain.
Mar 22, 2016 near Lazy Mo…, AK

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