Views · Wildlife
Need to Know
There is a $5.00 day use parking fee to use the trailhead parking lot. Alternatively, an annual MatSu Borough Park Pass will work for parking here as well.
An alternative to the Lazy Mountain Trail
, adding a couple of miles (one-way) for a more reasonable grade via switchbacks. You reach the trailhead by starting on the Lazy Mountain Trail
and then taking the fork to the right about 50 feet up the trail. There are signs marking the trails. There are distance markers every 200 ft for the first 11000 ft.
The first mile is pretty benign, then it's two miles of switchbacks and views to the Lazy Mountain Trail
junction at just under 3 miles and 2400 feet elevation. Beyond the junction, the steeper Lazy Mountain Trail
has markers every 1000 ft and offers sweeping views of the lower Matanuska Valley and southwestern Talkeetna Mountains. Matanuska Peak blocks the views east into the Chugach, but on a clear day, you can see at least 150 miles southwest down the Cook Inlet to Mt Redoubt.
Flora & Fauna
Bears, Moose, Ground Squirrels, Fireweed
Shared By: Andrew Dean