Calling all hikers! If you want to get out and experience Alaska’s incredible natural beauty, consider hiking to Bodenburg Butte. This low, isolated mountaintop is nestled at the bottom of Matanuska Valley and is the perfect place to explore with family, friends, or your significant other. At the summit, hikers are treated to beautiful 360-degree views that simply can’t be matched. Read on to find out what else makes Bodenburg Butte so unique.
Before you head out on your Bodenburg Butte hiking adventure, it’s best to create an itinerary. There are so many wonderful things to do in the area that planning can become overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve created a free Alaska Vacation Guide to help you map out where to eat, what to see, and how to enjoy the Last Frontier. Request access today and receive a list of our top travel tips!
Why You Should Experience Bodenburg Butte
1. Short & Sweet
One of the most compelling aspects of the Bodenburg Butte Trail is its length. A moderate two-mile climb takes you up “The Butte” and offers a spectacular view of Matanuska Peak, Lazy Mountain, the Knik Glacier, Pioneer Peak, Twin Peaks, and the city of Palmer. The trail has an elevation gain of about 900 feet, and the steep sections can be a bit challenging. Good footwork and decent agility are recommended.
2. Two Different Trails
There are two ways to reach the summit of Bodenburg Butte: The West Butte Trail and the Old South Trail. We suggest taking the West Butte Trail, a well-maintained, 1.5-mile hike that follows a smooth gravel path. At the midpoint, there’s a bench overlooking the Talkeetna Mountains where hikers can pause for a break. From here, the trail heads up a long wooden staircase that introduces the steeper half of the hike. Take advantage of switchbacks and handholds during this section.
Local Tip: The Williams’ Reindeer Farm is located at the foot of the hill, and the herd can usually be seen grazing below. If you don’t feel like hiking to the top of the Butte, opt for a horseback ride instead! The Reindeer Farm offers guided rides from May to August.
3. Accessible Year-Round
Whether you’re visiting Alaska in the summertime or the dead of winter, a climb to the top of Bodenburg Butte is a great way to get some fresh air. (Keep in mind that coming down can be slow in spots because of weather.) Most visitors explore for about two hours, but the hike can be done in less time. Visit the trail’s website for additional information and directions.
Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages
There you have it! You now know how to tackle Bodenburg Butte, one of the best Alaska hiking trails. If you’re searching for lodging near the trailhead, look no further than our Palmer bed and breakfast. Our property is just 20 minutes away and offers comfortable accommodations and great amenities that will help you unwind post-hike.
Are you looking for an economical option? Reserve an inn room with a private bath. It’s perfect for families or singles traveling together! You’ll have a queen bed with a single bunk above and another set of single-single bunk beds. Plus, all of our accommodations come with a delicious complimentary breakfast in the morning.
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We can’t wait to hear about your adventures.