Lazy Mountain and Matanuska Peak

Palmer, Alaska 99645

Lazy Mountain and Matanuska Peak

Lazy Mountain and Matanuska Peak Professional Review and Guide

"Two routes climbing into alpine ridges and peaks with views of
the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountain ranges, Pioneer Peak, and
the Matanuska River in the valley below. Lazy Mountain (3,720 feet) and Matanuska Peak (6,119 feet) are the prominent peaks east of Palmer.

Lazy Mountain is the rounded peak nearer town, and Mat Peak is the tall, stately peak behind it. A trail leads to each summit, and it’s possible to connect the two trails for a very long high-country adventure just a stone’s throw from Palmer."

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"Lazy Mountain is a steep hike with a nice summit that lets hikers know they are finished. The Matanuska Peak Trail in the adjacent McRoberts Creek valley is somewhat easier but has a less distinct hiking goal. These primitive trails, with variations on the same fine views, are close enough to connect, and a loop trip is possible. Looming beyond both is Matanuska Peak, a summit for the truly hardy.

The trails are suitable for children, although kids will take more time. The views are principally of the Matanuska Valley farming district, the silver waters of Cook Inlet, and Pioneer Peak jutting above the Knik River. The lower portions of both trails wind through tall grass, which, even on a clear day, may be wet with dew, so take rain pants. Wildflowers abound; new species introduce themselves with every hundred feet of elevation gained, culminating on the Lazy Mountain ridge crest and at the upper end of McRoberts Creek in minute lichens, with brilliant pinhead-sized sporangia, clinging to the rocks. Three hike variations and the Matanuska Peak climbing routes are described here. Lazy Mountain Recreation Area also offers winter skiing and hiking opportunities."

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I have been atop the 6,119 foot summit of Matanuska (Byers) peak a few times in the summer and it was great, but I recently completed a December ascent and it was amazing. We were on the mountain for four days, the weather went anywhere from +20F to -25F, and from overcast to bright white winter sunshine. It was a wonderful trip in amazing country. Get up there!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.5-6 miles
Trail Type
Skill Level
Lazy Mountain: mid-May through Sept. Matanuska Peak: mid-June through mid-Sept
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 350 East Dahlia Ave., Palmer, AK 99645; (907) 745-9690;
Local Contacts
USGS Anchorage C-6 (SE)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018