Family Dinner Hike #4 - West Butte Trail in Palmer

  • September 13, 2007 · 5:45 PM
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Where: Meet at Fred Meyers Muldoon - coffee shop at 5:45 pm for carpooling and meetup - then head to trail. If you are meeting at tje trailhead, expect the hike to begin at about 6:30 depending on traffic. (If you intend to meet at the trailhead please indicate in your rsvp in the notes section. *ORGANIZER:
Jennifer *DISTANCE: 1.5 Miles each way - says it can typically be done in 2 hours give or take. *DIFFICULT: This is classed by MSB Parks as Moderate to Difficult. It is pretty much all an uphill hike. FAMILY DINNER HIKE INFO: September 13th is the 4th of a series of Family Dinner Hikes, continuing every other Thursday. Children are required! The whole point is to get kids out on adventures, meeting other kids. Children, like adults, prefer to be with their peer group. I want kids to see other kids enjoying outdoor activities. Families with similar interests can then meet each other & make additional plans for outings together. People w/o children of their own are welcome to bring a neighbor kid, niece/nephew/grandchild, Little Brother/Sister, etc.--provided they have the parents' permission, of course. DINNER: For the dinner, we will have a picnic at the top while enjoying the view of Knik Glacier. Bring food for your family & a little snack to share with the group, if possible. Thanks! Jennifer *ABOUT THE TRAIL: The West Butte trail is a hiking trail along the west side of Bodenburg Butte. The first mile is a moderate climb following a wide gravel path which meanders its way through old growth forest and alder thickets. At the top of a small hill the hiker can rest on a bench enjoying the view of the Matanuska River valley and Talkeetna Mountains to the northwest. It is here that the trail becomes more challenging and starts to climb the west side of Bodenburge Butte. From this point to above tree line the trail surgace alternates between stairs and a narrow path before cresting the cliff-like west slope. At the west crest of the butte the trail becomes less steep and traverses the grassy slopes towards the summit of the butte to the east. Even with stairs and a hardened path the last 1/2 mile of the trail can be challenging. Be cautious and watch your step. The hike to the summit of the butte and back to the trailhead can be completed in 2 hours. The trail offers wonderful views of the Matanuska River valley, Talkeetna Mountains to the northwest, and once on top of the butte, grand views of the Knik River valley, Knik Glacier and Pioneer Peak. ***(for those that want to hike but prefer it a little less challenging hike the bench may be the perfect place to stop and enjoy the views.) *This trail is maintained by the Mat Su Borough Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division so state park stickers will NOT work here. There is $3 parking fee or MSB Pass sticker does work here. (which can purchased at the fee station in the envelope for a $30 annual pass.) HOW TO GET THERE: Access to the West Butte Trail is from Mothershead Circle - From Palmer, Take the Glenn Hwy, go straight through the light at Carrs, take a Right onto E Arctic Ave. go southeast on the Old Glenn Hwy, 5.5 miles from Palmer take a right on Bodenburg Loop, proceed 1/2 mile and take a left on Morthershead Circle (Street name sign missing as of 8/15's hike), proceed about 400 feet to the trailhead parking area on the right. The trail actually begins about 300 feet further along Morthershead Circle. Hikers should walk along the road shoulder to the trail, which is gated to prevent vechile traffice, and which is located between two homes. LINKE TO MSB TRAIL PDF & MAP:
http://www.matsugov.u...

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    Weather turned out to be pretty good. Great view on top of the Butte!!

    September 14, 2007

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    Quick, fun, and original, beautiful views of the Mat-Su and Palmer

    September 13, 2007

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