Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Government Peak Recreation Area Summer Trails - Open

The Government Peak Recreation Area in summer offers a variety of recreation. Enjoy the wide grassy paths to walk, steep trails to hike, singletrack trails to ride by mountain bike, and equestrian trails to follow. The Chugach Range is in bold view. The chalet offers restrooms.

Three ski trails turn into walking trails by summer that start and end at the chalet.

Two hiking trails lead you up steep Government Peak in the Talkeetna Mountains. The Government Peak Race Trail begins on the Matanuska Loop. The 3.5-mile trail travels through forest until it reaches the start of an incline. The unrelenting slope up Government Peak Trail is a mental test of endurance. Up top, the payoff is a far-reaching alpine view of Knik Arm, a vast valley floor, and the Knik Glacier. At your back, the countless ridges of the Talkeetna Mountains are visible. The Blueberry Knoll Trail is a gentler hike for some 1.5 miles.

Two singletrack mountain bike trails begin near the stadium, traveling for 4.2 miles. After working up hill, the downhill ride feels adventurous. Two-way traffic is allowed on the trails. Please be courteous to bikers and pedestrians.

Equestrians can ride for a five-mile adventure on the Backcountry Horseman Trail.

 

 

 

These trails are open, however there are still some soggy sections. Please avoid these areas until they are dry to minimize trail damage. Thank you.
The gate at the bottom of Mountain Trails Drive
opens at 8 am and closes at 9 pm. Vehicles locked
in will remain until the morning. Keep dogs on a
leash. Please clean up the trail after your pet. Please
stay on the trail.
Last Update:  06/06/18

Seasons

Winter Spring Summer Fall

Amenities

Parking Area Public Toilet Facilities Trashcan at Trailhead

Uses

Hiking Jogging Mountain Biking Skiing Snow Shoeing Walking
Trail Length: 8 miles
Snow Depth: 5
Difficulty:
Surface: Varies
Status: Groomed
Community: Fishhook