Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Government Peak Rec Area Winter Trails - Open

The Government Peak Recreation Area in winter offers groomed, lighted recreation trails for some 4.5 miles. The Matanuska Loop is 1.36 miles. The Susitna Loop is 1.29 miles. In the summer of 2017 the Mat Su Ski Club added 3.9 miles of unlit, challenging, advanced level trails, featuring long,steep up hills and fast technical down hills.  These new trails are called the Denali/ Competition loops.

The Pioneer Loop is 1.32 miles and is the only winter trail that allows skijoring, fat bike riding, and snowshoeing. The night ski area is the first of its kind for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Chugach Range is in bold view. In winter, the fatbike gains freedom on the two singletrack trails that travel for 4.2 miles over snow. The South Loop is for riders of all abilities. The North Loop offers terrain for more experienced riders. From a bike seat you can see clear views of Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Range. After working up hill, the downhill ride is an adventurous thrill. Two-way traffic is allowed on the trails. Runners and hikers share the path. Please be courteous and anticipate bikers descending the trail and pedestrians on the trail.

Tral conditions are constantly updated by the local community through Snowio.

2/10/19 Mat-Su Ski Club re-groomed the stadium area, Pioneer, and Mat-Su loops for classic ad skating. We also reset the classic tracks on the Denali loops following the Region 3 High School Championships, (the skate lane is still in good condition).
Last Update:  02/15/19


Winter Spring Fall


Parking Area Public Toilet Facilities Trashcan at Trailhead


Hiking Mountain Biking Skiing Snow Shoeing Walking
Trail Length: 16 miles
Snow Depth: 15
Difficulty: Moderate
Surface: Please see attached brochure
Status: Groomed
Community: Fishhook