Bodenburg Butte is well known by locals, but this hike is worth a stop by anyone in reasonably decent shape. Views from the top include Matanuska Glacier and River, Palmer, and surrounding farms. Even if you hate steep drops, as I do, you will never have to stand next to a cliff, since the top is flat and very wide.
The newer trail rises 900 feet in 1 1/2 miles. The first mile climbs gradually, but the last half mile rises steeply. The top part of the trail is lined with slippery rubber honeycomb, but a unique rope system lines the switchbacks, making it fairly easy. Locals hike it in flip-flops with their children, but good hiking boots would be helpful. Avoid weekends, if possible, since lots of locals come with their kids and dogs.
There are two trail head parking lots. Both are reached from Bodenburg Loop, off Old Glenn Hwy. The original, harder one is adjacent to the reindeer farm and the one with ropes is on Mothershead Lane. (Search for the town of Butte on internet maps. Mothershead Lane is shown, but not labeled.) There is a $5 parking fee at both trail heads, which have restrooms.
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