Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak)

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Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak)
Photo by Gregory Gusse, all rights reserved.

The Matanuska Peak (6119') properly known as Byer's Peak is a pleasant though strenous hike. A well established and maintained trail about 4.5 miles long ascends McRoberts creek skirting Lazy Mountain. The trail is fairly steep (20-25%) and a challenge in snowshoes, culminating in a scramble to the summit.

From the peak the glaciation on the Matanuska, Marcaus Baker and Goode mountains is spectacular. For experienced glacier climbers ascending the peak from Matanuska glacier can be quite a challenge.

Despite the relatively low altitude these are very steep, vaulted mountains rising abruptly from near sea level. Technical climbs can be made in the area especially the southern knife ridge.

Elevation (feet): 6,119
Elevation (meters): 1,865
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Chugach Mountains
State: Alaska
Latitude: 61.5881
Longitude: -148.905
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Anchorage
Convenient Center: Anchorage