Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak)

Photo of Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak)
Photo uploaded by Gregory Gusse

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

Thanks to Gregory Gusse for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 3 trip reports for Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak).

  • Log #19572 - by Darren Hull on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    It was a two hour climb from smith road trailhead to the summit...saw three dall sheep and no people. I did see a guy at the parking lot when i got back said he spotted me from an adjacent ridge. The...
  • Log #20995 - by Gregory Gusse on Sep 01, 20073.00 stars
    The Matanuska Peak Trail is a well marked and maintained trail starting on Smith Rd. It is about a 4.5 mile hike that can be attacked from two converging paths one that skirts Lazy Mountain the other...
  • Log #21710 - by Steve Gruhn on July 06, 20093.00 stars
    Climbed Matanuska Peak on a sunny day with Dwight Iverson.