Hiking the Lazy Mountain Trail in Spring
Nothing lazy about it.
Article by Michael Porterfield
March 21, 2017 – It was a blast climbing the Lazy Mountain Trail. We had attempted the climb the day before but had to turn back because we had neglected to bring any traction cleats. The next day we were back with the right gear and determined to reach the summit. The trail was in great condition and it was an amazingly clear day. Above the treeline there was a bitter cold headwind which made for a long and harsh climb, but once we hit the top it was absolutely worth it. Between Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Mountains, the Talkeetna Mountains and the valley below, it was a truly awesome view. During our descent we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset which was the cherry on top. It was a cold day and while at times uncomfortable, it was an experience we won’t soon forget.
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip (Lazy Mountain Trail) – 9 miles (Lazy Moose Trail)
Location of Trailhead: Take the Old Glenn Highway in Palmer and after crossing the Matanuska River turn left on Clark Wolverine Road. Drive up to the where the road “T’s” and turn right on Huntley Road. Drive up the hill to where the road “Y’s” and take a right down into the Lazy Mountain Recreation parking lot.
Difficulty: There are two trails that lead to the top of Lazy Mountain. Start up the trail and after a short ways you’ll see where the trail forks off to the right. That is the Lazy Moose Trail. Lazy Moose contains many switchbacks and is an easier hike up, however it is approximately 9 miles round trip, about 4 miles longer than the Lazy Mountain Trail. The main trail can be very steep and slippery in spots and is considered difficult.
Time: Approximately 4.5-7.5 hours depending on trail
Best Time to Hike: May to October
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