Anchorage: Lazy Mountain

Don't be fooled by the name: You'll climb 3,000 feet in 2 miles to a summit with spectacular views of rivers, mountains, and ocean.
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-Mapped by Gina Wheeler

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.4


Traversing A Slope

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©Gina Wheeler

Vallley Views

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©Gina Wheeler


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Pick up Lazy Mountain Trail; pace yourself slow and steady for this stiff climb


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Below, the Matanuska River unravels in its namesake valley, passing Palmer and Wasilla enroute to Cook Inlet


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Climb railroad-tie stairs past swaying grasses and wiry alders


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The braided arms of the Matanuska join the equally impressive Knik River. To the N, the Talkeetna Mountains are jagged against the horizon


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Oodles of wildflowers (mid-July to August) garnish the alpine zone


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Rest near boulders. Every July, hundreds of hard-core trail runners ascend Lazy Mtn. as part of a 14-mile race with a 9,000-ft. gain


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More killer views of the Knik River below; only 400 feet left to ascend


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Trail follows bare ridgeline; navigate boulder field


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Continue up ridgeline to summit of Lazy Mtn. (3,762 ft.), photo ops of Matanuska Peak, and likely sightings of Dall sheep. Wolf down a high-mountain lunch and check trekking pole locks before descending