The Edge Nature Trail - Matanuska Glacier, AK • Hike
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The Edge Nature Trail - Matanuska Glacier, AK

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Distance Lasso-Loop 1.11 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,670 feet
Elevation Gain 65 feet
Accumulated Gain 151 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30-45 mins
Kokopelli Seeds 1.87
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15  2022-10-07 LindaAnn
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  8:39am - 4:30pm
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on the edge in the smooth and wide sense
by LindaAnn

Overview: The Edge Nature Trail is a short interpretative trail at the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, it is an easy walk with good views of the Matanuska Glacier and the Chugach Mountains.

Hike: The trail starts at the south end of the parking area and is signed. There are immediate views of the glacier, mountains, and river. Head east from the signs and up a small rise. The trail is compact dirt, smooth and wide. One of the first signs along the trail points out a rock glacier on the mountain behind you.

Continuing east a short distance, the trail forks to begin the loop portion. It can certainly be hiked in either direction, but I think taking the right fork for a counter-clockwise loop probably gives slightly better views of Matanuska Glacier, which is the main attraction. The trail will head slightly downhill to the edge of the ridge, with excellent views to the south. Use caution along the edge, the soil is loose and the drop is nearly vertical.

Check out the views at each sign, with the best views of the glacier being at the east end of the loop. After that, the loop curves back west, mostly levels off, and is a pleasant walk through the trees, primarily aspen. It's an easy walk to finish out the loop and return to your starting point.

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2022-10-08 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    $5 to $10 more info

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    2022 Day-use parking is $7 per vehicle.

    From Anchorage, take AK-1 (Glenn Hwy) north approx 96 miles to the Matanuska Glacier State Rec site near mile marker 101. The site is signed, turn right to enter the parking area.
    page created by LindaAnn on Oct 08 2022 3:03 pm

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