Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers (VMBAH) has been creating and maintaining trails in the Matanuska Valley for years. When they took us for a tour around the stunning fireweed meadows, birch forests, and crystal clear creeks on the southern flank of Government Peak, the possibilities made the mind reel. The views stretch from Knik Glacier to the east, south past Pioneer Peak and Knik Arm, to the Sleeping Maiden on the west. We were sobered by the difficulty of the project, with a surprisingly limited number of options for good quality trail routes and water seeping out everywhere. But after 2 rock-armored crossings, 3 culverts, and 7 bridges we had it mostly complete. Final work was done by VMBAH and Ptarmigan Ptrails.
Happy Trails, Inc. donated $15000 worth of free time and materials to this project.