Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Government Peak Rec Area Winter Trails - Open

Trail conditions are constantly updated by the local community through Snowio.  Please visit the Mat-Su Ski Club's website or Facebook page for more information regarding grooming of the ski trails and learn to ski lessons. 

Please visit Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers website or their Facebook page for more information regarding the mountain biking trials.

The Government Peak Recreation Area in winter offers groomed, lighted recreation trails for some 4.5 miles. The Matanuska Loop is 1.36 miles. The Susitna Loop is 1.29 miles. In the summer of 2017 the Mat Su Ski Club added 3.9 miles of unlit, challenging, advanced level trails, featuring long,steep up hills and fast technical down hills.  These new trails are called the Denali/ Competition loops.

The Pioneer Loop is 1.32 miles and is the only winter trail that allows skijoring, fat bike riding, and snowshoeing. The night ski area is the first of its kind for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  In winter, the fatbike gains freedom on the two singletrack trails that travel for 4.2 miles over snow. The South Loop is for riders of all abilities. The North Loop offers terrain for more experienced riders. From a bike seat you can see clear views of Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Range. After working up hill, the downhill ride is an adventurous thrill. Two-way traffic is allowed on the trails. Runners and hikers share the path. Please be courteous and anticipate bikers descending the trail and pedestrians on the trail.

1/26/23 Due to unseasonably warm temps, many of the trails in the core area are in rough shape. Be aware that most trails are either very slick, punchy, or have standing water on them.
From the MSSC 1/26/23: Independence Mine-no grooming; Archangel-plans to groom Friday evening; GPRA-regrooming in process; Moose Range-will be regroomed as trails dry out and temps drop
Last Update:  01/27/23


Winter Spring Fall


Parking Area Public Toilet Facilities Trashcan at Trailhead


Hiking Mountain Biking Skiing Snow Shoeing Walking
Trail Length: 16 miles
Snow Depth: 31
Difficulty: Moderate
Surface: Please see attached brochure
Status: Groomed
Community: Fishhook