This past summer in Alaska, we hiked to the summit of Bodenburg Butte. The photo below shows the butte from 3.4 miles away as we were about to cross the Knik River (foreground) to enter the town of Butte.
Olympus E-M1 (70mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO200)
The elevation at the butte’s summit is only around 800 feet and the trail to the top is about a mile and a quarter long, so the hike is an easy one by Alaska standards. At roughly the halfway point on the trail, there is a rest stop with a view to the north-northwest. The photo below, taken from that spot, shows the city of Palmer and the Talkeetna Mountains. I was able to include someone using the most popular mode of travel to small villages in Alaska.
Olympus E-M1 (150mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO200)
The trail is considerably steeper above the rest stop, and much of it is negotiated using steps cut into the side of the butte. I was the oldest and slowest member of my party, so I hiked behind the others. As as result, the only clear shot of the steps I could get was looking downhill.
Olympus E-M1 (14mm, f/9, 1/80 sec, ISO2500)
When I finally reached the top of the staircase close to the summit, I felt I had negotiated thousands of steps. However, the last post displayed the truth.
Olympus E-M1 (31mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO200)
Like so many hiking trails in Alaska, the reward at the end is the view from the top. The photo below is the scene looking from the summit of the butte toward the east-southeast. The flat white area in front of the Chugach Mountains in the background is the Knik Glacier, and closer to the foreground are the headwaters of the Knik River.
Olympus E-M1 (31mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO200)
The south view below shows the Chugach Mountains just across the Knik River. The scene is dominated by Pioneer Peak with its 6,398-ft elevation. The treeless area in the valley to the left of the foreground rock is Alaska Raceway Park.
Olympus E-M1 (14mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO200)
This was one of the most pleasant hikes we have taken in Alaska. Considering the great views from the summit versus the time and effort hiking, it is has a rather high benefit-cost ratio.
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