The Peak of the Week Hiking Challenge Starts in June

By Public Relations Assistant Stephanie Smith

The Peak of the Week hiking challenge highlights trails of varying degrees of difficulty from easy to moderate.

The Peak of the Week hiking challenge is an excellent way to discover new paths and meet new hikers while enjoying the physical, emotional, and social benefits of climbing. This challenge will feature a new weekly trail from July to August, inviting you to experience some of the best areas in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Whether you are new to hiking or an experienced hiker seeking new inspiration, the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Wellness Center Facebook page is the place for weekly trail announcements. The team has compiled a list of trails of varying degrees of difficulty, from low to moderate, to suit hikers of all levels.

In addition to the physical and mental benefits of hiking, Peak of the Week offers an opportunity to connect with other hikers in the community. Sharing a common interest and exploring new trails can be a great way to build new friendships and foster community. Plus, hiking with a group can provide an added level of safety and security, particularly for those who may be new to hiking or unfamiliar with the area.

Each trail presents its unique challenge, whether a gradual climb or a steep ascent. However, one thing is for sure: hiking is an excellent way to build strong muscles and bones by adapting to different terrains and slopes. With Peak of the Week, hikers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves physically and mentally while enjoying the great outdoors.

Here are some of the featured trails, their difficulty levels, and distances (round trip):

  • Butte, 3 miles, low difficulty
  • April Bowl, 2.2 miles, moderate difficulty
  • Wasilla Creek Trail, 1.6 miles, low difficulty
  • Gold Cord Lake, 3 miles, moderate difficulty
  • Reflections Lake, 1.1 miles, low difficulty
  • Marmot Mountain, 3.2 miles, moderate difficulty
  • Thunderbird Falls, 1.8 miles, low difficulty

No matter your age or ability, there’s a trail for you. The challenge is open to everyone, and the more trails you complete, the more entries you get into random prize drawings for outdoor gear such as hydration packs, trekking poles, and hammocks. To enter, send a photo of yourself on each challenge trail to

Lace up your boots, hit the trails, and challenge yourself with Peak of the Week. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just starting, there is something for everyone in this exciting hiking challenge. So, get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and experience the beauty of nature while enjoying the physical, mental, and social benefits of hiking.

For more information about Peak of the Week, please call the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Wellness Center at (907) 631-7630.