Lazy Mountain, Alaska

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Lazy Mountain, Alaska
Location of Lazy Mountain, Alaska
Location of Lazy Mountain, Alaska
Coordinates: 61°37′32″N 149°2′42″W / 61.62556°N 149.04500°W / 61.62556; -149.04500Coordinates: 61°37′32″N 149°2′42″W / 61.62556°N 149.04500°W / 61.62556; -149.04500
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Matanuska-Susitna
 • Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss[1]
 • Total 35.7 sq mi (92.3 km2)
 • Land 35.5 sq mi (91.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 2,726 ft (831 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,479
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-43260
GNIS feature ID 1866958

Lazy Mountain is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census the population was 1,479.


Lazy Mountain, the namesake geographic feature of the Lazy Mountain area, is located at 61°37′32″N 149°02′42″W / 61.625517°N 149.044935°W / 61.625517; -149.044935. The peak of Lazy Mountain is 3,720 feet (1,130 metres) above sea level.[2]

Lazy Mountain

According to the United States Census Bureau, the 2010 CDP has a total area of 58.82 square miles (152.3 km2) (up from 35.7 in 2000), of which, 35.5 square miles (92 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it is water.

The southern boundary of the CDP starts at the Old Glenn Highway where it meets E. Smith Rd, extends east along the Smith Road extension to Harmony Avenue, then south one block to Purser Place and then east again approximately 1/2 mile along an imaginary line to McRoberts Creek. McRoberts Creek forms the southeast boundary of the CPD up to its headwaters and to the top of the ridge south of Matanuska Peak. The east boundary forms an irregular line along the ridge to Matanuska Peak, then down to the glacier and along its outfall creek to where it meets Wolverine Creek.



As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,158 people, 410 households, and 303 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 32.6 people per square mile (12.6/km²). There were 465 housing units at an average density of 13.1/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.66% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 2.94% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 410 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 114.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,500, and the median income for a family was $54,881. Males had a median income of $37,179 versus $28,889 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,789. About 3.3% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Notable Residents[edit]

Anna Marly French & Russian Singer


As a Census Designated Place, the Lazy Mountain Area is not a traditional village or town. It lies to the East of the nearest municipal area, Palmer. The area is part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and as such is subject to borough control. The Lazy Mountain Community Council, which represents a similar but slightly smaller area than the Lazy Mountain CDP, provides feedback to the borough from some of the residents of the area.[5] The Lazy Mountain Community Council submitted a Comprehensive Plan to the Borough Assembly and it adopted by the Assembly in 2008.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Parks, gardens, and wildlife refuges[edit]

Recreational facilities[edit]

The Lazy Mountain Recreation Area is a 360-acre site which has hiking/skiing and equestrian trails. The parking area at the East end of Huntley Road provides access to the Morgan Horse, Lazy Moose and Lazy Mountain Trails.[6] [7]



The Lazy Mountain area is only accessible by road from along the Old Glenn Highway, formerly Alaska Route 1. This section of the Glenn Highway was bypassed when the Glenn Highway was rerouted across the Knik and Matanuska Rivers and the Palmer Hay Flats in 1976. The Old Glenn Highway is now reached from the south at an interchange off of the Glenn Highway at milepost 29.6, or from Palmer where the Old Glenn becomes Arctic Avenue. The Old Glenn Highway is classed as a major collector South of Clark-Wolverine Road, and as a minor arterial from that point north into Palmer.

East Smith Road, which forms the southern boundary of the Lazy Mountain CDP, is considered a minor collector road for the first 1/2 mile from the Old Glenn Highway, as is Clark-Wolverine Road from the Old Glenn Highway all the way to where it becomes Wolverine Road, and on to N. McKenzie Drive [8]

Air transport[edit]

The Lazy Mountain Area is served by numerous private airports. The following airports are registered with the FAA[9]
Identifier Name

  • AK46 ABI Airport
  • AK88 Eagle Nest Airport
  • AK92 Martin Field
  • 7AK9 Vinduska Airport

and one Heliport

  • 5AK4 Eagles Nest Heliport

At least three other unregistered landing areas exist in the Lazy Mountain area, one along the Old Glenn Highway between Eugene Drive and Clark-Wolverine Rd. and two near Huntley Road.

The nearest public airport is the Palmer Municipal Airport (PAQ).

Effective May 29, 2014 all airports in the Lazy Mountain area use a single common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF), 123.60 MHz.[10] The nearest airport with scheduled commercial service is the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).[11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 ACoM Members". Online Resource Center, Alaska Conference of Mayors. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Lazy Mountain CDP MAP-2000" (PDF). U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Lazy Mountain Community Council Map". Mat-Su Borough. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lazy Mountain Recreation Area Master Plan". Mat-Su Borough. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lazy Mountain Recreation Area Winter Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Alaska Road Class Maps". Alaska DOT&PF. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "FAA Airport Master Record Reports". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mat-Su Designated CTAF 's" (PDF). FAA Alaska Region. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ted Stevens International Airport". Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Retrieved 5 September 2014.