Pioneer Peak (Alaska)
Looking south at Pioneer Peak, as seen from the east of Palmer, Alaska.
|Elevation||6,398 ft (1,950 m) |
|Location||Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, U.S.|
|Parent range||Chugach Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Anchorage D-6|
Pioneer Peak is a 6,398-foot (1,950 m) mountain in the Chugach Mountains in the U.S. state of Alaska. Located beside the Knik River just nine miles (14.5 km) south of Palmer and about six miles outside the Municipality of Anchorage limits, it is a prominent landmark in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, as well as a popular hiking destination. The name was given in 1939 in honor of the pioneers of the Matanuska agricultural colony of the mid-1930s. The Pioneer Ridge Trail leads up the eastern shoulder, beginning below 200', it allows access to the South summit. The North summit, and true summit of Pioneer Peak does not have a trail, and advanced mountaineering techniques are required.
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