Blueberry Knoll trail system at the Government Peak Recreation Area

Blueberry Knoll trail system at the Government Peak Recreation Area.

PALMER — The Mat-Su Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation held their first 2020 Daycation group hiking event up the Blueberry Knoll trail system at the Government Peak Recreation Area Jan. 24.

This 3-mile, 1,500-foot elevation hike was open to all parties willing to trek with or without snowshoes on icy conditions to kick off the 2020 Daycation hiking season. This hike also served as an official activity through one of their major partner’s AKtive Soles Performance Footwear's winter adventure  to-do’s.

Below is a question and answer interview provided by Wes Hoskins, Executive Director of the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation.

Q: How was the hike?

A: “The hike was great. Conditions were superb with good traction and a bluebird day. It was cold when we got to the Knoll with a little wind but overall the sun helped counteract the single-digit temps.”

Q: How many people participated?

A: “We had five people. Three folks had to cancel. Turnout was fine, especially because we didn’t spend a lot of time advertising this one.”

Q: What was the feedback?

A: “Feedback for these trips is always positive. Our aim is to get people connected to places and trails that they may not know and feed a sense of discovery. One participant said that they had never done Blueberry Knoll in the winter and now they would be comfortable doing it on their own. That is exactly why we organize these events.”

Q: How long has your group hosted these Daycations?

A: “This is our third year. They are hosted both in the winter and the summer.”

Q: When is the next one and where?

A: “We will do something in Willow Feb. 22. Most likely a ski or a bike-oriented trip. I also want to add that these trips are in conjunction with the 'Soles In The Backcountry Winter Adventure Book Hike' series…People can bring their books with 20 stamped adventures to the May 4 Happy Run to claim a prize!”

For more information about the Daycation group hiking series or more about the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation, call 907-746-8757 or visit email whoskins@matsutrails.org.

For more information about AKtive Soles Performance Footwear's "Soles In The Backcountry Winter Adventure Book Hike" series, call 907-746-0600 or visit aktivesoles.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com.

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