Please submit any useful information about climbing Matanuska Peak or Byers Peak that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Matanuska Peak or Byers Peak, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
I prefer the old McRoberts Creek trail when climbing Byers. There is a new spur trail off of that one that ascends Lazy Mountain, from which you can trace the ridge to Byers, but it's longer and you miss out on a rewarding hike through the bowl. I just finished my first winter ascent on 2/2/2013. It's hard enough finding your footing in those loose rocks in the summer when there isn't any snow concealing the terrain. It was slow going with the added challenge of snow and ice. 6 hours to the top, another 2.5 to get down. That's a fair bit longer than a summer ascent, but worth every minute.