In southcentral Alaska, the Tangle Lakes Archaeological District has an extensive network of trails shared by hikers, mountain bikers and ATV riders. The district is located off the Denali Highway between milepost 17 and milepost 37.
The Landmark Gap Trail South (#6) begins at milepost 24.8 on the Denali Highway. The trail has two branches. The southwest branch extends 11 miles towards Osar Lake. The southeast branch extends 5 miles towards Tangle Lakes. Note: water crossings may be difficult after heavy rain.
The Landmark Gap Trail North (#7) begins at milepost 24.6 on the Denali Highway. The trail runs north 4 miles to Landmark Gap Lake. Note: there is one marshy area.
The Maclaren River Road (#1) begins at milepost 43.5 on the Denali Highway. The road follows the Maclaren River for 12 miles and ends at the Maclaren Glacier. Note: at mile 4, the route fords the West Fork of the Maclaren River.
Sevenmile Lake Trail (#2) begins at milepost 40 on the Denali Highway. The trail parallels Boulder Creek for 6.5 miles and ends at Sevenmile Lake. The route is soft for the first 1.5 miles and then firms up.
Osar Lake Trail (#4) begins at milepost 37 on the Denali Highway. The trail runs 8 miles to Osar Lake.
The Swede Lake Trail is open to motorized traffic and mountain bikes. It is a moderately difficult route. This trail starts at an improved trailhead on the south side of the Denali Highway at milepost 16.2. The trail continues south for approximately 10 miles through the Tangle Lakes Archaeological District, to the Middle Fork of the Gulkana River providing access to the Alphabet Hills and Dickey Lake. Please remember that the Middle fork of teh Gulkana is a National Wild River and users must stay on designated trails within the river corridor (1/2 mile either side of the riverbank). Please stay on designated trails and respect all users. This trail will be muddy and wet during the runoff season in wet summers.
Overall, Tangle Lakes District is the 14th most popular ATV riding trail of all 27 ATV trails in Alaska.