Featured ATV TRAILS
Southeast of Anchorage and Indian in the Chugach State Park, the Bird Creek Valley Trail follows the creek for 5.5 miles one-way up toward Bird Pass. The ATV riding route passes large trees along the way.
Near Fairbanks and North Pole, the Moose Creek Bluff trails is a 10 mile ATV trail. Start at the bottom of the bluff and follow the service road to the top. Once there enjoy a magnificient view of the Alaska range. From there, The trail turns into ATV trail, follow that to the very top past the tower. Watch for side trails, you will find something new every time you go out there.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River in the Chugach State Park, the Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 12.7 mile one-way route to the Eklutna Glacier with a 300 feet elevation gain. It runs along an abandoned roadbed. Trail follows lakeshore for 7 miles, then onto glacial gravel bars. Last mile is footpath through glacial debris.
Northeast of Anchorage and northeast of Sutton in the Knik-Chickaloon-Nelchina, the Little Nilchina River Trail is open to ATV riding. The route is about 30 miles one-way.
Near Anchorage, the Bald Mountain Trail is a 22 mile route up Bald Mountain from 700 feet to 3400 feet that is open to ATV riding. The Bald Mountain Trail is an EXTREMELY steep, rocky, and challenging trail. Be aware that there are many search and rescues on this trail. It is best to contact the local BLM law enforcement officer to ask about current trail conditions.
North of Seward in the Chugach National Forest, the Fall Creek Mine is a 10 mile route. Only the first 3 miles are open to ATV riding. The trails can be rocky, muddy and rooty.
Northeast of Anchorage and southeast of Butte in the Chugach National Forest, the Knik River Trail (Knik River Flats) is a 22 mile one-way route open to ATV riding. The route follows the Knik River up to the Knik Glacier. The first 10 miles are pretty obvious, running from bar to bar in the flood plain. There are small sections of trail on the banks in between the multiple water crossings.
East of Sutton in the Knik-Chickaloon-Nelchina, the Pinochle Creek Trail (Hicks Creek) is a 16.5 mile route open to ATV trails riding. The route follows the Hicks Creek to Hicks Lake. From there, it continues on to Caribou Creek. There is about 2,700 feet of elevation gain along the way.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Quartz Creek Trail is a 16 mile route open to ATV riding. The route passes through high alpine hillsides and crosses several creeks. The trail can be rocky and muddy.
Northeast of Anchorage and Sutton in the Knik-Chickaloon-Nelchina, the Belanger Pass Trail is a 13 mile route around the Syncline Mountains and up through Belanger Pass to the confluence of the Alfred and Flume Creek that is open to ATV riding. Watch out on stream crossings for high water levels.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Colorado Creek Trail is a 23 mile route that is open to ATV riding. The Colorado Creek Trail begins at the Tolovana River bridge at milepost 57 on the Elliott Highway. It follows the Duncan Creek drainage eastward approximately 13 trail miles to the boundary of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. This part of the trail goes through areas of open meadows, mixed with spruce and birch trees. From the trailhead (612 feet elevation), the trail climbs gently for about ten miles, increasing in steepness for the next three miles to a point where it breaks out on top of the ridgeline (1,625 feet). This is an old burn area that overlooks a large, open meadow with the Beaver Creek drainage and the White Mountains visible in the distance.
East of Cantwell, the Butte Creek Trail is open to ATV riding. The trail is well defined for the first twelve miles and gradually becomes less distinct. However increasing use in the area has been pushing the established trail farther back.
Near Fairbanks, the Chena River State Recreation Area has miles of ATV riding. Signs are normally posted at trailheads and access points which describe whether or not particular vehicles are allowed on the trail. The Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail, which parallels Chena Hot Springs Road, and trails which access back country cabins are color-coded. Colored reflective diamond-shaped trail markers and mileposts placed along the trail guide you to your destination.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Trail Creek Trail is a 27 mile route open to off-road motorcycle trails riding and ATVing. Over several stages, the route climbs almost 1,000 feet. It intersects with the Moose Creek Trail and the O Brien Trail.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Windy Creek Trail is a 10 mile route open to ATV trails riding. The route has a 1,000 feet elevation gain. The trail follows Windy Creek through black spruce forest and meadows. The finish is a steep climb for 2 miles.
West of Paxson, the McLaren River Trail is open to ATV riding. This trail departs the Denali Highway approximately one mile west of the McLaren River Bridge. The first four miles of the trail are well established trail capable of accommodating even four-wheel drive vehicles. At mile 4 the trail crosses the west fork of the McLaren River. Depending upon river conditions the trail may be impassable. The trail continues almost all the way to the McLaren Glacier. At mile 9 the trail also branches off to the south west and continues 22 miles past the Clearwater Trail and onto the Valdez Creek/ Windy Creek trails.
Near Yakutat in the Tongass National Forest, the Gulf Of Alaska Trail is a scenic 10 mile trail along the coast that offers sightseeing for whales. The trail runs the coast from Ocean Cape to Loast River. The route runs through the sandy beach and uplifted sand dunes.