Northwest of Slana in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, off-road motorcycle trails riding is permitted on established, marked trails. The Nabesna Road offers Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve visitors a unique opportunity to explore interior Alaska. The route is an adventure in the midst of the Wrangell, Mentasta and Nutzotin Mountains. There are three streams and several intermittent drainages that cross the Nabesna Road. The stream crossings are Trail Creek (Mile 29), Lost Creek (Mile 30.8), and Boyden Creek (Mile 34.3). These streams are usually dry or have only a shallow flow over the road surface. All drainages may carry a heavy flow of water and debris and carve channels through the roadbed.
The trailhead is at the intersection of SR1 (Glenn Highway) and Nabesna Road. This intersection is 1 mile northwest of the town of Slana.
Trails open to motorized usage include:
Mile 11-Suslota Lake T.H.
Mile 12.2-Copper Lake T.H.
Mile 19.2-Caribou Creek T.H.
Mile 24-Tanada Lake T.H.
Mile 29-Trail Creek T.H.
Mile 30.8-Lost Creek T.H.
Mile 40.2-Reeve Field /Nabesna River T.H.
The following highlights are points of interest along the Nabesna Road. The milea mileage e begins at the inter intersection section of the Glenn Highwa Highway y (T Tok ok Cut-Off) and the Nabesna Road and is based on actual odometer readings.
Mile 0.2 Turn right to access the Slana Ranger Station and Alaska Department of Transportation Maintenance Camp.
Mile 0.8 Turn left to Slana Post Office (window hours 10-2 MWF) and public pay phone.
Mile 1.7 Slana River access and campsites.
Mile 4 Gravel road surface begins.
Mile 6.1 Rufus Creek. Primitive campsite with picnic table. Fishing for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden available.
Mile 11 Suslota Lake Trailhead. This is a multiple use trail. Park in the gravel pit on the south side of the road at mile 11.1 and walk back 225 feet to the trailhead on the north side of the road.
Mile 12.2 Copper Lake Trailhead and primitive campsite with picnic table. This is a multiple use trail. Copper Lake offers Lake Trout, Grayling and Burbot fishing.
Mile 16.6 Primitive campsite with picnic table. Beautiful view of Kettle Lake, Mt. Sanford (16,237 ft), Capital Mountain (7,731 ft), Mt. Wrangell (14,163 ft), Mt. Zanetti and Tanada Peak (9,240 ft) to the southwest and the Mentasta Mountains and Noyes Mountain to the northeast.
Mile 17.8 Dead Dog Hill Rest Area. Campsite with picnic table, vaulted toilet and trash receptacle. View of Noyes Mountain of the Mentasta Mountain Range to the north. Noyes Mountain is the tallest of the Mentasta Mountains at 8,235 ft.
Mile 19.2 Caribou Creek Trailhead. Park in the gravel pit on the north side of the road at mile 18.9 before arriving at the actual trailhead which is also on the north side of the road. This is a multiple use trail for the first three miles.
Mile 21.8 Rock Lake Rest Area. Campsite with picnic table, vaulted toilet and trash receptacle.
Mile 22.9 Long Lake Access. Grayling and Burbot fishing are available.
Mile 24 Tanada Lake Trailhead. This is a multiple use trail. Tanada Lake offers Grayling and Lake Trout fishing.
Mile 24.7 Watershed Divide (3,320 ft). Leaving the Copper River watershed which drains into the Gulf of Alaska and entering the Yukon River watershed which drains into the Bering Sea.
Mile 27.8 Twin Lakes Rest Area. Campsites with picnic tables, vaulted toilet and trash receptacle. Fishing for Grayling, Lake Trout and Burbot available. Great spot for viewing waterfowl and shore birds.
Mile 29 Trail Creek crossing and trailhead. Trail Creek is subject to changing water levels and may periodically require higher clearance or four-wheel drive to cross. Check with Slana Ranger Station for current conditions. Trail Creek Trail is a multiple use trail.
Mile 30.8 Lost Creek crossing and trailhead. Lost Creek is subject to changing water levels and may periodically require higher clearance or four-wheel drive to cross. Check with Slana Ranger Station for current conditions. The Lost Creek Trailhead is at mile 31 on the north side of the road and is a multiple use trail, which offers access to Big Grayling Lake, Soda Creek, Platinum Creek, Mineral Springs, and Soda Lake.
Mile 34.3 Boyden Creek crossing. Boyden Creek is subject to changing water levels and may periodically require higher clearance or four-wheel drive to cross. Check with Slana Ranger Station for current conditions.
Mile 34.6 Primitive campsite on the south side of the road.
Mile 35.3 Jack Creek Rest Area. Several campsites with picnic tables are available in the area across the bridge, as well as a vaulted toilet and trash receptacle. Grayling fishing is available in Jack Creek. Views of Boyden Hills to the north and Skookum Volcano formation to the south.
Mile 36.2 Skookum Volcano Trailhead. Hiking trail only.
Mile 40.2 Reeve Field and Nabesna River Trailhead. This is a multiple use trail. Views of Devil's Mountain to the east and the Nutzotin Mountains to the southeast.
Mile 42 End of state maintenance of Nabesna Road. There is private property on both sides of the road. Watch for children and horses. Please stay off the runway. Devil’s Mountain Lodge assesses a fee for parking on private property.
Overall, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the 5th most popular dirt bike trail of all 20 dirt biking rides in Alaska.