Featured HORSE TRAILS
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River in the Chugach State Park, the Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 12.7 mile one-way horseback riding 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.
East of Anchorage in the Chugach Mountains, the Crow Pass / Iditarod National Historic Trail is a 26 mile route from Girdwood in the south to Eagle River in the north. The first 4.5 miles of trail are suitable for horseback riding. The horse trail has steady uphill climbs with some steep sections with switchbacks. Well maintained although some large rocks are embedded in trail surface, and trail crosses some rock scree slopes.
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 horseback riding route passes large trees along the way.
South of Glennallen, the 25 mile Klutina Lake Trail is a scenic multi-purpose route open to horseback riding. The route runs from the Richardson Highway at MP 23.5 to Klutina Lake along the Klutina River.
West of Paxson, the McLaren River Trail is open to horseback 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, and depending upon river conditions, the trail may be impassable. The trail continues almost all the way to the McLaren Glacier.