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Anchorage Recreation Sites
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoAnchorage Recreation Sites   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM)
Location: Anchorage, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

The Anchorage Recreation Program manages recreational use and tourism for the Iditarod National Historic Trail, the Unalakleet National Wild River and the Campbell Tract in Anchorage. Some off highway vehicle use is permitted in designated areas. Other activities in this area include camping, fishing, boating, hunting, and horseback riding.   More...

Bald Mountain Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoBald Mountain Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Recreation)
Location: Wasilla, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This trail is about 22 miles long and starts out as a rough dirt road in a wooded forest for the first few miles but becomes more of a technical trail as you go up in elevation and eventually climbs above the tree line and leads toward Bald Mountain Ridge.

The trail can get very muddy and has wide mud holes that can last well into the late summer months. A side trail leads to a memorial plaque and wreckage of a B-29 plane that happened in 1956.

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Belanger Pass Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoBelanger Pass Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (Privately Managed)
Location: Palmer, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This 13 mile route makes it's way up Belanger Pass and around the Syncline Mountains to the union of Flume Creek and Alfred Creek. Beware the fairly deep water crossings.

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Bird Creek Valley Trail
      Single Track      UTVs PermittedATVs Permitted
Trail PhotoBird Creek Valley Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Park)
Location: Anchorage, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located in the third largest state park in the United States, this state park has around six miles of ATV trails that consists of moderately difficult terrain and runs along the creek up to Bird Pass in Chugach State Park. The trail is well defined due to traffic from skiers, snowmobiles and ATVs. Grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles and wolves inhabit the area. The trail is accessible to ATV use May through September.

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Caribou Hills
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoCaribou Hills   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (DNR)
Location: Ninilchik, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Locally known as “The Hills”, this large area offers miles of old and rugged mining roads. There are several access points but the Clam Gulch Staging Area is the most convenient since it is located right next to the highway and has plenty of turnaround room for large vehicles.

Freddie's Roadhouse offers direct trail plus access plus free parking, offers cabin rentals and snowmobile rentals during the winter months. The members of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers are very active in maintaining this trail system.

Trail Map 1

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Circle-Fairbanks Historic Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoCircle-Fairbanks Historic Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Forest)
Location: Cleary Summit, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This old mining trail offers miles of scenic mountain views, numerous creek crossings. There are two staging areas, one near Cleary Summit and one near Twelve Mile Summit.

The trail is usually not passable until June and is popular with ATVs and 4x4s. The trails has a lot of sharp rocks and is really more of a slow and leisurely type of ride. During the winter months the trails can be explored by snowmobiles.

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Coal Mine Road
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoCoal Mine Road   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, AK Department of Fish and Game)
Location: Delta Junction, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

The Coal Mine Road is a rugged 4x4 trail that goes by eight small lakes and offers excellent mountain views plus decent fishing. The trail is usually not passable until mid summer and large trailers are not recommended.

Cabin rentals are available near Ken’s Pond and Coal Mine #5 Pond. There is no fee charged but reservations are required and must be made at least six months in advance. Call (907) 459-7228 for more details.

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Colorado Creek Trail
      Single Track      ATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoColorado Creek Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, State Recreation)
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This trail is more commonly used in the winter by snowmobiles and sleds, but is open in the summer to all motorized vehicles under 1,500 lbs. The trail heads east along the Duncan Creek drainage toward the White Mountains National Recreation Area, climbing gently for the first ten miles, then more steeply for the next three.

The BLM does not recommend the trail for OHVs in the summer due to "wet boggy" conditions, and they rate the trail as moderate difficulty. The trail leads to Wolf Run Cabin, which was burned in a fire in 2005, but the BLM plans to rebuild it soon.

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Crown Point Mine Trail
      Single Track      UTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoCrown Point Mine Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (National Forest)
Location: Lawing, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This trail is about ten miles long and leads to an old mine and is generally open for riding around May through September. The trail consists of a mix of hardpack gravel and rocky sections with some tree roots and can be snow covered well into June. The trail is often muddy but offers great scenic mountain views.

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Eureka Trails
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoEureka Trails   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Forest)
Location: Glenallen, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This popular area has over 150 miles of trails and several access points. The most popular place to park is at a gravel pit located about 2 miles east past the Eureka Lodge. The staging area offers plenty of flat parking and turnaround room for large trailers. Eureka Lodge also offers parking and has 20 RV spots with electric hookups, cabin rentals, hotel rooms and a restaurant.

The trails can get very muddy during spring thaw and inclement weather but can also get dusty during dry conditions. The trail system has a little of everything that ranges from steep hill climbs, ruts, deep mud and water holes and rocks. During the winter months the trails are used by snowmobiles.

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Fish Creek Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoFish Creek Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Forest)
Location: Paxson, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located near Paxson, Alaska, this 4x4 trail heads east and goes near Fish Lake and other smaller lakes. There are several water crossings and users must only cross at designated crossings. The area is known as a good fishing destination.

Trail Map 1 Trail Map 2

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Hatcher Pass
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoHatcher Pass   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (DNR)
Location: Willow, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located near Wasilla, Alaska, this large area offers many miles of 4x4 loops. The area is generally open for riding by July but exact dates vary. The area is usually very muddy and rarely dries out. The area is well known for its scenic forest and excellent mountain views.

Camping is permitted but is primitive so come prepared.

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Jodhpur Motocross Track
      MX Track      ATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoJodhpur Motocross Track   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Track  (City Land, Municipality of Anchorage)
Location: Anchorage, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This track is open for practice Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 8:30pm between the months of April through September. There is no fee to ride the track except during race events. The Anchorage Racing Lions Club maintains the track. Riding is prohibited on the sand dunes, in the woods and in the east upper parking lot.   More...

Klutina Lake Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoKlutina Lake Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, State Forest, Private)
Location: Copper Center, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located near Copper Center, Alaska, this 23-mile long 4x4 trail follows a scenic river and ends at Klutina Lake. The road is usually rough and muddy and only high clearance vehicles are recommended. A one acre parking site is located at the end of the trail and users are allowed park and camp up to 24 hours.

The trail goes through a mix of private, BLM and native owned lands so users must remain on the trail. A camping permit is required and can be obtained by contacting Ahtna, Inc.

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Knik Glacier Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoKnik Glacier Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Combo  (DNR)
Location: Palmer, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This 22 mile long OHV trail follows the Knik River and eventually leads toward a large glacier. The main staging area offers plenty of flat and level parking and primitive camping is permitted.

The trail winds through a woods section, open meadows and has numerous water crossings plus panoramic mountain views. The trail is open year-round but is usually very muddy.

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Middle Fork Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoMiddle Fork Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM)
Location: Glennallen, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This popular 4x4 trail is about 10 miles long and eventually ends at the Gulkana River. The trail can get very muddy and is rated as moderately difficult. During the winter months the trail is open to snowmobiles. Meier’s Lake Roadhouse offers full RV hookups, motel rooms, log cabin rentals, a gas station and a restaurant.

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Osar Lake Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoOsar Lake Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, DNR)
Location: Paxson, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This trail is about 8 miles long and connects to Osar Lake. Between the months of August and September the trail is heavily used by hunters. Trail Map 1. Trail Map 2.

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Permanente Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoPermanente Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (AK Department of Transportation)
Location: Sutton, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This part of the Chickaloon Trail System consists of three separate trails, Permante, Young Creek and the Kings River Trail. The Kings River Trail is located on the western side of the river and is rated as more difficult while the Permante Trail is located on the eastern side and is rated as easy. The Kings River Trail eventually crosses a river to connect with Permante Trail but is not recommended due to unpredictable currents and cold temperatures.

The trails can be accessed either by staging at the Kings River Bridge or the Permanente Trailhead. The Kings River Bridge offers plenty of turnaround room and is a good choice for large trailers while the Permanente Trailhead offers limited parking and is close to the highway.

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Petersville Road
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoPetersville Road   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (DNR)
Location: Trapper Creek, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Once an old wagon road used by miners, this area is now a popular ATV trail that leads toward the scenic old mining town of Petersville.

The trail is mostly flat with a few slight elevation changes but offers spectacular mountain and canyon views, several water crossings and goes near some old mines.

The area has a short window of time where it is not snow covered which is usually between July and August (anything earlier or later can be unpredictable). The trail is primarily used during the summer months by ATVs, UTVs and dual sport motorcycles and during the winter months the area is popular with snowmobiles.

There are several small turnouts along the road but for larger vehicles the preferred place to stage is near Kroto Creek.

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Polar Roller Raceway
      MX Track      ATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoPolar Roller Raceway   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Track  (Privately Owned / Commercial)
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Maintained by the Fairbanks Motorcycle Racing Lions, this track is open daily for practice from 8am to 10pm except days before and during race events. Mini quad practice is reserved Monday through Thursday from 5pm-8pm. Membership is required and is $125/person or family. Contact the club for race schedule and current track fees.   More...

Purinton Creek Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoPurinton Creek Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (DNR)
Location: Sutton, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This part of the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina trail system is about 10 miles long and eventually connects with the Boulder Creek Trail. The trail is usually very muddy and often has deep mud and water puddles to cross. This trail is one of the more difficult areas off the Glenn Highway.

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Quartz Creek Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      ATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoQuartz Creek Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, Nat Recreation)
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located near the White Mountains National Recreation Area, this old mining trail starts out off Nome Creek Road and heads north about 16 miles and ends at Quartz Creek. The trail crosses several streams and is very rocky with some steep and narrow switchbacks. Camping can be found at the end of the trail or at Mt. Pindle Campground.

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Red Rock Canyon Trail
      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoRed Rock Canyon Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (BLM, Private, State Mining Claims)
Location: Paxson, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Located off the Richardson Highway near Paxson, Alaska, this old mining road winds through a mix of state, federal and private lands. Most of the trail consists of hardpacked gravel with some scattered sharp rocks. The area goes through some narrow canyons and provides great mountain views.

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Rival Park Motocross Track
      MX Track      Motorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoRival Park Motocross Track   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Track  (Privately Owned / Commercial)
Location: Palmer, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

This local track has been around since 1996 and offers a groomed and watered track during practice sessions that are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 10pm, weather permitting. Quads are not permitted and an Anchorage Racing Lions membership is required which can be purchased at the track. Practice fees are $10/rider and there is a separate peewee track available for beginners.

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Stampede Trail
Primitive Camping      Single Track      4x4s PermittedUTVs PermittedATVs PermittedMotorcycles Permitted
Trail PhotoStampede Trail   Rating
Status: Open
Type: Trail  (State Forest)
Location: Healy, AK
Difficulty: Difficulty     View Details...   View Map...   Print...

Originally an old mining road built in the 1930‘s, this rugged trail begins outside Healy, Alaska and heads west and eventually connects with the Bus 142, the infamous shelter that was used by ill-fated hiker Christopher McCandless portrayed in the Jon Krakauer book and the 2007 film "Into The Wild" directed by Sean Penn.

The trail itself is not overly challenging but it eventually crosses the Teklanika River which is fast moving with deep and very cold water. This river is extremely dangerous and drownings have occurred when riders and machines have been swept away by the deceptively powerful current.

It is advised that you do not attempt to cross the river, especially during the summer months as glacier melt and rainy weather increase the river current and depth significantly.

Although crossing is sometimes feasible when the water is lowest (late winter / early spring), there is no specific time frame when crossing is advised.

If you wish to get to the bus you may be better off contacting a helicopter tour service. Another alternative is to check out the movie prop bus that was featured in the film and while downing a cold one at the nearby 49th State Brewery.

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