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Knik Glacier Trail

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Knik River Trail, Knik Glacier, Jim Creek, Knik River Public Use Area, RST 17 Trail, Metal Creek, Knick River Glacier Run

Last Known StatusOpen

This 22 mile long offroad trail follows the Knik River and eventually leads toward a large glacier. A large flat parking spot is available which has plenty of room for large trailers.

The area has a wide variety of terrain that ranges from open meadows, gravel areas, narrow woods trails with deep water and mud crossings. All vehicle types are permitted but the area is especially popular with the ATV and 4x4 crowd during weekends.

The area is open year-round but can get very muddy during spring thaw.

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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement


Miles Of Trail22
Climate TypeForest
Elevation60 to 300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis OHV area has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe OHV area has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe OHV area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis OHV area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis OHV area has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis OHV area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe OHV area has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes
LandDepartment of Natural Resources



Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron          (907) 746-6363
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron          (907) 746-6363
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Mt. View R.V. Park (907) 745-5747
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Mt. View R.V. Park (907) 745-5747
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Mt. View R.V. Park (907) 745-5747
Primitive Camping Campground20-30 Miles (SW)Eagle River Campground (907) 269-8400
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)The Green Store (907) 746-0183




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityPalmer, AK
AddressSullivan Ave, Palmer, AK 99645
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Anchorage, AK
1) Take SR-1 North to the exit for Old Glenn Highway
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto Old Glenn Highway, continue 10.2 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Sullivan Avenue, continue about 1 mile
4) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoAlaska DNR - Southcentral Regional Land Office
550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1260
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
(907) 269-8508
(907) 269-8552


Knik Glacier OHV Area Photo

Knik Glacier Trail OHV Area

Photo Submitted 3/7/2015 (Thanks!)

Knik Glacier OHV Area Photo

Knik Glacier Trail OHV Area

Photo Submitted 8/7/2014 (Thanks!)

Knik Glacier OHV Area Photo

Knik Glacier Trail OHV Area

Photo Submitted 11/16/2014 (Thanks!)

Knik Glacier OHV Area Photo

Knik Glacier Trail OHV Area

Photo Submitted 1/29/2016 (Thanks!)

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