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Pinochle Creek Trail

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Other Names

Hicks Creek Trail, Knik-nelchina Trail, Purinton Creek, Eureka Trails, Belanger Pass, Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina

Last Known StatusOpen

The Pinochle Creek Trail is about 16 miles long and starts off north of the Glenn Highway and follows Hicks Creek. The terrain is mostly easy but can be very difficult during wet weather or summer months which can create large mud bogs and deep water crossings that require a winch.

The Pinochle Trail Campground is located right across the main trailhead and offers easy access. The campground is new but currently has no hookups but has nice gravel pads plus plenty of room to park.

The trail is open year-round and during the winter months snowmobiles are permitted. The trail also ties into the nearby Eureka and Puritan areas.

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REGULATIONS

Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
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)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandDNR, Private

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Pinochle Trail Campground Fee

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityGlacier View, AK
AddressPinochle Lane, Glacier View, AK 99674
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From: Anchorage, AK
1) AK-1/Glenn Highway north about 90 miles
2) Pinochle Trail Campground is on the right (south).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoAlaska DNR - Southcentral Regional Office
550 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-8564
kyle.kidder@alaska.gov
aws.state.ak.us
Contact InfoPinochle Trail Campground
Pinochle Lane
Glacier View, AK 99674
(907) 707-6228
info@pinochlecamp.com
www.pinochletrail.com

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail16
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1780 to 3348 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis private land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis private land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis private land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis private land has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

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KEY SERVICES

Gasoline GasolineGlacier View, AK
Diesel DieselGlacier View, AK
Potable Water WaterGlacier View, AK
RV Hookups RV HookupGlacier View, AK
RV Dump Station RV DisposalGlacier View, AK
Primitive Camping CampgroundGlacier View, AK
Convenience Store Conv StoreGlacier View, AK
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