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Caribou Hills

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

The Hills, Center Plateau, Tustemena Lake, Ninilchik Dome, Blueberry Ridge, North Fork Deep Creek, Clam Gulch, Watermelon Trail, Kenai Peninsula

Last Known StatusOpen

Locally known as 'The Hills', this large area offers miles of old and rugged mining roads. The trails are open year-round but during the summer months the terrain can get muddy with deep water puddles. All vehicle types are permitted but the area is best explored on four wheels.

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. Direct trail access, free parking, cabin rentals and snowmobile rentals can be found at Freddie's Roadhouse. All Seasons Campground is just a few miles away and offers 52 full hookups, plenty of tent space and cabins with full kitchens and showers.

Be sure to say thanks to the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers for maintaining this very popular trail system.

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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 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandDepartment of Natural Resources




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityNinilchik, AK
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Homer, AK
For the Clam Gulch Staging Area:
1) Take AK-1 North about 50 miles
2) Staging area is on the right (east).

For the Gravel Pit Staging Area:
1) Take AK-1 North about 35 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Oil Well Road, continue about 17 miles.

**Note: Oil Well Road is a long and rough with a few narrow and steep sections. Large trailers are not recommended.


Contact InfoAlaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1260
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
(907) 269-8400
Contact InfoAlaska Department of Fish And Game
3298 Douglas Place
Homer, AK 99603-7942
(907) 235-8191
Contact InfoCaribou Hills Cabin Hoppers
P.O. Box 375
Clam Gulch, AK 99568
(907) 262-0292
Contact InfoAll Seasons Campground
63960 Oil Well Rd
Ninilchik, AK 99639
(907) 567-3396


Caribou Hills Trail Photo

Caribou Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 9/2/2015 (Thanks!)

Caribou Hills Trail Photo

Caribou Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 9/2/2015 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 2000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
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 vacant land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
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


Gasoline GasolineOn SiteFreddie's Roadhouse (907) 567-7530
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Chinook Tesoro (907) 567-3473
Potable Water WaterOn SiteFreddie's Roadhouse (907) 567-7530
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)All Seasons Campground (907) 567-3396
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)All Seasons Campground (907) 567-3396
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)All Seasons Campground (907) 567-3396
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Chinook Tesoro (907) 567-3473
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