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Permanente Trail

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Other Names

Kings River Trail, Young Creek, Ruby Lake, Chickaloon Trail, Matanuska River, Chickaloon-knik-nelchina Trail System, House Rock

Last Known StatusOpen

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 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 are usually very muddy with numerous water crossings so come prepared.

The trails can be accessed by staging at the Kings River Bridge or the Permanente Trailhead. The Kings River Bridge has 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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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorRecommendedA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is recommended.
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 CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation545 to 1200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
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 almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
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 vacant land has no sand or gravel pits.None
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 little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandAK Department of Transportation


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)King Mountain Chickaloon General Store (907) 746-1801
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)King Mountain Chickaloon General Store (907) 746-1801
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Pinnacle Mountain RV and Cafe (907) 746-6531
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Pinnacle Mountain RV and Cafe (907) 746-6531
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Pinnacle Mountain RV and Cafe (907) 746-6531
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteKings River Recreation Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)King Mountain Chickaloon General Store (907) 746-1801




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySutton, AK
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Anchorage, AK
1) AK-1/Glenn Highway North to mile post 66
2) Turn left (north) off the highway, follow signs for the trailhead.

For the Permanente Trailhead:
3) Continue east past the Kings River Bridge 5.7 miles to mile post 72
4) Trailhead is on the left (north).

**Note: The Permanente Trailhead is an unmarked pullout located on the north side of the highway and is easy to miss. Parking is limited and large trailers are not recommended.


Contact InfoAlaska Department of Transportation
3132 Channel Drive
Juneau, AK 99811-2500
(907) 465-3900


Permanente Trail Photo

Permanente Trail

Photo Submitted 8/7/2014 (Thanks!)

Permanente Trail Photo

Permanente Trail

Photo Submitted 6/27/2015 (Thanks!)

Permanente Trail Photo

Permanente Trail

Photo Submitted 2/22/2015 (Thanks!)

Permanente Trail Photo

Permanente Trail

Photo Submitted 7/14/2016 (Thanks!)

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