Biking in Chugach State Park
Biking is a popular activity in Chugach State Park. Whether you are out for an afternoon ride with your family or out soloing one of the more challenging trails in the front range, a trail that fits your needs awaits.
Be aware only specific Chugach State Park trails are open to biking. Make sure you know the trail that you plan to ride is open by regulation. Citations are issued for violations. 11 AAC 20.050
Bicycles are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas and on the following trails. Bicycles are also allowed on any trail when it is specifically open to snowmobiles. Find out about snowmobile openings here.
Access: Eklutna Lake Trailhead.
Distance: 12.7 miles or 21.8 kilometers one way to Eklutna Glacier.
Elevation Gain: 300 feet or 91 meters.
Difficulty: Easy - abandoned roadbed with bridges.
Special Features: Trail follows lakeshore for 7 miles, then onto glacial gravel bars. Last mile is footpath through glacial debris. Views of steep canyon walls, waterfalls and Eklutna Glacier. Wildlife includes Dall sheep, mountain goats, pikas.
Access: Parking areas near Girdwood, Indian, Bird, or Bird Creek Campground.
Distance: 13 miles from Indian to Bird.
Elevation Gain: limited
Difficulty: Easy. Paved. Turnagain arm wind gusts can make riding difficult.
Special Features: Good views of Turnagain Arm. Wheelchair accessible.
Indian to Girdwood Pathway Trail Guide
Access: Bird Creek Trailhead, Mile 101 Seward Hwy. Turn toward mountains on Konikson Road and go 0.6 miles to park trailhead and gate.
Distance: 4.5 miles to signed closure. Riding allowed on all old Logging roads in Valley
Difficulty: Easy, Seasonal muddy areas.
Special Features: Main trail follows creek up valley floor. Large trees. Fork to right at 0.7 mile leads to Penguin Creek. Great family riding area.
Bird Valley Guide
Access: The trailhead is located at the end of Malcom Drive near Sierra Mesa Circle in Chugiak. Access to this area is via the Peters Creek Exit at Mile 21 of the Glenn Highway.
Distance: 15 miles to signed closure. Good riding surface does not last much past stream crossing around mile 6.
Difficulty: Moderate to advanced.
Special Features: There are nice woodland views at lower elevations. Be sure to stay on the trail in these areas. There are also views of upper Cook Inlet and Eagle River from this area.
- Gasline (From Prospect Heights Trailhead to Indian Trailhead)
- Powerline Trail
- Powerline Access Trail (Glen Alps to Powerline)
- Wolverine Bowl Trail
- Middle Fork Loop from intersection of Near Point to signed end of Homestead Road
- South Fork Rim Trail
- Silver Fern Trail
- White Spruce Trail
- Llama Trail
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Special Features: Good Loop Trails, Downhill ride from Glen Alps connects to municipality trail system and BLM trails in Far North Bicentennial Park.
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