Horseback Trails in Chugach State Park

Horseback riding has always been a traditional use within Chugach State Park. Horse use by regulation is combined with mules and burros. Many trails are not able to handle the erosional impacts created by horses. Please be careful when traveling on trails not built for horses, especially during periods when soils are soft.
The use of these animals is allowed in Chugach State Park except in the following areas:

• Eagle River Valley
• Meadow Creek Drainage
• Turnagain Arm Trail
• Flattop Mountain Trails

Trails may also be closed on the Anchorage Hillside, South Fork of Eagle River and Indian Creek for erosional issues.
Use must be limited to 10 animals or less. Tethering of animals within 100 feet of fresh water is prohibited. No loose herding of animals allowed. (11 AAC 20.030)

Recommended Horseback Trails

Powerline & Gasline Trails:

Access: Upper Huffman Trailhead. Large lot for horse trailers.
Distance: 6 mile loop.
Difficulty: Easy
Special Features: Trail gives you great vistas of Anchorage, Denali, and Susitna.

Anchorage Hillside Brochure 

Eklutna Lakeside Trail

Access: Eklutna Lake Trailhead.
Distance: 12.7 miles
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. Views of steep canyon walls, waterfalls and Eklutna Glacier. Wildlife includes Dall sheep, mountain goats, pikas

Eklutna Brochure

Bird Valley

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: Plenty of miles of Valley Trails. Advanced riding up valley to Bird Pass. Access into Ship Creek Drainage
Difficulty: Easy, Seasonal muddy areas.
Special Features: Main trail follows creek up valley floor. Large trees, Views of Bird Ridge, Penguin Creek. 

Bird Valley Guide

Indian Valley

Access: Indian Valley Trailhead, Mile 103 Seward Highway. Turn toward mountains on Boretide Road. Follow Road to end.
Distance: 6 mile trail to Indian Pass. Trail access to Ship Valley.
Difficulty: Moderate to advanced.
Special Features: Great woodland valley views. Upper Valley has views of Turnagain arm.

Indian Valley Trail Guide

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