June 12, 2009
Multi-use trail shared by foot, ATV, bike, (ski, snowmachine in season) traffic. Motorized traffic is limited to certain days of the week.
Begins at the Eklutna Lake campground and follows the length of the lake, continuing past the end of the lake ultimately to Eklutna glacier.
There are several fun singletrack splits where ATV traffic and foot/bike are separated along the length of the lake, including some almost permanently muddy sections. All of the fun, none of the guilt about trail erosion!
After the end of the lake, trail remains truck-trail (becoming rockier/bumpier) until ~mile 12.5/13 at which point it becomes a hike to the glacier (if it's still visible.) The views are spectacular as you progress and the valley becomes more narrow with the walls on either side becoming steeper with sheer vertical cliifs at points. Words can't do it justice.
The trail is very mellow - good for a family outing. On one run, our son, 9 at the time, managed 11 miles in/22 rt without complaint until the last mile or two. As a "Singletracks MTB trail", it's fairly ho-hum, but the views make it worth every second.
Do be bear aware. Saw 5 on one outing.