Lower Eagle River Trail

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
Lower* Eagle River trail parallels Eagle River, and provides a good variety of terrain, including some hills, mud, and even a river crossing of the South Fork. The majority of the trail consists of double wide (truck trail?) and fairly smooth terrain. Some singletrack spurs exist at various locations.

The trail appears to continue eastward from the Lollipop configuration described, as well as Southerly up the mountain, so alternative routes are very possible.

Please note that the trail passes through private property. This section is well marked with an easement. Please remain on the easement to ensure continued access to this beautiful area.

Be sure to check out the spur at the confluence of the North and South forks of the river. This area opens into a gravel bar with beautiful views of the mountain ranges surrounding the valley. This spot is also a popular salmon fishing area for both 2 and 4 legged fishermen, so consider bringing a pole AND some bear protection.

*named based on the annotations found on Google Maps.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (4)

April 27, 2014
Review: The trail actually goes threw private property for about 1/4 of a mile (not just 50ft), there are "Private Property" signs at each end of the property. The Park is currently working on a trail around the private property, but it is not finished and leads to a swamp at this time. Again, there is no path around the private property at this time (the right of way was established in 1988 and the Park has failed to establish a trail on the right of way since then. Please honor the private property and contact Chugach State Park in order to establish a trail.

Bunny Hop

December 19, 2013
Review: Easy, muddy and short trail just off the main road. From the Glenn Highway, take the Hiland Exit, turn off just before Biggs Bridge. Parking is ample. Trail goes to the river. If you park there and wade across (3ft deep in the summer) and hike another 1/2 mile uphill you'll find Eagle River Falls which are lovely. It does cross a corner of a private parcel, but only about 50ft into the easement. Park services cut the trail on private land, be respectful, pack your trash out.

July 14, 2013
Review: This is actually a road easement/right of way not a trail...hence the truck width! The confusion comes from the locked gate and the signs posted "No Motor Vehicles". Since it is a public easment/row, vehicles can and do use the road to access private property.

Also, there is no easement through the private property...there is a road/trail, but it is for private use only. The easement goes around the property but has not been developed at this time. if you are using this road and make it to the South Fork crossing, you have trespassed across private property...unless you follow the property line through the swamp.

Please be respectful of private property.


October 3, 2009
JDH Trailblazer  
Review: Great views of the Eagle River Valley. It was a little muddy when I rode it today, but that's Alaska in the fall. There are a few short single track trails leading off the main trail which are fun to ride. There is one nice jump right after the river crossing but it's jump-able on the way back but you have to hit the breaks as you land to keep from running into the river with too much speed. In all a fun ride and easy trail tread.

Lower Eagle River Trail MTB Trail 3.00 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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