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Level: Easiest
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +218/190 ft
Total: 9 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lower Eagle River Trail

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#43 of 52 mountain bike trails in Alaska
#10088 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the Glenn Highway take the Hiland Road exit and head east towards Eagle River (the back way.)
Just before (south of) the bridge over Eagle River on Eagle River Loop Road, hang a right on the unmarked gravel road. Free parking is available at a popular raft/canoe take out point on the left side of the road. Day use parking ($5 fee) is available further down the road.
Access points to the trails exist near the free parking, and from the day-use area, as well as from various points in the residential areas via Hiland Road.
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  • JDH
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    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.

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