The Talkeetna Trails are year round, multiuse trails that form a loop between the town of Talkeetna, the Talkeetna River and the rolling hills that lie east of town. Some of the trails were originally built for cross-country skiing, others for access to logging areas and still others are old roads that have been abandoned. The trails now connect to form a loop that can be used year-round for a variety of recreational trail pursuits. The trails connect users to downtown Talkeetna along Beaver Lake Road, and to the Larson Lake Trail which heads east from the Ridge Trail.
How to get There
Old Lake Road Trailhead - From Mile 12.1 of the Talkeetna Spur Road go east on Comsat Road for .7 miles, take a left (north) on Christiansen Lake Road. Follow Christiansen Lake Road to the end where there is a large turn-around and parking area. Ridge Trail & Old RCA Trail Trailhead - From Mile 12.1 of the Talkeetna Spur Road go east on Comsat Road until the end of the road (about 3 miles) where there is a large turn-around and parking area.
Summer use includes hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, and horse back riding. Winter uses include snowmachine riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog mushing.
*Take note: Remember, non-motorized trail users have the right-of-way. This is especially important when machines and animals meet. ATV riders should yield to horseback riders, and snowmachine riders should yield to dog teams. Pull over, shut off the machine and wait while dog teams or horses pass.