A winter trail system consisting of a series of loops that allow dog mushers (and other nonmotorized trail users) to travel 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 or 16 miles depending on the route one takes. The trails traverse large swamps and Black Spruce forests and are generally wide enough for one dog sled (3-5’). In some places along the trails the tracks are wide enough for two sleds to pass. The trails must be traveled in a specific direction to avoid conflict with dog teams. They are well marked with directional indicators and colors to indicate the length of the loop. At the south end of the trail system there is a connection to the Iditarod National Historic Trail.
How to get There
Aurora Dog Mushers Winter Trail System is located south of Big Lake. From the intersection with the Parks Highway at MP 52.5 follow South Big Lake Road west for 5.7 miles to Echo Lake Drive, turn left and proceed south on Echo Lake Drive for a mile where the road splits, turn west onto Gonder Way, proceed 1/2 mile on Gonder Way and take another left onto the access road for Aurora Dog Mushers race staging area. The road is gated and closed in the summer.
The Aurora Dog Mushing Trail System is maintained and managed for dog mushing by the Aurora Dog Mushing Club. It is available for use by the public during ‘non-racing’ days only. Cross-country skiing and skijoring are allowed, but must yield to dog teams.
*Take note: Many local professional dog mushers use this area for training and the Aurora Dog Mushers use it for races. Please check with the Aurora Dog Mushers Club for their race schedule and possible trail closures before using the trails. Always follow the direction of the course and yield to dog teams. Loose dogs are prohibited. Always keep your dogs leashed (or harnessed) and under your control. Check their website for the latest information.