Hurricane Turn Train (Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch)

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This train leaves from Talkeetna from Thursday through Sunday during the summer season. Guests can choose to ride round trip to Hurricane Gulch, hop off at any given mile post, or take a guided rafting trip down the Susitna River.

Conductor makes time to chat with passengers

Conductor makes time to chat with passengers

Take this train to...

  • Experience a flagstop train used by locals, which stops with the wave of a flag
  • See wilderness areas accessible only by rail
  • Option of returning by raft from Chase with Denali View Rafting
  • Travel with flexibility; the conductor will let you off at the mile post of your choice.

Meet the Locals

Riding the Hurricane Turn Train between Talkeetna and Hurricane Gulch is a great way to meet local Alaskans in a casual, laid back environment. Many of the passengers on the train are Alaskans who use the service as a way to reach cabins or homes that are inaccessible any other way. This train still operates as a flag stop service, allowing passengers to hop on and off as they please. To disembark, they simple notify the conductor of the milepost where they wish to stop. To get back on, its as easy as a wave of a flag. The area where most of the cabins are located is known as Chase, which is home to approximately 40 year round residents. They use the Alaska Railroad as their lifeline to transport necessary goods from the larger cities back to their homes in the wilderness. Often these individuals are very open to sharing their stories, and will paint a picture of what life is really like in backcountry Alaska.

What it’s really like

In addition to meeting local Alaskans, it’s a chance to see parts of Alaska off the road system. You’ll slowly chug through vast stretches of trees, with mountains looming overhead, looking for wildlife. Go all the way to Hurricane and you’ll cross the spectacular Hurricane Gulch bridge over Hurricane Creek, 296 feet above the water. Departing from Talkeetna, you can get off at any mile post along the 2-hour, 55-mile route to Hurricane, then pick up the train on the way back that afternoon, or spend a few days before you depart.

Riders can also spend a half-day and take the train just 10 miles, to Chase, then slowly float back down to Talkeetna on the Susitna River with Denali View Rafting. It’s an easy way to do a mellow float down a glacial river. Your guide will stop along the way to show you salmon spawning areas and to walk on a glacial silt island. You’ll have lunch along the way, and all the while you’ll keep an eye out for bear, bald eagles, beavers, fox, and moose. Lunch, snacks, refreshments and rain gear are provided. The total tour time is 4.5 hours and costs $169 per adult and $120 per child.

Summer Schedule

Departure LocationDeparture Time
Talkeetna (mi. 226.7)1:00 pm
Chase (236.2)1:15 - 1:30 pm
Curry (248.5)1:50 pm
Sherman (257.7)2:10 pm
Gold Creek (263.2)2:30 pm
Twin Bridges (270)2:45 pm
Chulina (273.8)3:00 pm
Hurricane (284)3:30 pm
Departure LocationDeparture Time
Hurricane (mi. 284)4:30 pm
Chulina (273.8)4:45 pm
Twin Bridge (270)4:50 - 5:10 pm
Gold Creek (263.2)5:30 pm
Sherman (257.7)5:45 - 6:00 pm
Curry (248.5)6:20 pm
Chase (236.2)6:45 pm
Talkeetna (226.7)7:15 pm

Winter Schedule

Departure LocationDeparture Time
Anchorage (mi. 114.3)8:30 am
Wasilla (159.8)9:50 am
Talkeetna (226.7)11:25 am
Hurricane (281.4)1:40 pm
Departure LocationDeparture Time
Hurricane (mi. 281.4)2:45 pm
Talkeetna (226.7)4:50 pm
Wasilla (159.8)6:25 pm
Anchorage (114.3)8:00 pm
  • The Hurricane Turn Winter Train only operates the first Thursday of each month from October thru May.

What to Bring

  • Dress for comfort. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a light jacket for those glacial river breeze that can be chilly.
  • Bring a camera and lots of films.
  • Sunglasses

Getting There

Mile 13.5 Talkeetna Spur Rd
Talkeetna, AK 99676

By Car: The Talkeetna train depot is located at Mile 13.5 Talkeetna Spur Rd.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Mid-May to Mid-September
Rates Round-trip Summer Fares // Talkeetna to Hurricane | Adults $110 | Children $55 | May 17 - Sept 17
Winter Fares // Anchorage to Hurricane roundtrip | Adults $129 | Children $65 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Anchorage to Wasilla one way | Adults $67 | Children $34 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Anchorage to Talkeetna one way | Adults $79 | Children $40 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Anchorage/Wasilla to Hurricane one way | Adults $91 | Children $46 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Wasilla to Talkeetna one way | Adults $67 | Children $34 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Talkeetna to Hurricane one way | Adults $52 | Children $27 | First Thursday of the Month & Oct – May
Rate Notes The Summer Hurricane Train departs from Talkeetna on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, and certain holidays.
There is no dining available on the Hurricane Turn Train for either summer or winter. Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and meals.
U.S. military receive 20% discount from regular fares with proper identification.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation offers a Half Fare Program for seniors (65+), Medicare card holders, and individuals with certain disabilities, allowing them to travel for half fare during non-peak times (non-summer months).

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Hurricane Turn Train (Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch)

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