Under an hour from Anchorage, this 22-mile drive takes you away from Alaska’s towns and cities, and into Chugach State Park. The road is smooth with twists and turns, and runs alongside Eklutna River, and the beautiful and glacial Eklutna Lake. You can also see Twin Peaks over the trees.
From Anchorage, take the Glenn Highway north to the Eklutna exit at Mile 26 toward the mountains. Then take the Eklutna Lake Road east, continuing into the mountains, about 10 miles. It dead ends at the Eklutna Lake recreation area, near the lakeshore. A $5 fee or state parking pass is required. Outhouses are open all year.
Want to let the kids romp on a beach beneath a million-dollar view of mile-high peaks? Paddle a pristine lake? Tucked into the woods at the northern foot of Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park, this campground offers families unique access to a mountain wilderness valley laced with interesting features and 25-mile network of multi-use trails.
Riding Alaska ATV Tours showcase the wonders of the glacially-fed Eklutna Lake area, a local favorite hidden away just outside Anchorage. Bring the family for a fully-guided ride along the lake and beyond – across gravel moraines, over rushing rivers and through woodlands, to within sight of Eklutna glacier itself. Sit back and relax while your driver does all the work! Keep a look out: the peaceful landscape is alive with wildlife, including bear, mountain goats, moose, and Dall sheep.
The start of this trail leads to the secluded Eklutna Lake, a great spot to picnic, hike, or fish. The trail is nice and easy, and takes you out 10 miles where you can then continue on to get a better look at Eklutna Glacier!
Eklutna Lakeside Trial is also a popular biking trail. Alternate days 4 wheelers have use, but they cannot use the cutoffs closest to the lake. The More...
This trail quickly gains elevation on its way to an alpine meadow framed by the dramatic Twin Peaks and Goat Rock, but climbs to magnificent views overlooking the entire valley. Dall Sheep are often spotted above the timberline. From here there is a spectacular view of the lake below. This is also a good place for berry picking in the fall. Because of the crushed rocks, the trail is hardly ever muddy.
Certain paths leading to the Eklutna Lakeside Trail are pedestrian only, so pay attention to ATV trail access in the campgrounds. ATVs are only allowed on the Eklutna Lakeside Trail Sunday through Wednesday, April 1-November 30.