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Trails

The Municipality of Anchorage boasts an award-winning trail system citywide. Enthusiasts of skiing, running , biking, walking, horseback riding, hiking, roller blading, dog mushing, snowshoeing and ski joring can enjoy our trails.

Many trails are multi-use and require consideration of other users. Trail etiquette is essential to your enjoyment of trails.

For your convenience, we have also listed the Eagle River area trails separately.

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Statistical Trail Information

Paved bike trails/multi-use trails                                    120+ miles/195 kms
Plowed winter walkways 130 miles/216 kms 
Maintained ski trails 105 miles/175+ kms 
Dog mushing trails  36 miles/60 kms
Summer non-paved hiking trails 87 miles/145+ kms     
Lighted ski trails 24 miles/40 kms
Ski-joring trails 66 kms 
Equestrian trails 10 kms

Numerous trails connect to the Chugach State Park, a high, alpine tundra park of some 495,000 acres.

MULTI-USE TRAILS - These are trails that can be used for biking, walking, running, rollerblading, etc.

WINTER MULTI-USE TRAILS - One side of the trail has tracks set for diagonal skiers and should be avoided by other users. The packed portion of these trails are used for skate skiing, snowshoeing, ski-joring, running, biking, etc.

General Rules on the Trail
  • Always Use Safe Speeds... Trails are not for racing. Slow to 5mph at tunnels and in congested areas. Always ride or skate under control.
  • Always Wear a Bicycle Helmet... Have Children Wear Protective Bike Helmets for Their Safety and Yours too!
  • Always Speak to Horses so They Don t Spook... Horse lovers will tell you to help them by saying "hello" or simply speaking to them. That way the horse will know you are human. Otherwise, depending on the horse, they may be spooked.
  • Be Courteous to All Users...These are multi-use trails. Please be respectful of all users, regardless of their mode, slow speed or level of skill. Smile and speak to others.
  • Be Predictable... Sudden changes in direction or position on the trail cause accidents. Glance behind you before changing position on the trails.
  • Be Considerate and Pick up Your Pet's Litter. It's the Law...
  • Control Your Dog (Always use a leash) on the Trails... Don't allow your dog to be a hazard to others, keep him by your side on the trails. Remember to scoop up after your dog.
  • Don't Block the Trail... When you're in a group or with a pet, use no more then half the trail. Don't block the flow of other users.
  • Keep Right Except to Pass... Always stay to the right on the trail to allow others to pass safely on your left.
  • Keep the Trail Clean... Don't litter, pack your trash.
  • Pedestrians and Equestrians Always have the Right-of-Way... Be aware of what and who is around you.
  • Respect Sensitive Trail Conditions, Horses Damage Soft and Muddy Trails... Please avoid earthen trails during muddy, soft ground conditions. The tracks you leave behind will be there all season. Trail use may be limited in the spring and fall seasons.
  • Ride Single File and in the Same Direction as Traffic...
  • Serious or Speed Cyclists are Asked to Use the Surface Streets...
  • Slower Traffic has the Right-of-Way... All users yield to slower traffic. Bicycles & skaters yield to pedestrians & equestrians.
  • Use Voice or Bell When Passing... People don't always hear you coming, so please say, "on your left" when approaching from behind.
  • Use Lights at Night for Visibility... Be safe, let others see you coming.
  • Yield When Entering or Crossing Trails and Roads... Always yield to traffic in roadways or when entering the trail from trailheads or spurs. Don't count on others stopping for you. Drivers don't always see you when pulling up to an intersection.
  • Track setting on trails are for diagnoal skiing only. Even though these are multi-use trails, be respectful of these tracks, they are easily damaged by dogs, runners, biking, etc. Those not diagnoal skiing need to stay on the packed portion of the trai.
  • Trails are for non-motorized activities... Report any motorized activities on trails to APD at 786-8500.
BEFORE YOU START, PLEASE CONSIDER:
  • Be Alert! We share our trails with wildlife (bears, moose, coyotes). When in bear country, noisy travel is best (talking, bells, etc.) and will alert wildlife to your presence.
  • Bring some water. Creek Water is not a Safe Source. Drinking Fountains are Far and Few.
  • You Can Help us if you Pick up that Piece of Litter Every Trip Out...
  • Take Frequent Stops to Enjoy the Scenery...
  • Report Damages of Your Park System to us by filling out the Park Maintenance Feedback Form.
  • Above all...HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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Parks Maintenance Section

If you have requests, comments, need to report damages/vandalism, or just have questions regarding maintenance of parks or trails, please contact us online by filling out the Park Maintenance Feedback Form.

Should you be in need of immediate assistance, please call 343-4554..

Trails

Coastal Trail / Chester Creek Mileage Chart

The following is a partial list of trails and the distances are approximate:

  • Abbott Road Trail
    Independence Drive to Birch Road
    Mileage: 2.00
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  • Birch Road Trail
    Birch Road to DeArmoun Road
    Mileage: 2.50
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  • A Street Trail
    36th Avenue to 10th Avenue
    Mileage: 1.10
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  • C Street Trail
    Dimond Blvd. to 36th Avenue
    Mileage: 3.00
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  • Campbell Creek Greenbelt
    Victor Road to C Street
    Mileage: 1.00
  • C Street to Old Seward Highway
    Mileage: 2.00
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  • Blackberry Street to Northwood Drive
    Mileage: .50
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  • Jewel Lake Road Trail
    W. No. Lights Blvd. (south.on Wisconsin St.) to Int'l Apt Road
    Mileage:1.75
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  • Lake Otis Parkway Trail
    Tudor Road/Lake Otis Parkway to Huffman Road
    Mileage:4.00
  • Lake Otis Parkway Trail
    E. 84th Avenue to Dowling Road
    Mileage:1.50
  • Lake Otis Parkway Trail
    Dowling Road to Service High School
    Mileage:4.00
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  • Northern Lights Trail
    Minnesota Drive to Earthquake Park
    Mileage:8.00
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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    2nd Avenue to Westchester Lagoon
    Mileage:1.6
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    Westchester to Kincaid Park
    Mileage:9.3
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  • Victor Road/Southport Drive/Klatt Road Trail
    Victor Road to Southport Drive to Klatt Road
    Mileage: 6.00
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  • Wisconsin Street (south on Jewel Lake Rd.) to Int'l. Airport Road
    Mileage:.25
  • Int'l. Airport Road (south on Jewel Lake Rd.) to Dimond Blvd.
    Mileage:3.75
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  • C Street Trail
    3rd Avenue to Government Hill School
    Mileage: 1.00
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  • Baxter Road Trail
    DeBarr Road to Benny Benson School
    Mileage: 2.00
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  • Chester Creek Greenbelt
    Goose Lake to Westchester via Chester Creek
    Mileage: 4.00
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  • Northern Lights Boulevard Trail
    Muldoon Road to Lake Otis
    Mileage: 4.00
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  • Russian Jack Spur
    Russian Jack Springs Park to Goose Lake via East High Overpass
    Mileage: 1.50
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  • 15th Avenue and L Street Trail
    South of 15th Avenue to Hillcrest Drive
    Mileage: .59
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  • E. 88th Avenue Trail
    Lake Otis Parkway to Dimond Boulevard
    Mileage: .44
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  • A Street Trail
    36th Avenue to 15th Avenue
    Mileage: 1.60
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  • Benson Street Trail
    Lois Drive to New Seward Highway (north side)
    Mileage: 1.93
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  • R/R Tracks to Lake Otis Parkway (south side)
    Mileage: 2.85
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  • Birchwood Loop Trail
    Althanius Street to Chugiak High School
    Mileage: .60
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  • Boniface Parkway Trail
    Glenn Highway to North of DeBarr Road
    Mileage: .47
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  • Brayton Drive Trail
    DeArmoun Road to Legacy Drive
    Mileage: .50
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  • C Street Trail
    15th Avenue to 36th Avenue
    Mileage: 2.72
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  • DeArmoun Trail
    Old Seward Highway to Lake Otis Parkway
    Mileage: .30
  • Brayton Drive to Westwind Drive
    Mileage: .20
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  • DeBarr Road Trail
    Airport Heights Drive to Muldoon Road
    Mileage: 6.00
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  • Dimond Boulevard Trail
    Hurtle Curve to the end of Dimond Blvd.
    Mileage: 6.40
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  • Eagle River Loop Road Trail
    Baranoff Drive to Briggs Bridge
    Mileage: 1.00
  • Briggs Bridge to 2nd Street
    Mileage: .90
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  • Eagle River Road Trail
    Old Glenn Highway to the end
    Mileage: 2.41
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  • Glenn Highway Trail
    Boniface Parkway to North Birchwood Loop
    Mileage: 18.67
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  • Hurtle Road Trail
    88th Avenue to Dimond Blvd.
    Mileage: .26
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  • Huffman Road Trail
    New Seward Highway to Lake Otis Parkway
    Mileage: .50
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  • International Airport Road Trail
    Homer Drive to Minnesota Drive
    Mileage: 1.95
  • Minnesota Drive to the airport
    Mileage: 2.30
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  • Lake Otis Parkway Trail
    Tudor Road to Northern Lights Blvd. (both sides)
    Mileage: 1.98
  • DeArmoun Road to Rabbit Creek Road
    Mileage: .50
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  • Muldoon Road Trail
    Glenn Highway to Old Seward Highway (north side)
    Mileage: 7.36
  • New Seward Highway
    Benson Blvd. To 15th Avenue (east side)
    Mileage: 1.00
  • DeArmoun Road to Brayton Drive tunnel
    Mileage: .10
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  • Northern Lights Boulevard Trail
    Lake Otis Parkway to R/R tracks
    Mileage: 1.68
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  • Raspberry Road Trail
    Northwood Street to E. dead end
    Mileage: .50
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  • Tudor Road Trail
    C Street to Bering Street
    Mileage: .24
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Dog Mushing Trails
  • Far North Bicentennial Park
  • Trail starts at Dick Tozier Memorial track located at 3400 Tudor
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  • Eagle River Beach Lake
  • 24 miles of groomed trails
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Equestrian Trails
  • Ruth Arcand Park (Equestrian Center)
  • These trails are located off Abbott Road
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Hiking Trails
  • Far North Bicentennial ParkTudor Road - 30 kilometers of trail. Wooded areas
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  • Campbell Creek GreenbeltLake Otis Pkwy - 18 acres - maintained trails
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  • Centennial Park
    Glenn Highway - 5 kilometers - wooded, hilly terrain
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  • Chester Creek Greenbelt
    E. Northern Lights Blvd - 13 miles of hiking
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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    Westchester Lagoon to Kincaid Park - 9.3 paved miles
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  • Hillside Park
    Abbott Road - 12 kilometers of trails - 420 acres of wooded park land
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  • Kincaid Park
    W. Raspberry Road - 48 kilometers - 1400 acres of park land
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  • Muldoon Park
    Muldoon Road - 4 kilometers of trails
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  • Eagle River Edmunds Lake
    7.5 kilometers. Non-maintained. Unpaved
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  • Eagle River Beach Lake
    17 kilometers. Non-maintained. Unpaved
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Multi-Use Trails
  • Far North Bicentennial Park
    30 kilometers of trails through wooded areas - excellent views and photo points. Trails are not maintained, no rest facilities.
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  • Centennial Park
    5 kilometers of wooded trails - hilly terrain - near Chugach Mountains. Rest facilities are available.
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  • Hillside Park
    12 kilometers off trails - excellent hiking. Trails are maintained and a rest facility is available.
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  • Kincaid Park
    1400 acres of park land - 48 kilometers of trails - Varied. Trails are maintained and rest facilities are available.
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  • Muldoon Park
    4 kilometers - non-maintained
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  • Eagle River Edmunds Lake
    7.5 kilometers - non maintained
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  • Eagle River Beach Lake
    17 kilometers - non maintained
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Running

For in-depth race information, consult the Alaska Runners Calendar, or purchase your own copy by sending a check (in the amount you think the calendar is worth to you) made payable to MOA, and mail to:

Parks & Recreation
Attn: Runners Calendar
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519-6650

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Running Trails - Winter Maintained
  • Abbott Road Trail
    8 miles from Campbell Creek Park to Service High then to DeArmoun Road via Birch Road
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  • Baxter Road Trail
    2 miles along the east side of Baxter Road from Nunaka Valley Park to Tudor Road
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  • Bragaw Road Trail
    1.5 miles along roadway for Clark Jr. High to East High School
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  • Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail
    4 miles from Westchester Lagoon to Goose Lake Park
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  • Delaney Park Loop
    2 mile loop trail around Park Strip between 9th and 10th Avenues and A and P Streets
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  • Jewel Lake Trail
    3 miles on the west side of Jewel Lake Road from Spenard
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  • South Anchorage Trail
    3 mile trail from Campbell Creek Park on Dimond Blvd to John s Park on Oceanview
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  • C Street Trail
    2.5 mile trail on west side of C Street from Dimond Blvd to 36th Avenue
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  • Campbell Creek Gnbt/Taku Park
    3 mile trail from Dimond Blvd to Old Seward Highway
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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    10.9 miles of multi-use trail from 2nd Avenue to Kincaid Park
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Cross-Country Ski Trails - Winter Maintained
  • Campbell Creek Greenbelt/Taku Park
    Approximately 5 kilometers of multi-use trail extending from Dimond Blvd to the Old Seward Hwy.
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  • Eagle River Edmunds Lake
    7.5 kilometers of ungroomed ski trail
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  • Eagle River Beach Lake
    17 kilometer of groomed ski trail; 3.5 kilometers lighted
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  • Hillside/Far North Bicentennial Parks
    7 kilometers of lighted ski trails and 32 kilometers of maintained cross-country ski trails and many kilometers of ungroomed trails for back country skiing.
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  • Kincaid Park Outdoor Center
    16.5 kilometers of lighted ski trails and 50 kilometers of maintained cross-country ski trails; intermediate to advanced.
Kincaid Trail Map
  • Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Greenbelt
    10 kilometers of multi-use trail extending from Goose Lake Area Goose Lake to Westchester Lagoon. 4.5 kilometers lighted trail.
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  • Russian Jack Springs
    5 kilometer trail (some lighted) that connects with the Chester Creek Trail. Set for diagonal skiing only
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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    17.5 kilometers of multi-use trail extending from 2nd Avenue to Kincaid Park
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Ski-Joring Trails
  • Centennial Park
    4 kilometers
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  • Connor's Lake
    15 kilometers
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  • Far North Bicentennial Park
    South Ski-joring Trail
    8 kilometers
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  • North Multi-use Trail System
    12 kilometers
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  • Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Greenbelt Trail
    10 kilometers
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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
    17 kilometers
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Eagle River Cross-Country Ski Trails

Eagle River Maintenance Section

Please report damages, vandalism, etc. to Parks and Recreation Eagle River Maintenance Section at 343-1500.

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  • Edmunds Lake Trail
    7.5 kilometers of ungroomed cross-country ski trail
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  • Beach Lake Trail
    17 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trail (3.5 kilometers of lighted trail)
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  • Eagle River Multi-Use Trails
    Edmunds Lake Trail
    Non-maintained. Unpaved. 7.5 kilometers
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  • Beach Lake Trail
    Non-maintained. Unpaved. 17 kilometers
  • Lots of summer use such as hiking, biking, etc.
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Eagle River Dog Mushing Trails
  • Edmunds Lake Trail
    24 miles of groomed trails
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Winter Trail Maintenance

Trail Grooming and Track Setting

Anchorage cross-country ski trails are groomed weekly throughout the winter with parallel tracks set to one side for Nordic Skiing. The width of the trail allows for multiple uses by other enthusiasts, such as skate skiers, runners, walkers, ski-jorers, etc. Grooming and track setting is accomplished with snow machines and various types of trail groomers and track setters. Trail conditions are usually excellent, but can vary due to a variety of weather conditions in certain locations.

Trail condition reports are updated weekly and posted online at http://www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx . Information on trail conditions may also be obtained by calling Park Maintenance.

Anchorage Park Maintenance: 343-4554

Eagle River Park Maintenance: 343-1500

State of Alaska, Dept. of Natural Resources: 269-8400

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355