Government Peak Recreation Area - Nordic
Started in 2012, the Government Peak Recreation Area boasts some of the valley’s best nordic and skate skiing trails coupled with outstanding views of the valley and Chugach Range. The Pioneer Loop is open to dogs and ski-jouring, winter biking, as well as snow-shoeing. The rest of the groomed area is limited to nordic/skate skiing only in the winter. GPRA is a non-motorized recreation area.
Check out the Borough’s Website for maps and more info. (Website is currently down 6/17/16 and expected to be updated and running with all new maps and lingo July 1)
Palmer High School Trails
There’s a few cross-country trails around Palmer High School that get groomed when snow is present. These are non-motorized trails and follow along the frisbee-disc golf course.
Independence Mine Trails
Travel up to the end of Palmer-Fishhook Road and you’ll find the parking lot for Independence Mine. The area is a recreation hub for backcountry skiers, nordic aficionados, and sledders and tobogganers. The Mine Area has groomed, non-motorized trails that traverse and explore the valley area around the old Mine Ruins, Old Boomtown, and into the tundra hills. Views of Palmer and the Chugach Range are visible. There are outhouses at the parking area. Alaska State Parks passes or daily-fee required.
Park at the small parking area on the downhill side of the Palmer-Fishhook at mile 14(?), across from Archangel Road. This fun, multi-mile, out-and-back groomed trail is great for skiers and bikers all winter long. Dogs are welcome, please clean up after your pets!
Non-motorized until Reed Lakes Trail, then multi-use after that. Please report any illegal use of trails here.
Mountain Stream B&B
Non-motorized groomed skiing and (summer) hiking. No dogs allowed. This beautiful B&B is off Edgerton Parks Road (from the Palmer-Fishhook), make a right at Mountain Streams B&B sign, follow to large house. Check them out here on Facebook.
Moose Range Trail System
Miles of multi-use trails are frequented by snow-machiners, dog-sledders, and winter-bikers. When most of the Valley’s snow blows away or melts, this area hold enough in it’s rolling terrain to keep you entertained all winter.
Sheep Mountain Trail System
Off the Old Glenn Highway – mile 115 (past the lodge 1.5 miles).
Matanuska River Park Trails
Couple miles of non-motorized hiking/single track trails are fun in the winter after a good snow pack. The camping area loop road is groomed for skiing, snow-shoeing, and dog walking in the winter. Please pick up after you pets. Here’s a link to the borough page.
Lazy Mountain Nordic Trails
Lazy Moose Trail
Non-motorized hiking trail is packed and fast in the winter. There are skiing trails located off the parking lot at the top of Huntley, via Clark-Wolverine. Access to Morgan Horse trail from the nordic trails/parking lot is available. Moose frequent the area.
Jim Lake & Jim Creek Trails
Miles of multi-use trails are frequented by snow-machiners. Access the Knik Glacier for a winter-biking excursion via Jim Creek Public Use Area. There are outhouses available at Jim Creek.
Colony High School Trails
Non-motorized nordic trails located behind Colony High School.