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    Default Eklutna Lake Trail

    This topic may have been covered in the past, so I apologize in advance. Anyone ridden around Eklutna Lake area this summer? I've never been there and with the 3 younger kids I am limited to short rides here and there, and I'd like to see some new scenery. How long should one expect to be riding in that area? Is it a quick trip to the end of the lake and back or is it more involved? Are there other trails around there that I should check out?

    Any info is much appreciated.

    Where is every one? This MTB section is dead!

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    It's around 8-9 miles to the end of the lake, then the trail continues another 3 miles up the valley after that. The trail splits a mile or after the end of the lake. I've only done the right fork which runs towards the glacier. The trail eventually runs out and there is a trail along the river. The trail eventually runs out before you get to the glacier. Really no other bike trails around the lake that I know of.

    It's been a couple of summers since I made the ride. It's a nice wide flat gravel and dirt trail. The flat trail is easy on the legs but I definately wasn't used to spending hours at a time sitting on a bike seat when I went, sore groin for sure.

    It's a good trail for kids. Bring a lunch and relax next to the lake. You can turn back when ever your kids start to wear down.

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    I did this trip with my wife in May. We went all the way back 12-13 miles and back out in about 3 hours. We took our time and still enjoyed ourselves and spotted severals bears on the hillsides. The first 8-9 miles to the end of the lake the trail is great. After that the rocks get bigger on the road and a little bumpy, but not too bad. Just make a day or half day out of the trip and enjoy the views (if this smoke would ever clear). Good luck.

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    Smile Eklutna

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    We hiked the first couple miles this Spring with two tiny kids. It was beautiful. We were there on a Sunday and it was packed. Mostly bikers and mostly families with kids on bikes or trailers. We were warned about bugs, but it was so hot and with a nice breeze we never saw a bug. But from what I was told it sounds like a breeze is better so the kids dont get eaten by bugs. Trail was basically a nice gravel road with beaches all along the lake to rest on!!!
    I come home with an honestly earned feeling that something good has taken place. It makes no difference whether I got anything, it has to do with how the day was spent. Fred Bear

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    Thank you all for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ePatrick View Post
    This topic may have been covered in the past, so I apologize in advance. Anyone ridden around Eklutna Lake area this summer? I've never been there and with the 3 younger kids I am limited to short rides here and there, and I'd like to see some new scenery. How long should one expect to be riding in that area? Is it a quick trip to the end of the lake and back or is it more involved? Are there other trails around there that I should check out?

    Any info is much appreciated.

    Where is every one? This MTB section is dead!
    There is some good riding out there. Take it to the bridge about 8 miles out and then head up to the Bold peak over look on foot some killer views!




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    Great Pics. I haven't ridden up there in several years. Last time out, my wife got two flats back at Bold airstrip.

    I had a spare tube and replaced the punctured one. Oops, I forgot to check the inside of the tire. The little shard of metal that caused the first hole, quickly caused a second.

    That one had me in the dog house for a while. She wasn't thrilled with the 8 mile walk out. At least it was a nice fall day.

    I see my real problem was I didn't pack right. I forgot the proper refreshments.

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