Snowmobiling season in Southcentral Alaska typically lasts from November through early May, with a variety of accessible trails that surround Anchorage. Although some trails in the city are open for exploration, most snowmobiling is done on the outskirts of town. Frozen lakes and wooded trails offer plenty of thrills and spectacular treks. Guided snowmobile tours are a fantastic way to escape into Alaska’s chilly wild and can accommodate every rider’s skill level.
Places to go Snowmobiling Near Anchorage
Chugach State Park offers trails with fantastic views of upper Cook Inlet and the Eagle River valley. Currently, there are five areas in the park that are open to snowmobilers, all of which are great choices for day treks:
- Eklutna Lake Valley
- Ptarmigan Valley & Peters Creek Valley
- Eagle River
- South Fork of Campbell Creek
- Bird Creek Trail
Steep canyon walls and gullies in most of these areas are prone to avalanches. Trails on creeks and rivers are prone to thin ice, open water and overflow. Take caution when riding and be aware of weather conditions.
The Mat-Su Borough is known for its extensive network of multiuse trails and is a snowmobiling paradise. Located an hour's drive north of Anchorage, the following sites are great options for day trips or weekend treks.
- Hatcher Pass: Extensive trail network including a 40-mile ride over the pass to Willow.
- Nancy Lake State Recreation Area/Willow: 40 miles of maintained multiuse trails available and a great destination for overnight or weekend treks. Public use cabins available.
- Big Lake: 120-mile network of groomed trails. Treks from Big Lake to Houston and Skwentna are popular.
Anchorage Snowmobile Associations are dedicated to the fun and safety of this great winter activity. They meet regularly, and sponsor fun rides for every ability level.