Eklutna Lake, AK – Trail Report August 2016

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Fatbassador Travis, from Anchorage, sent us this trail report about an overnighter he did recently!


The Eklutna Lake trail is just a 36 mile drive north of Anchorage. It is a very popular trail for hiking, biking and ATV’s. The lake is also a hot spot for kayaking. The original trail is basically a dirt road that runs above the lake for all users and there is a lakeside trail for hikers and bikers only. Taking the lakeside trail is the way to go, it rolls nice and you get more epic views.



The trail is predominantly flat and fast rolling, our destination was the Eklutna Alex campground at the back of the lake, approximately 9 miles in. At a leisurely pace we were at the back of the lake in an hour and a half. We had our Revelate bags in tow and all the gear we needed for a comfortable overnighter.


Eklutna River


View from the back of the lake.

The Eklutna Alex Campground has 6 tent sites, all have picnic tables and fire rings. I was surprised to find an outhouse, glampin at its best. We had the whole campground to ourselves. Being a Saturday, ATV’s were not allowed in the area, ATV use is restricted to Sundays through Wednesdays.


Fat Camp Alaska Style

The towering peaks, emerald green lake, and easy access make Eklutna Lake a great place for an overnight trip.


The Bar is Open!

The trail is a busy one, we crossed paths with several bikers and hikers on our way in and out. Coming out on Sunday with the ATV traffic was not a big deal, there is a speed limit of 15 mph. We passed a ton of ATV’s and all were considerate. I’d recommend this ride to anyone looking for a quick bike packing trip.

Thanks for the report, Travis!

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