Knik Glacier Trail

5/5 (9 reviews)
Butte, Alaska (Matanuska-Susitna County)
Last Updated: 01/18/2020
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Knik trails offer picturesque Alaskan scenery! You have sand dunes, a beautiful glacial river, the chance to touch the Knik glacier, and this is all at the base of a beautiful set of mountain ranges on these 4x4 trails! These trails are probably the most popular offroad destinations in south-central Alaska. They are often filmed by out of state crews when they offroad in Alaska; parts of Expedition Overland (Season 1, Episode 5), Dirt Every Day (Episode 57), and Nitto's 2016 JK-Experience all have been filmed along these 4x4 trails. Viewing the Knik Glacier, gazing into a display of the northern lights in the darker months, and salmon fishing are all highly recommended activities of the area.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (9 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 02/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a great winter trail.
Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/18/2020

Due to the cold weather the trip was an easy drive the whole way and an amazing experience for the whole family. My new to me Land Cruiser did great.
Trail Review: Knik Glacier Trail - Kyle Todd
Trail Review: Knik Glacier Trail - Kyle Todd
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Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2018

Conditions were deteriorating quickly under the mid-afternoon sun. A side by side had broken thru the ice and some of the trucks in our group got stuck a few times. Pretty slushy by even midday when we left for home.
Trail Review: Knik Glacier Trail - Kyle Todd
Trail Review: Knik Glacier Trail - Kyle Todd
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/08/2018

The start of the trail is at Jim Creek Recreation Area, best to know the actual name of the place when paying at the iron ranger to park in the lot. conditions were good, lots of mud puddles. Camped out and kept having Jettas and Kias going back and fourth passed our camp till about 3 am, guess we didn't get far enough out as that is commonplace at Knik.
Status: Open
Visited: 04/01/2018

Drove out from the parking lot to the Dunes today. Beautiful warm and sunny day. The trail to the dunes from the parking area is in decent shape, mostly hard pack snow and ice with a few 12" deep ruts full of water. The trail to the Matanuska Glacier is rapidly deteriorating but is mostly drivable for at least the first mile or more. Mostly ATV's out today but a couple of lifted trucks and a track vehicle were spotted coming back from the glacier.
Trail Review: Knik Glacier Trail - Brandon Stevenson

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