Kings River Trail

Sutton-Alpine, Alaska (Sutton County)

Last Updated: 07/04/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 1476 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Sutton-Alpine
Nearest Town w/ Services: Palmer
Official Road Name: King River Trail
Management Agency: Alaska Department of Fish and Game
District:
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Highlights

Highlight: Kings River Trail
Meandering along the banks of the Kings River and then traversing up the hills to pristine Ruby Lake, this off-road trail is certainly recommended for the adventurous soul. While not proving too difficult during the drier summer months, the muddy sections and hills can prove to be a challenge to less capable rigs in inclement weather. Fishing is supposed to be good at Ruby Lake (license required) and it is stocked. The views of Ruby Lake and the surroundings are spectacular and well worth the gas burned on enjoying this corner of Alaska's wilderness.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY - MODERATE)

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is just off the Glenn Highway and offers two large parking areas. If you find these full, there is parking on the other side of both the highway and the Kings River bridge.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 61.733860, -148.749430

Starting Point: Palmer

From Palmer, head north on the Glenn Highway. This fun track is located just before the Kings River bridge at mile marker 66. You will have to drive through Sutton to get to Kings River Trail. The trailhead is immediately after a sweeping 90 degree bend in the highway, so pay close attention as you get closer as it is fairly easy to miss.

Camping

Not allowed

Land Use Issues

Stay on the main trail to not travel off the public easement that provides access to the lake.

Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The trail was dry and crowded from people exploring the area on the holiday.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
Rating:
As you may have surmised, the Kings River Trail in early February was covered in snow... The day still was a fun little off road adventure.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The trail was still pretty wet in spots but overall in pretty good shape considering the time of year and relatively cold spring we have been having. There was a ton of ATV & side-by-side traffic, I saw over 30 of them on the trail while we were enjoying it ourselves.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail was getting very muddy by the end of the day and the remaining snow was turning into all sorts of mush. For about a month or so it is best to let it melt before going out, otherwise bad ruts will develop and damage the trail.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
8” of snow with frozen ground underneath made for an extremely challenging day. We were first on the trail after a few days of fresh snow. Even with lockers, breaking trail was impossible. Chains were an absolute must!

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail had a snow crust about an inch thick with about 5” of snow underneath which was almost enough to stay on top of, but would get a little challenging off trail. Pretty easy going if you keep speed up. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. Used the rear locker a few times, but a vehicle with no locker and good tires would make it to the lake. While we were there, two guys on a snow machine showed up to go ice fishing. They let us know the ice was thick and the fishing were biting!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The bottom part of the trail was in good shape except for the creek crossing that had ice walls built up on either side. The trail was pretty slick with snow on top of ice, I turned around after it started to gain elevation since I was in my CRV and it wouldn't make it up any further.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail was in good shape, besides the mud holes which were not froze enough to drive over. Most of the trail was dry (all the hills were also dry) to the lake besides the flat spots in the holes.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Excellent conditions, There was some mud and boulders to bump over at checkpoint 7 but nothing too hard. Probably mile 4.5, 4.6 deserves note as you crest the hill right at the lake there is rocks that are out of view as your looking into the sky with your windshield and its best to have a spotter there till you know the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was in good condition but there was a rollover in the group.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How did the roll over happen and what would you suggest to visitors to the trail to avoid such an experience?
–William Haeberlin (07/03/2018)
–Kyle Todd (07/03/2018)

Writer Information

Kyle Todd

Mapping Crew - Alaska

Kyle has been into off-roading since getting his license at 16 and wheeling the family SUV (possibly without informing his parents of these wheeling trips in their vehicles). He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Electrical Engineering degree. He lives in south-central Alaska and is raising his two young kids. Kyle stays busy year-round by working full-time as an Electrical Engineer who spends his weekends wheeling, hunting, fishing the local lakes, and raising his family. He is eager to share his love of the outdoors with others, especially when it involves a 4WD. His goal is to create an amazing resource for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the endless beauty Alaska has to offer while respecting the trails and keeping them open for years and generations to come.
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