Kings River Trail

Sutton-Alpine, Alaska (Sutton County)

Last Updated: 07/04/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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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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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

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.


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)

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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.