Arctic Valley Road

Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage County)

Last Updated: 06/22/2020
4 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 2574 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Anchorage
Nearest Town w/ Services: Anchorage
Official Road Name: Arctic Valley Road
Management Agency:


Highlight: Arctic Valley Road
Arctic Valley provides a quick jaunt into the wilderness of Alaska tucked in between Anchorage and Eagle River adjacent to JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson). Near the bottom of the road is a great sledding hill that starts at Waypoint 3 and goes down to Waypoint 2, although a JBER Recreation Pass is required if you want to explore beyond the road, sledding included. Bears and wolves along with other wildlife frequent the area, so keep an eye open and see what may be looking back at you! Along the way, there are great views of the greater Anchorage area, Denali, and the northern lights (aurora borealis) on a clear night sky. At the top of Arctic Valley Road (pay to park) you can pick blueberries, hike up and see an old Nike Missile site, site "Summit" (fenced off) that is still used today as a communications site for various government agencies, or go explore the backcountry. During winter the Arctic Valley Ski Area is a great place to ski, it is run by volunteers and is only open on the weekends. In the winter, 4WD (4x4, 4 wheel drive) or good working AWD (all wheel drive) is a necessity as the road is infrequently maintained and is often snow covered and icy from overflow, especially near the top.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
For the purposes of this guide, the road starts here at the Moose Run Golf Course parking lot.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Anchorage

Take the Arctic Valley exit off of the Glenn Highway in between Anchorage and Eagle River and follow the only road up the valley.


Not allowed

Land Use Issues

Occasionally the military will shut the road down temporarily without notice for training purposes. Follow the posted closures and gates. They do perform live-fire exercises in this valley.

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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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