Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail


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Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail Facts

States: Alaska
Counties: Matanuska-Susitna
Length: 6.1 miles
Trail end points: Eagle Ave. and Valley Way (Palmer) and Glenn Hwy./SR 1 at Moose Creek (6 miles north of Palmer)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8860808

Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail Description

As its name suggests, the Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail links the small city of Palmer with Moose Creek via an unused railroad corridor in Alaska. Extending northward from the heart of Palmer—home of the Alaska State Fair—the rustic rail-trail follows the Matanuska River, offering scenic views throughout.

The northern half of the trail is wedged between tall bluffs and the river, with occasional minor landslides requiring quick repair from local volunteers. Farther south, a dense mix of birch, spruce and cottonwood trees offers ample opportunities for birdwatching and other wildlife encounters. The Chugach Mountains populate the skyline impressively to the south.

The trail dead-ends at Moose Creek, so trail users must return to Palmer the way they came or follow the creek a short distance up to Glenn Highway (State Route 1).

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail is available along Eagle Avenue in Palmer. Alternatively, park at the northern trailhead off Glenn Highway at Moose Creek, located approximately 6 miles north of Palmer. From the parking lot, cross the highway and follow the short trail along the creek to the start of the rail-trail.

Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail Reviews

not in great shape

Nice trail in parts, but lots of rock slides to cross over the course of 6.5 miles. Trail is also being re-routed in a few places due to the river bank eroding. Probably walked our mountain bikes about 1/3 of the distance. Beginning and ending sections are flat. Almost no traffic- only saw 2 hikers on the route.

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