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Best trails in Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, managed by Long Rifle Lodge, is located one mile south of the Lodge at Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. The recreation site has 12 campsites on a gravel loop road, water pump, toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. The Edge Nature Trail begins at the rest area and provides a 20-minute walk through the forest to glacier viewing platforms. Summer activities include hiking, glacier trekking and river rafting. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snow machining. Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site is adjacent to the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway at milepost 101. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Matanuska Glacier which creates the headwaters of the Matanuska River. The 300 acre recreation site provides glacier viewing beginning at the parking lot and extends along the interpretive nature trail. Although no access is provided to the glacier from the recreation site it provides some of the safest and best public viewing opportunities within the area. The site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions.

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Map of trails in Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
229 acres
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Matanuska River Loop
Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 33 m
Matanuska River Loop is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sutton, Alaska that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and Show more
#2 - Matanuska Glacier Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Please note: This trail is paid access only. It is on private land and the owner changes $30 per person to pass through the gate.Show more