From the trail head you'll ascend for two miles on an old gravel road, closed to vehicles. It is steep in spots and is a continual climb. At mile two you'll see a gate (the second one you'll pass) and the trail takes off into the woods from there, go for it. At about mile three there is a stream crossing, if you look up stream a little, there are some logs you can cross so that you don't have to get wet. I've ridden across the stream, and used the logs, depends on how warm it is outside and how wet you want to get. The trail goes for another 2.3 miles winding through the forest in a beautiful single track. At the end of the trail, mountain bikes are no longer allowed, but you can go for miles further on foot. The trail is little known to the public so you can count on some great solitude.
Going North on the Glenn Highway, get off at the North Peters creek exit, take a right. Take an immediate right onto the old Glenn Highway. Take a left onto Chapel Drive, then a quick right (still Chapel Drive). Chapel drive goes right by a big red church, and eventually turns into Greatland dr. Turn left onto Poniard rd. and then right onto Chugach Park rd. Go up that road a ways (climbing the mountain) then turn left onto Kullberg road and quickly right onto Sullins road, which is a steep, steep switch back road. Turn right onto Malcom road which leads straight to the trail head. You'll be able to see the trail head once you turn onto Malcom. The trail head does not have much in the way of parking so you'll have to park on the side of the road. There is a Chugach National Forest trail sign which marks the trail head and gives you the do's and don'ts.
Summary: I tried this trail based on the previous review and was a little disapointed. Not a bad trail, but not the ripping singletrack I wanted. Before I get into that I'd like to offer some corrections. 1) Exit the hi-way on the Peter's Creek exit not the North Peter's Creek exit. The rest of the directions are spot on. 2) The second gate comes a little before the 2 mile marker, and you turn just before it not after it. 3) I wouldn't consider this trail singletrack, it is an overgrown road and more similar to a double track.
As the other review said it is mostly up hill to the second gate, then undulating after that. Although it felt like we were descending ourselves into a huge climb back to the trailhead we were wrong. There was a lot of good descending all the way back to the trailhead; interupted by a couple of climbs. This is not a technical trail, but could be a fun up and down ride. Though beware it is all in overgrown woods and we saw MANY bear signs. So ride with a partner and be bear prepared.
Overall it was worth a try but I prefer something more technical. Although the creek crossing was fun.
Recommended Route: As per previous review.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Ressurection, Kinkaid, Hillside, Powerline
Review Date June 12, 2000
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a year
Reviewed by: Jerry
, from Anchorage, AK
Summary: I try to ride this trail once a year with the youngsters I work with, the climb proves that sometimes experience wins over youthful exuberance. The climb is a bear, but not the worst in Alaska, and all the rides in AK start with a climb of one sort or another it seems. It gets to be pretty rolling once you get into the woods, and the stream crossing is either a great skills builder, or a good way to get wet. Wear your bug-dope on this trail, the mosquitos seem to be especially fierce on this trail. Coming back down the hill is a definate brake-check. You can definately bomb it, I have, but the conditions get kind of sketchy at times and I've seen people pack it up on the descent. Ride within your limits.
Recommended Route: John provided great directions.
Other recommended trails in the same area: I haven't ridden anything else in the Eagle River area, but if you're in the Anchorage area for any length of time, you have to ride Gull Rock, Johnson Pass, Lost Lake, Cresent Lake, and Ressurection Pass.