Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Palmer-Moose Creek Trail - Open

The Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail is a year round, non-motorized trail following an old railroad bed along the Matanuska River between Palmer and Moose Creek. The trail is mostly level, the first half passing beneath towering bluffs on the north side of the river. The second half of the trail (from the Palmer side) is more stable, passing through large stands of cottonwood, birch and spruce. The trail provides, at times, brushy views of the Matanuska River and the Chugach Mountain range to the south.

Summer use includes hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Winter uses include mountain biking, cross-country skiing and skijoring.


5/28/24 These trails seem to be drying out, however if they seem soft at any point, please consider using more hardened trails. Thank you.

Trail maintenance ends at the first slide due to rock slides and erosion. Dogs must be on a leash. Due to erosion on the trail, be careful when walking, especially after rain when rocks tumble down embankments. The trail has been washed out due to landslides and has been repaired several times.
Last Update:  05/28/24


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Trail Length: 6 miles
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Status: Ungroomed