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To get to Eklutna Lake Road, take the Glenn Highway out of Anchorage headed for Wasilla. This is a modern highway and will run past Eagle River, Birchwood, Peters Creek and Mirror Lake. Running along the front range of the Chugach Mountains, the scenery is beautiful enough. Take the Eklutna Exit and turning right. Follow the signs right again and proceed to the Eklutna Lake Road turnoff, turn left. Now just follow the Eklutna Lake Road as it heads east all the way to the end of the lake. It's about 22 miles total - one way.
This is where the real scenery begins! The route ends in the Chugach Range at the shore of Eklutna Lake.
Scoured by the ancient Eklutna Glacier, the Eklutna River Valley is staggering in its beauty. Surrounded by Pioneer Peak, Twin Peaks, and innumerable peaks of craggy grandeur, one may encounter bear, moose or mountain goats. For the first nine miles taking you to the lake, prepare for the most beautiful nine miles of motorcycling anywhere on the planet!
The road is extremely twisty and fun to ride. The surface is in good condition and by June the sand from winter is gone. No shoulder in some areas and narrow, it is extremely ride-able.
Gas up in Eagle River. No amenities until near the end of the road at Roachell's Ice Cream Stand, don't pass it up. There are nice (clean) outhouses at the Lake along with day facilities including tables. If you plan on picnicking be aware that there is a $5.00 parking fee for any period over 30 minutes and up to a day. In season kayaks are available for rent. It is bear country so be sure and secure food properly and dispose of trash in approved on-site containers.
As bike rides go, once on the Eklutna Lake Road, the first nine miles taking you tot he lake is nine miles of pure biking pleasure. Ride it slow for the view, or ride it with gusto for the ride, either way it is a winner.
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