A skinny singletrack adventure culminating at Eska Falls.”
— Scott Holman
Open June 15th-September 30th.
This trail features very tight singletrack (skinnier than most wide bars) with technical rock/root sections and close, sharp exposed corners. It's mostly berm-less, but has some flowy sections. 4.3 miles one way.
Need to Know
**Must have smaller 4wd truck with some ground clearance to make it to the trailhead!**
From Anchorage/Matsu, go north to Sutton on the Glen and turn left onto Jonesville Rd. Jonesville Rd turns from pavement, to dirt/gravel, to unmaintained road. After the road turns very rough, take a left at the slight fork in the road, heading uphill to more very rough road/4wd track. Follow this "road" up and stay left on it at every split off. You'll reach a circular turn around point for 4 wheelers. Park off of the trail anywhere that you can. There is a small sign for the Eska Falls hiking/biking route. Follow this small trail a few yards and down the set of stairs and your on the trail!
Wear bright colors and make noise, as there are many hunters in the area and they like to shoot their guns regularly.
I've made it up this trail with a Jeep and 2008 Toyota Tundra. Anything larger than the 08 Tundra is too big.
Once on the narrow singletrack trail, follow it as it climbs fairly gently all the way to the top of the hiking route, remembering several sharp corners with exposure for the way back down(left hand turns when descending). When dry, the dirt can be quite grippy and you can gain speed between the various rock gardens, close trees, and exposed left hand turns.
After a rain, you should let this trail dry for a day or two before riding, as many sections are very slick when wet. Once at the top, you can see the falls across the Alpine. Head right on the doubletrack 4-wheeler trail and then straight towards the falls, all the way to the end at the base of the falls. Otherwise, you can just go up and explore the whole network of 4wd trails. Steep ups and downs will ensue. . This portion of the trail is very rocky, with mud holes to navigate around.
This is a fun trail with some pretty challenging climbing/descending sections that can really get your heart racing at times. The falls are a great place to stop and eat lunch.
History & Background
This trail was built semi-hidden and so skinny with such tight turns to keep dirt bikes and other destructive types of recreation off of it.