This campground is definitely high on my list of fun places to visit, and my only regret is that we didn't discover it sooner as it is a family playland. Here are some features:
- Nice, roomy, fairly private sites
- Three hiking trails: two climb up the nearby mountains; one is an easy loop. There are also all the miscellaneous trails around the campsite.
- A kayak and bike rental shop
- A 10+ mile gravel road along Eklutna Lake that ends at a glacier. Fourwheelers are allowed on the road Monday through Wednesday, along with bikers, walkers, etc. Thursday through Saturday no fourwheelers are allowed so the bikers and walkers get it all to themselves
- An ice cream/coffee shop with take-out type food (burgers and such)
- Group camp area
- In the middle of construction: a cabin for folks to rent
- You can swim in the lake, or any non-motorized vehicle (it is the water source for Anchorage)
This place is about 25 minutes north of Anchorage; once you get off the freeway it is 10 miles down a winding road that makes 30 mph seem fast. There is no cell phone access (a good thing, I think!). So once you're out there, you're not going to be running into town since any town is quite a ways away. But it has all sorts of amenities out there to make it comfortable.
To me, this is the sort of campground you bring your family and your toys and enjoy for a week.
Here is my photojournal:
|The Twin Peaks Trail is a couple thousand foot climb, though it is not clear where the official trail end is
|Multiple trails appear in steeper spots as folks seek stable footing
|Twin Peaks Trail above treeline
|Eklutna Lake from top of Twin Peaks Trail. The road runs the entire length of the closer side of the lake, about 12 miles
|The Twin Peaks the trail is named after. The trail doesn't climb up to the peaks
|The ice cream and etc. shop
|The bike and kayak rental shop
|A sign along one of the trails that made me laugh