It was a great afternoon when I finally got to explore this trail. I heard that in the past (Summer of 2014) a trail crew worked on this trail by cleaning out the brush and I was eager to attend.
However, in June the main sign was missing and the "Jim Creek" overview sign was far from the trail at the end of the dirt road down Maud in Palmer, AK. My great friend, Christina, was eager to help me find this "new to me" trail. After trying a few trails that branch off from the turnaround spot, we were not positive we took the right trail. (the trail guide I had said it was no elevation and hard to find--not helpful)
We proceeded to the Jim Lake (even though the trail book said not to), and ran into a State Trooper. He informed us that the trail at two o'clock (if standing in the center and facing the nearest mountain is the correct trail.
We were happy to mark off the trail, but since the latest improvements we didn't need to. Also, we carefully hauled our extra shoes to cross the river. But, we didn't need those either because someone kindly installed an industrial strength bridge. *the trail ends as soon as you cross the bridge and makes a little loop. I don't know why they installed a bridge.
The best view is at the top of a hill and a short jog to the right. You must take it to be swept away by His Beauty.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Distance: 2.5 miles one way
Elevation gain: 3,000 feet
Special features: close to Palmer, views, picnic tables, varied terrain, woods, tundra, a little scramble at the top.
Location: 4 miles east of Palmer down Left on Clark-Wolverine Road for 0.7 miles. Take a right on Huntley Road at the T-junction. Go to the end of the road to Lazy Mountain Recreation Area. Bear right at the end of the road to end at the parking lot. *Shares trailhead for Lazy Moose and Morgan Horse Trail.
Difficulty: Strenuous for the first half and moderate at the top.
Trail use: Often used all year long but use Kathoolas or other Microspikes in the winter. Fun Hike year round.
Fees: Mat-Su Borough Trail parking pass $40 per year or $5 per car
Maps: USGS Anchorage C-6 (SE)
Kid Friendly: The mountain goat type, but the normal kid can find this a challenge.