Peters Creek Valley

Peter's Creek Trail


The Peter's Creek Trailhead is the starting point for both Bear Mountain and Mt. Eklutna, but you can also stay low and follow the trail along the creek. The first few miles of the trail follows along an old roadbed that can be steep and muddy in sections. After that, the trail meanders for many miles up the valley, but mostly peters out after about 6 miles.

Important Information

This area is popular with hunters, especially in the fall. This also means that animal encounters are somewhat likely during that time. Plan accordingly and be safe. The parking area is on the wide corner of a switchback in a neighborhood. Please be mindful and courteous to the nearby neighbors.

Peter's Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5-14 miles
Elevation Gain: 500-1500ft
Type: Out-and-Back

The trailhead to this route provides access to Bear Mountain and Mt. Eklutna. It leads along an old roadbed that can be steep and muddy in sections. The trail also has a few stream crossings without bridges for the average adventurer. The skiing is excellent and the whole area is open to snowmachines when weather conditions allow.

You'll find berries growing on the slopes of both Mt. Eklutna and Bear Mountain above Peters Creek.

Features: Kid Friendly, Bicycling, Skiing, Running
Directions: To access the trail head, take Peters Creek exit from the Glenn Highway, then turn right on Ski Rd. Follow Ski Rd for one mile, take a right on Whaley, which become Chugach Park Rd. Take a left on Kullberg, following it through switchbacks, then turn right on Malcolm Dr. The trail begins about a quarter mile ahead.

Trail Map

Peters Creek Valley Trail Map PDF

Public Transportation

People Mover

People Mover is a division of the Municipality of Anchorage's Public Transportation Department (PTD) and is the largest public transit provider in the State of Alaska. Our buses hit the road on July 1, 1974 with 39,505 passengers hitching a ride during the first month. In 2008, People Mover set a ridership record of 4,220,667 trips that year. Today, each weekday, about 12,000 passengers enjoy a ride, boarding at one of our many bus stops in the greater Anchorage and Eagle River areas. The People Mover fleet includes modern, accessible, comfortable buses that travel 2.1 million miles annually - that's almost 85 trips around the world.


AnchorRIDES is a shared ride service providing accessible transportation throughout the Anchorage Bowl in compliance with various local, state, and federal guidelines: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Complementary paratransit service for people whose disabilities prevent them from using People Mover. Senior Citizen Transportation - Grant funded service for individuals age 60 and over for health care and pharmacy trip purposes and locations. HCB Medicaid Waiver - Transportation service for persons eligible for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver through the State of Alaska, Senior and Disabilities Services.


RideShare provides carpool group subsidies and oversight of COMMUTE with Enterprise, hired to manage and operate carpooling services for the Anchorage commute area. A carpool is a group of five or more riders who work and travel at agreed upon times, days and locations. Carpool members receive a variety of benefits in one low, monthly rate plus fuel costs.