Old Highway Trail near Sheep Mountain – Sutton, Alaska

March 25, 2016

  
Let me start out by saying that the drive on Glenn Highway along the Matanuska River was more beautiful than the hike itself (picture above). I had planned to hike Lion’s Head Trail, however I learned from the locals that this trail is not maintained in the winter/early spring. So my next attempt was for the Squaw Creek Trail. This trail was slightly maintained, however is was impossible for ME to determine what was the trail, and what was snowmachine tracks. So I decided to play it safe and stay on the Old Highway Trail. 

  
I accessed the trail at mile marker 118, as there is parking along the road there. The trail was fairly easy to hike and didn’t have much of a change in elevation. 

  
 It also didn’t have much of a change in scenery. The snow was compacted and offered good traction. I hiked about 5.6 miles total on this trail. 

  
It did offer a view of the South Fork of the Matanuska Glacier (picture above and below). I anticipate attempting the Lion’s Head Trail and the Squaw Creek Trail later in the summer. 

  

For more information, I suggest stopping by the Sheep Mountain Lodge (mile 113.5) for local advise on trail conditions, as there is not much information online. The picture below was taken near the Squaw Creek Trailhead, which you have to hike to in order to access. 

  

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.

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