Petersville Trails

September 20 and 21,  2013
Copyright  2013        ©   Dianne Roberson.   All rights reserved.
Mark and Shelia Olson with akgrizz on the trail
Shelia Olson riding
George and Johnny Brown with Denali in the sky.
Mark and Shelia Olson
After trip report:

We had 14 riders on this ride.  George (Gab) & Johnny on Friday road with me, then 12 riders on Saturday.  Including 3 UTVs and 7  ATVs.  Thanks to Joal for leading this ride.  I was able to take a lot
of video of the riders in front of me.  

We had a wonderful weekend riding in Petersville. The sun was shining and there was no wind. Denali was magnificent in all her white glory against the bright blue sky and above the autumn trees. I
road my Yamaha until my thumb hurt.  Rode a little more in the clouds Sunday and hiked to get some higher views for some foggy artisy photos.  It was cold at night, like 28 degrees F.  The camp fire
was roaring hot and the food taste so much better cooked outside. Thanks to wildcatgirl and her friend Tina for providing the campfire and dinner, and Tony for cooking.  Guess it is time to put the van
up until next summer. It was snowing when I drove through Wasilla today and snow on the ground here on Knik River Road.
Margaret and Joal, Mark and Mary, Dianne, Kathy and Rich Pam and Tony
A much deserved roaring fire and hot dinner.
Petersville, Alaska

Take the Parks Highway out of Wasilla and go past the Talkeetna turn off to Trapper's Creek.  Turn left onto Petersville Road.   The pavement ends and it becomes a gravel road.  Turn
right into the Kroto Creek parking area at mile 13 of the Petersville Road.  We park at this large area with restrooms and fire pits on the north side of the road just before Kroto Bridge.  The
trail is to the right out of the parking area and up the road to where the old lodge burned down.  Turn right there and follow the road as it turns into a trail.  At about mile 26, the road
passes through the long-abandoned mining camp of Petersville.  

Mile 28-30: The spectacular Peters Creek Canyon. A one-lane road hugs one side of a deep gorge with waterfalls all around. Views of the Alaska Range complete the picture.  Now
entering the Petersville State Recreational Mining Area, an area set aside by the State of Alaska for the citizens to pan and mine for gold. If you don't know how, it's easy to learn and fun to
do.  Just past the bridge you come to another fork: The left fork takes you to the Cache Creek area and the right fork takes you to the Blue Ribbon Mine and Denali State Park. Take the
right fork and travel a little ways beyond the bridge to the Peters Creek ford, where bears and salmon are often spotted. Crossing the creek may appear daunting. However, the creek is
generally quite shallow.  Stay away from areas where strong currents have cut deep channels into the gravel bed. Instead, cross only where the water is rough and shallow, two to three
feet. Don't hesitate or stop in mid-stream, just keep your momentum and move forward. After crossing the creek, the left fork goes to Peters Creek and the right takes you to Blue Ribbon
Mine.   Gold was discovered in this area in 1898, and the first known mining activities began in 1906. An estimated 200,000 ounces of gold have been produced since, mostly by
small-scale and hand mining.

A very nice trail takes off from here, and by following it for a mile or so, you can overlook the Tokositna Valley and Glacier, the Tokosha Mountains, and of course, Denali, the "Great One."
In the 1920s, the world-renowned Alaskan artist Sydney Laurence painted from this vantage point. Captain James Cook walked and camped here while searching for a trail into the Interior
of Alaska.  
OUTLAW   (Dianne, Daisy and Duke)
Denali