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Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad trail

So, if you missed the group hike, this post will tell you all about our Moose Creek-Palmer Railroad trail.
Park at the Moose Creek Campground heading down the Glenn Hwy a few miles out of Palmer, Alaska.

**newly updated thanks Google but the trailhead has a point now on google maps.

They have an outhouse but the gates are locked until the summer.

The craziest thing is that there are two well worn 4 wheel trails to the Moose Creek.  However, DO NOT GO TO THE BRIDGE OR THE RIVER.

Carefully cross the Glenn Hwy and you will see blue electrical tape around the birch trees and further down the trail will have the brown trail marker.

Once you cross the Glen Highway looking back you can see the trail marker.

The trail is unique and follows where the old railroad used to go to Sutton.  It is clearly marked until you get to a place when you look up and see some train tracks dangling from the cliff.

At that point, our model Juli points the way down a little gravel slide and then you connect back…

New Campground on Parks Hwy

I was at the State Park office off of Finger Lake and I was happy to see this brochure for the new campground complete with 10 tent sites and 33 RV sites.  You can find K'esugi Ken Campground this on 135.4 George Parks Hwy.  They also boast three cabins for hire (Denali is for winter time only).  You can reserve it on Reserve America but be warned, the dates are slim for the cabins.  It is at the end our one of my favorite backpacking trails Kesugi Ridge Trail.  I will be going up here early in the season and will post about the trails that are nearby connected to the campground.  

Parking Passes: Now you know

In order to maintain and keep expanding our delicate footprint on the wonderful trails, we must be good citizens and pay the parking passes.

Which one is the best for you?  
We have all three beautiful parks:  National, State, and Borough passes.  I'm not aware of all areas, but in the Mat-Su Valley it is best to have both the State and the local Matanuska Borough parking pass.

State of Alaska day parking pass is $50.  You can pay for it online or at REI.  There is a few other offices (Finger Lake Office and Backcountry Bike and Ski)
Now, all passes run on the calendar year.  So, it is best to get them soon to ensure the best value for your money.
**By the way, you CANNOT purchase an annual pass at the day parking area.
As far as I can tell, Denali National park has fees, but the majority of the National parks are free-ish.

The Borough pass is also available at every parking area plus online.  You can go to the borough building in Palmer 350 E. Dahlia Ave., Palmer, AK 99645 t…