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 to the trail around the washed out bend.  You can enjoy the little creek that you will see on your left.

This trail is in the thick of trees so bug repellent is advised.  There is some beautiful sights.

Then you will get to a 90 degree turn and head around the old railroad bridge which is just the big log trusses (very obvious) then the trail goes on the old railroad trail and heads straight to Palmer following the river. 

 After some wanderings in the woods, you get to see some outstanding views of the Valley.

There are 4 different washed out gravel erosion crossing that need to be crossed with care.
They are crossable but you need to be careful. Great time to take photos or relax along the river.  The trail is 6.6 miles one way.

You will have three short gravel slides before the end closer to Palmer.  Then you are close when you see the train tracks.  
Then you can exit on Eagle Street in Palmer, Alaska.  Instead of a sign, you will need to look for this bright yellow concrete barrier.

Thankfully last year, they did add three parking spaces.  Because the rest of the street is a no parking "bike lane".
 (thanks Serenity for all the photos)

Note the following time is a run time for a nice workout.  We did walk the slides and had the few hurdles of trees. But, it was a blast.  My walking times are around 2 hr 15 minutes to 3 Hours.  Just depends on how much you time you take along the way.

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