Best SUV in Alaska

Trying to find the best SUV in Alaska? Bivy has great hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, skiing, riding and more, with hand-curated trail maps, as well as detailed driving directions.

1

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

00 :38 hrs
3.6 mi
591.463 ft
Unknown

This route offers panoramic views of the entire Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The trail surface is clay and mud that will be very slick in the rain and much easier when dry. Expect long and steep hill climbs. A vehicle with front and rear lockers along with larger tires is recommended. The area on Bald Mountain Ridge has special restrictions to protect several important migratory bird nesting areas. Off-road motorized use, including landing aircraft, is prohibited between May 1 and August 1

2

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

03 :59 hrs
20.1 mi
41.073 ft
Unknown

This is a popular off-road trail with good reason. It is not a difficult trail and travels to the sand dunes, and then back to the glacier. The trail surface is silty, almost always wet (when not frozen), and rutted. You will find sand, water, and glacial silt. The creeks and rivers can exceed 4 feet in places when not frozen so be cautious when crossing. A stock SUV with high clearance is suitable.

3

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

00 :53 hrs
4.7 mi
280.904 ft
Unknown

This route follows along the banks of the Kings River and up to Ruby Lake. There can be some muddy sections and hills that are challenging. Fishing is good and the views at the lake are beautiful. There are bypasses for most mud holes that are big. Stock SUVs with high clearance and 4WD are recommended.

4

Alaska, Kenai Peninsula County

00 :46 hrs
4.1 mi
169.978 ft
Unknown

Located in Nikolaevsk, this trail follows a mellow dirt road. It begins just off Knob Hill Road.

5

Alaska, Unorganized Borough County

01 :25 hrs
7.3 mi
258.96802 ft
Unknown

The Coal Mine Road is a rough road that travels past 8 small lakes. It doesn’t open until mid-summer. There is a good opportunity for fishing and camping. A spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.

6

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

00 :48 hrs
4.2 mi
341.851 ft
Unknown

This route follows a skinny trail that follows an old mining road. It is a fun trail but is lined by willow bushes that will cause pinstriping. Expect some rocky sections and some mud. A lift and 4wd are recommended. Beware of the open mine shafts in the valley.

7

Alaska, Kenai Peninsula County

00 :54 hrs
5.3 mi
1027.7781 ft
Unknown

Crown Point ATV trail follows a steep road that is narrow and overgrown for the first part of the trail. There are sharp rocks, and tight switchbacks that can be tricky to navigate. You will reach almost 4000’ with amazing views in all directions. Snow can cover the trail into June. Stock SUVs with high clearance and 4WD are recommended.

8

Alaska, Denali County

02 :44 hrs
14.1 mi
206.08502 ft
Unknown

The Stampede Trail was an old mining road that was built in the 1930’s. It is a rugged trail that has some historical buildings etc. You’ll have to cross the Teklanika River, which can be extremely dangerous. Do not attempt to cross until the water is low. A spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.

9

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

03 :58 hrs
20.5 mi
751.15497 ft
Unknown

This is a maintained dirt road that has some washboards, potholes, and can be dusty. It drives on a shelf road with switchbacks. Snow can be present until July so be cautious. The scenery is beautiful.

10

Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna County

00 :20 hrs
1.7 mi
9.993001 ft
Unknown

This popular trail explores the sand dunes and offers views of the Knik glacier at the base of Pioneer Peak. The trail is easy to the Sand Dunes and has a few steep climbs but is suitable for even passenger cars.

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