Skookum Valley

Skookum Valley does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!

Overview

Parking to access Skookum Valley is the same as Placer River ().  Two small parking areas exist at MP 77 of the Seward Highway.  A third larger parking area at Ingram Creek (MP 75) is used as overflow on busy days. 

There are no designated “snowmobile trails” in the Skookum Valley.  Follow the Placer River Valley south 2-3 miles from the highway and the Skookum Valley is across the railroad tracks to the East.  Note: it is illegal to ride down the railroad tracks.  If you must cross the tracks do so at a 90-degree angle and clear well out of the right of way. 

Skookum Valley is known for deep snow and open tree riding.  A mature cottonwood Forest on the right side of the valley (as your travelling toward Skookum Glacier) allows copious amounts of snow to hit the Forest floor and provides shelter from prevailing winds.  This can be a fun place to ride on storm days when visibility is limited.  Riders can usually find untouched meadows days after a storm to hone those powder riding skills.  When snowpack, weather and safe avalanche conditions allow, more advanced riders can gain access to the Skookum Glacier following this sheet of ice into the heart of the Kenai and Chugach Mountains. 

The Skookum Valley closes to motorized use April 1 to allow for a close to the highway non-motorized experience for cross-country skiers and fat tire bikers.  The adjacent Placer River Valley remains open to snowmobiles thru April.