Turnagain Pass Snowmobiling Trailhead

Turnagain Pass Snowmobiling Trailhead 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!


Turnagain Pass offers mostly off-trail mountain riding.  However, this parking lot is also the northern access point to the Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT): Snowmobile trail.  Starting from the parking lot ride south thru Seattle flats and look for the first snowmobile bridge over Granite Creek.  As you continue south the trail becomes easier to follow and 3 more bridges lead you on a 7-mile trail that ties into the Johnson Pass (North) trailhead.

For the more advanced mountain riders, the big draw to Turnagain Pass is the ‘back bowls’ behind Seattle Ridge. Access leads north from the parking lot to a low saddle on the prominent Seattle ridge. The “up-track” is comprised of several short, steep and technical climbs to gain the ridge.

Note: This is avalanche terrain with a storied history.  Find out more at cnfaic.org.   Remember, what goes up must come down so be mindful of the terrain you are committing to. 

Once on the ridge, riding options open to tens of thousands of acres of accessible terrain to the north and south.  Snowmobile-accessed skiing/ snowboarding and speed-flying are quite popular sports in this area.