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Pinochle Trail Campground

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· Sutton Alpine, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
2 acres hosted by Jordan M.
8 RV/tent sites
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Flat, gravel spaces at Pinochle Trailhead in Glacier View, Alaska. Great hiking, biking, ATV or snow machine on historic trail. Tents, trucks, cars, campers, RVs, dogsleds .... whatever you can fit is welcome. 8 spaces with tables and fire rings. There is also an "Open Camping Area" in back that larger groups may like. Although a number may be assigned at booking, just pick the best available camp space that works for you on arrivial. You'll need to bring your own water and keep a clean camp. Pinochle Trail goes north into the backcountry for around 12 miles and joins other trails. Pinochle trail is a section of the ancient Knik - Nelchina Trail used by natives, trappers, miners and hunters for eons. It traverses the natural route from the Matanuska Valley up and over the mountain range into Copper River country. Hicks was one of the early guides who had a cabin at Hicks Creek and served with U.S. Army Lieutenant Joseph Castner to brushwack a trail northwest for Captain Glenn in 1898. Described in his journal as at "Tale of Hardship and Suffering" they ended up eating their mules and shoes before reaching their goal far to the north. Today we use these trails with relative ease compared to the old timers but the scenery and mud holes remind us of what they went through. Flat, gravel spaces at Pinochle Trailhead in Glacier View, Alaska. Great hiking, biking, ATV or snowmachine on historic trail. Tents, trucks, cars, campers, RVs, dogsleds .... whatever you can fit is welcome. 8 spaces with tables and fire rings. There is also an "Open Camping Area" in back that larger groups may like. Pinochle Trail goes north into the backcountry for around 12 miles and joins other trails. You'll need to bring your own water and keep a clean camp. Despite a site number you may get at booking, just pick the best available camp space on arriving.
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Sutton Alpine, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Ahtna Nenn’ and Dënéndeh First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jordan M.Joined in May 2020
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Kimberly B.recommends
October 23, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
Loved this campground! Sites are spacious and have million dollar views. We have a teardrop trailer and had tons of room. I also liked that I was able to tuck the trailer out of view of the road. Outhouses are clean and neat. Picnic table was in perfect shape (a rarity these days - so many campgrounds have tables in various states of repair). Site was super level, which was very much appreciated. Believe it or not, a tiny teardrop can be harder to level than a bigger travel trailer - but we were unhitched and level in about 15 minutes. Campground is about three miles from the Matanuska Glacier road and about a mile from the state recreation area. Straight shot up the Glenn Highway from my home in Anchorage. Will definitely stay here again. Thank you!!
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Amanda L.recommends
October 8, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
Great Cabin near Matanuska Glacier
We stayed two nights in Cabin 2 and we loved it. We were warm and cozy. Had everything we needed. The coffee machine is an added bonus. Beautiful fall foliage and gorgeous mountain views. We took the atvs out on Pinochle Trail and had a blast. It was very muddy but we managed. The views on the trail and at the top were incredible. Will be coming back soon.
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Dude S.recommends
September 24, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
Perfect for what we needed. Mountain views, clean outhouses, and a picnic table.
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Katie M.recommends
September 18, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
Great Campground
Great campground! Easy to get to and quiet. 10 min from Matanuska Glacier, 20 min from Sheep’s Lodge. Unfortunately no firewood when we went. We’d definitely stay here again!
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Nick A.recommends
September 14, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
I camped here in my Sprinter van. The vault toilets are well maintained, and the camp spots are level. I would definitely recommend this place if you are visiting the Matanuska glacier, hiking up Lion's Head, or just need a place to rest for the night.
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Lesa S.recommends
August 21, 2023
Pinochle Trail Campground
Fun Times at Pinocle Trailhead
We had so much fun riding our ATVS and Side by Side while staying right by the Pinocle Trailhead. Off the beaten path, but close highway. We had a blast! Thank you! We’ll see you again soon!
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