Located along the George Parks Highway between Wasilla and Denali National Park and Preserve, it might be easy to miss the small town of Trapper Creek – but before you cruise by, consider making the adventure-laden side trip down Petersville Road for camping, fishing and fantastic views of Mount McKinley.
About Trapper Creek
The community dates back to 1906 when gold was discovered on Cache Creek and prospectors traveled up the Susitna River to Susitna Station, and overland past Trapper Creek to the new fields. In 1920, the Alaska Road Commission began work on turning an old trail into a wagon road from Talkeetna to Cache Creek, which later became Petersville Road.
Things to do
Petersville Road winds 39 miles from Trapper Creek into the Dutch Hills through a homestead area notable for its spectacular views of Mount McKinley and numerous cabins that double as lodges and bed and breakfasts. At Mile 18.7 the road reaches historic Forks Roadhouse, established in 1900 to serve the thousands of miners living in tent cities in the area. Nearby is Peters Creek, where the Mat-Su Borough has set up a rustic camping area for visitors who want to spend a few days fishing for salmon and trout or panning for gold. Dollar Creek Bridge is also located here and provides off-road vehicle users, mountain bikers and hikers access to a system of backcountry trails on the other side.
Back along the Parks Highway, Trapper Creek offers gas, groceries and a few restaurants for highway travelers headed north or south.