May 25, 2011


Eklutna is a native village in the midst of the Chugach Mountains, within the municipality of Anchorage. There are about 70 members of the tribal community; however, most of these individuals live in surrounding communities. Settled more than 800 years ago, Eklutna is the oldest inhabited area in the Anchorage area.

Eklutna Lake is a seven-mile lake that was formed from glacial and freshwater streams - filling a formed by the retreating Eklutna Glacier.  Interestingly, Eklutna Lake feeds a power plant and provides drinking water for the Anchorage area (thank you Eklutna Lake).

Matt and I ventured to Eklunta Lake on Sunday to mountain bike. With trails for biking, hiking and four-wheeling and campsites and public use cabins in various locations around the lake, recreation in the Eklutna Lake Valley is endless.

We stopped half-way for a snack and to enjoy the view.

Our lovely mountain bikes...

It started sprinkling so we turned around after about 8 miles.

At the end of the ride, we were filthy.

The day was well spent and it felt great to get on our mountain bikes. It was the first long ride of the season and I cannot wait for more rides soon.