Willow Area Community Organization

Willow Trails Committee

Mission Statement

To provide safe and enjoyable recreational trails for Willow residents and visitors.


  1. Identify historic and currently used trails.
  2. Obtain public use easements for recreational trails and trailheads.
  3. Maintain trails for safe and enjoyable use while protecting the natural resources.
  4. Provide information to the public on trail safety and etiquette.
  5. Provide a forum for trail related issues.

Photo by Donna QuantePhoto by Donna Quante

Trail Report

Willow Area Winter Trail Plan

The June 2006 edition addressing winter trails is available both as a downloadable PDF and as text indexed by section.

Willow Summer Trails Master Plan

Download Summer Trails Plan Final [June 2011]
(LARGE pdf: 13M)

Trail History

We hope to document early uses of our various trails, both for their historical value and to preserve precedence.

  • Emil Stancec Trail History
  • RS 2477 Trails and Casefile Search for Summaries of those around Willow:
  • RST 95, Houston-Willow Creek Trail (Willow Sled Trail)
  • RST 118, Knik-Susitna Trail (Iditarod)
  • RST 149, Nancy Lake-Susitna Trail (Iditarod from Willow)(view on Google Earth here)
  • RST 1620, Talkeetna River Trail
  • RST 1691, Herning Trail-Question Creek
  • RST 1721, Kashwitna River Trail

Trail Links

Alaska State Trails Program, State recreational trails, grants and trail resources can be found here.

West Gateway Trails Facebook page: Information related to the West Gateway Trails, including trail conditions, events and safety information

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development; information on trails, trail conditions, projects, maps, etc.

Willow Running Club; provides an opportunity for foot races and running events in the Lower Susitna Valley while promoting the Willow area trails and supporting healthy communities.

Willow Dog Mushers Association; protecting and preserving the sport of dog mushing through education, communication, recreational activities and competition.

Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation; developing and maintaining quality trails and parks within the Borough.

Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers is a recreational trail advocacy group based in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley region of Alaska, dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of sustainable trails for hikers and mountain bikers throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

Big Lake Trails, Inc’s web site has information about activities and projects, rides and events. Additionally, members can download trail data (GPS, Maps, GoogleEarth trip planning etc).

Mid-Valley Trail Club; (Susitna Landing) have maps (for download) of Trapper Lake area trails on their web site

Alaska Trails; trail advocacy group, working to build and preserve trails for all trail users.

American Trails; nations largest online trails resource

Willow Trails Committee
Phone:495- 6368 Email: trails@waco-ak.org
Meets: 3rd Wednesday/Month, WCC, 7PM