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Trapper-Creek is a small town in the south-central part of Alaska in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The population is approximately 400 permanent residents. The town of Trapper Creek is known as the southern gateway to Denali State Park. It's at mile 114.5 on Park's Highway, just south of the park, at the intersection of Petersville Road. This area was occupied by the Dena'ina Indians for centuries before the onslaught of miners arrived upon the discovery of gold in 1906. Homesteaders moved into the area in the 1950s, making Trapper Creek a permanent settlement. Today, the town offers lodging, dining, grocery stores and a gas station, as well as a small museum. Recreation in the area includes hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, skiing and snowmachining. From Trapper Creek, you can dive into the Dutch Hills, which has wonderful views of nearby Mt. McKinley. The town is also home to a historic roadhouse that still offers lodging and dining. Other places to see include the abandoned mining camp of Petersville and the Petersville State Recreational Mining Area, where visitors can pan for gold.

Surrounding areas: Talkeetna, Alaska (4.6 mi), Willow, Alaska (38.6 mi)

Trapper Creek Vacation Rentals

Trapper Creek Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Trapper Creek Inn Inc1145 Park HwyTrapper Creek, AK (907) 733-2302

Trapper Creek Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a subarctic climate with long winters and brief springs, summers and winters. This part of Alaska gets less rain, but more snow, than the southeast region. Summers are short and mild, and winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong southeast winds, known as the Knik wind, in this area, especially in the winter. Rains are frequent in late summer, but don't produce abundant totals. The number of frost-free summer days number 100. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short. It is also generally very cloudy during winter. Due to the proximity to active volcanoes, ash hazards may occur and are significant, but not frequent. Ice fog is another possbility in the wintertime.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 19°F 2°F 1.45 in. -
February 25°F 5°F 1.28 in. -
March 34°F 11°F 1.26 in. -
April 44°F 23°F 1.22 in. -
May 56°F 34°F 1.64 in. -
June 65°F 45°F 2.41 in. -
July 67°F 49°F 3.24 in. -
August 64°F 46°F 4.53 in. -
September 55°F 37°F 4.35 in. -
October 39°F 23°F 3.06 in. -
November 25°F 9°F 1.78 in. -
December 21°F 4°F 1.96 in. -

Trapper Creek Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located about 62 miles southeast of Trapper Creek in Palmer, Alaska.

Trapper Creek Attractions

Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK76.7 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK76.7 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK101.2 mi.
State Parks
Denali State ParkAK31.9 mi. 

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