Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center Closed for Season
(Anchorage, AK) - Spawning salmon have returned to waters in the vicinity of the Eagle River Nature Center and so have the bears that feed on them, prompting the closure of the Albert Loop Trail and its vicinity at noon on Friday, August 9. The trail and surrounding area is used by black and brown bears and their cubs at this time of year, using the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and using the adjacent brush and trees for cover. This recurring trail closure has occurred annually since 1997.
The trail closure does not affect the Iditarod/Crow Pass trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail. The Albert Loop Trail and vicinity will remain closed until further notice, most likely at freeze-up when the majority of bears go into hibernation. The trail re-opening will be announced.
Anyone recreating on an Alaska trail is encouraged to take appropriate precautions: be prepared to encounter a bear, and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter.