A great classic Alaska backcountry ride. This demanding single-track, part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, was built during Alaska's historic gold rush era. Beautiful views and a breathtaking waterfall are just some of the ride's highlights.
The trail tread is mostly fast and flowy, but there are plenty of shorter sections of rock and root gardens. Unlike Resurrection Pass, Devil's Pass, or Lost Lake, riding above the treeline is limited to a mile or two at the pass. Two lakes at the pass provide an opportunity to cool off and have lunch.
The north and south trailheads are 30 miles apart on the Seward Highway for shuttling cars.
Food and drink
The nearest township is Cooper Landing with a population of around 300 people. Cooper Landing has a small grocery store with basic supplies.
34.864 km / 21.664 mi
780 m / 2,559 ft
829 m / 2,721 ft
456 m / 1,496 ft
Riding this trail north to south is most popular; however, there are fun descents on both ends of the trail.
Riding North to South (traditional route) has a mostly steady climb. Up 50 feet, down 20, up 50, down 20. There are many steep semi-technical spots. The trail has a little bit of everything...loose shale, hero dirt, water crossings, technical rocks. Once past Johnson Lake, you get a great 5 mile downhill, a short climb, then 2.5 mile downhill, followed by rolling terrain to the south trailhead.
Be mindful going into blind corners, as there are some cliffy areas.
This trail is best to ride early Summer or very late Summer. Overgrowth makes it very difficult to ride during mid-summer, while snow and avalanche paths make it difficult in the Springtime. Downed trees across the trail and numerous shallow water crossings are often present in early or mid-June.