Palmer-Sutton railroad bed - Trail, Palmer, Alaska

Palmer-Sutton railroad bed - Trail, Palmer, Alaska

DESCRIPTION

The trail has mild grades as it runs along side the Matanuska River on top of the old rail road bed to Sutton. There are some spots where gravel slides have covered the rail bed. There are single track trails over these slides, but plan on walking some unless you are more skilled. This is a very scenic route, good for all skill levels.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 15, 1999]
John in AK

Most of the trail is a nice rail road bed, which has low grads, wide enough for two riders and very fast. There are several gravel slides covering the bed and the trails over them can be steep and rocky. I have spilled and seen spills while trying to ride over them so you will probably have to walk some. They are not too long though so keep going.

At mile (about) 5.5 there is a small creek you will have to cross, but you can walk over some rocks to stay dry. At mile 6.5 there is a much larger creek/river which can be crossed via a log jam, but I do not recommend this unless you are hearty. Plus the riding gets poor after the river.

This trail is very scenic so you should plan on stopping and enjoying the views. There are even some old old rail road cars wrecked in the woods which add to the trails personality. I haven't done this trail in the rain, but since it has a lot of glacial silts I imagine it would be messy. When dry most of it is hard and easy pedeling.

I give it five stars because there are not a lot of scenic trials that most everyone can do.

Customer Service

There is only one route, out and back.

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5
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[Aug 20, 1999]
John in AK

OK, I did this trail after a week of heavy rain. The main trail was awsome. A wide rail road bed lined on either sides by huge trees, their canopies obscuring the sky above me. The Matanuska river, approaching the end of it's journey to the sea was high and angry as it rushed along the side of the trail, so close in spots I felt as though I was on a promenade.

BUT, the gravel slides had mud washes across many of them. Some ankle deep and too big to go around. I pushed through (walking) and took advantage of more fantastic trail on the opposite side. The rain did not soften the main trail (to my supprise), but there were a few puddles. I imagine that a normal rain would not produce the outpouring of glacial muck, but these past weeks have been bad, hence, the adventurous goo.

Oh well, wash the bike, wash the shoes, wash my clothes.... It is a good day to ride. :o)

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5
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[Jun 21, 2000]
brent

this is one of my old faves an instant classic and I love going there every little while I would highly reccamend it to all intermediate-expert riders!!!

Customer Service

all around the area

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5
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[Apr 23, 2001]
David

Muddy to start out in the spring. Four big slides where you have to walk you bike. Once past the slides the ride was great, flat and fast. Right on the Matanuska River. It would get five but for the slides. May be somewhat dangerous on the slide area.

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4
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[Jul 13, 2001]
Brad

The trail is mostly flat except for the many slides. I think I counted about 12 different slides that the bike had to be walked on. Be careful on one section of the trail (about 4 miles from the trailhead) that splits off and goes right next to a cut bank on the river. A friend of mine fell over the side and into the river because the trail was too narrow. Make sure you take the trail that heads into the woods.
Overall the trail is a good one with many old rail cars and nasty looking slides. The scenery is nice as well with the Matanuska River running near the trail for most of the way.

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3
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[Jun 18, 2002]
Eric

There's a lot of rock slides that are hard to get over but once you get past them it is a nice easy ride with a good view of the river.

Customer Service

Start from Nappa

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The is an old cat trail that goes up the north side of the butte. It is a short ride but it is freeking fast.

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3
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