Power Line Pass - Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

Power Line Pass - Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

DESCRIPTION

The trail is a combination of poorly maintained gravel road and single track that follows a gas pipeline. It is very rocky, prone to high winds and sudden weather changes. The trail starts off as a gradual mile long downhill and then flattens out for a while. The middle section is composed of rolling hills and two small creeks. The last 1 1/2 miles is a gruelling rock strewn uphill that progressivly gets steeper. It ends at the top of the pass with a awesome view of the valley and Powerline Pass. People can choose to continue down the other side towards the Seward Highway but you will need to have a ride arranged to pick you up. It is approximately 6 miles to the top of the pass.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2010]
Gitzoak
Weekend Warrior

All I can say is if you do the downhill portion after making it to the pass, either have disk brakes or have the last rites read to you. It is hairy unless you have a great set of brakes. I saw a guy lose it on the downhill a few years ago and it was not pretty. Your descending 4000 feet on the quick.

Customer Service

If the wind isn't to bad Power Line is a fun quick escape out of the Anchorage hum... Snow lasts a while in the spring so a fat bike might be preferable if you have one available.

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Too bad they closed the trail up to Ship Pass as it would have been fun on a fat bike.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 07, 2007]
harpdaddy
Weekend Warrior

the real thrill is going down the other side. very advanced and had to walk a few areas due to rock slides. scenery and intensity is much better beyond pass. took 4 hours from glen alps to indian and whiskey waiting for me at the brown bear saloon.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 20, 2004]
alaskaniceman
Cross Country Rider

This should get divided into two trails. Going up Powerline AND going down Powerline to the town of Indian. Very scenic ride here folks. Relatively easy going up the valley until you need to go up the pass. Going down is something else. Should only be done by advance/expert riders. The down side to Indian can kill you. VERY VERY VERY STEEP. Must have working great brakes. When weather is right this is an incredible ride. Another one of those must rides.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 13, 2003]
Mark Elfstrom
Cross Country Rider

A cold windy day, tons of elevation gain, snow, broken chain, still an awesome ride. The snow covered peaks surrounding the valley made the ride even more dramatic. Bring enough clothes to survive a blizzard, but have somewhere to store them when you are crushing the climbs.

Customer Service

To truly enjoy the 3500 ft of elevation you must start in the Anchorage Bowl, somewhere. We left from Muldoon, rode through Campbell tract to Hilltop, up hilltop, to Prospect heights, up Gasline, to Glen Alps Parking lot, up to the pass and down into Indian. We had howling winds and 30 degree temperatures, and it was still awesome.

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The miles of trails all over the place. Just go, and you'll find new ones. I leave from my house in the south side of Muldoon, and always find new trails from there to Glen Alps. Bring the bear spray and lot's of powerbars/water for the climbs.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 22, 2003]
adam
Cross Country Rider

This is a good trail in Anchorage to experience the massive amounts of vertical available to us in this fine state. Its AK man, variable weather, prone to crazy winds and loose surface conditions mean be prepared. I have a beefed up RM Slayer and I feel sorry for the poor bastrds doing it on hardtails w/o disks. I wear full pads going down to Indian cause its easy to flay your skin in all the gravel. A hoodie is a good idea cause its cold. A shuttle is a good idea too; where you leave it depends on how big you want to go. Pray for a tail wind along the highway back home and park at Potter Marsh. Also try starting at Prospect Heights.

Customer Service

same. up and over baby.

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none this big this close, but there are many good ones ya know.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 07, 1998]
Rob Hartsock

The problem is that the open window for riding is very limited. Late July to mid August, and then you still might hit a snow field. ANY time you ride, the weather can rear up and kick you arse. Always bring arm and leg warmers, a light jacket too. You will walk up that last hill, and that is only because the weather can kill you. Last year, I saw a friend fall down that hill because it was covered with snow. He broke his collarbone, and came really close to dying. It was horrific. He gamely rode on, and that was manly. The end of this ride is on the road, by the way.

Customer Service

As mentioned above.

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The trail is a gem when the gods of weather oblige you. Because of that, you need to give it a 3 tire ranking. If it was more friendly, I would give it a four maybe. It would be a five if it did not have to end with a 10 mile road ride in packed traffic. OUCH.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 30, 1999]
Steve Garrison

Scenery up this Pass is spectacular. This trail starts right near timberline and permits cyclists to quickly get out of the trees and into the open alpine areas. Of course, the views are incredible-of alpine tundra, craggy peaks, permanent snowfields and clear rushing brooks. We've counted more than 30 dall sheep on one trip and you are likely to see moose, and perhaps bear.

In my opinion this trail deserves a high rating because of the scenery and natural appeal.

Customer Service

Standard route is ok.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 23, 2000]
Lee

You start out and the trail is very easy with a slow uphill as you are inbetween the creek and as you approach the pass make sure you follow the trail and do not go up the cat track.(previous experience from me and my freind) When you get to the top of the pass it is very windy and you need to bring appropriate gear. Drop back the backside into Indian and have a ride to pick you up. Feel free to contact me on information about this trail and some others i might know about.

Customer Service

Start at the Flattop entrance of the Powerline pass trail and go up to the pass and drop down the back sides (for advanced users or adventurous)

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Flattop Flyer( go left instead of right at the flattop trail head), Spencer loop at bicentenial park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 18, 2000]
j.ron

Frontside is a nice easy ride until the tarn. Then
up to the pass is a push for most of us.
Backside is as extreme as it gets. Lower your seat,
put your stomach on it, click in on one side, tripod with your other foot and pray. No V-Brake or hydraulics? Don't bother. Death cookies abound in the
V ruts. Snow isn't off the top until July some years.
I love this ride. It scares me. Be sure to stop in
the Turnagain House for a Gin and tonic afterward.
It's right there. Do dust off first. 3 hours is my
record parking lot to gin.

Customer Service

As indicated

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 14, 2000]
Gary Wheeler

Just ride past the lakes and turn around, a great ride downhill just watch out for hikers and other bikers. The late summer is great when the fireweed is in bloom.
On lazy days I like to pack a lunch and just lay by the tarns and soak up the sun.

Customer Service

I like to just go to the pass and back. No need to arrange a pick up at Indian.

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Eklutna is nice but an avalanche has closed the trail at the 8 mile mark. This is a great family ride

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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