Ressurection Pass Trail - Trail, Hope, Alaska

Ressurection Pass Trail - Trail, Hope, Alaska

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[Jul 05, 2016]
thub
Cross Country Rider

I rode the Ressucrection trail from Cooper Landing to Hope on 7/2/16 to 7/3/16. I have just scored a Revelate Sweet Roll bag and Viscancia seat bag. I wanted to test my bags so I planned to overnight from the start. I rode my fat bike with fully loaded bags so the bike was over 50 pounds. From Cooper Landing to Juneau Lake the trail was great and I was able to ride everything. After Juneau lake the trail gets primitive, overgrown, and this where you gain most of the elevation to the top of the pass. Right after Juneau lake the bugs got thick, horribly thick. I had to push my bike most of the way until I broke treeline and got tore the hell up by the bugs, yes I had deet on and it didn't make much difference. Once you get to Devils Pass the trail gets great again. The trail was pretty flat through the pass then you start the sweet downhill to Hope. Amazing riding, such a blast. I camped at East Creek (25 miles in) which left me with 14 miles of predominant downhill the next day. I woke up a 3am and hit the trail by 4am. I was concerned with bears as I doubted there would be any traffic. I did not see anyone on the trail this early. When I got to Ressurection Creek I started seeing a lot of bear sign, as in tracks over yesterdays hike / bike tracks. Came across on steaming fresh pile of bear crap. I made it to Hope at 7am. As I was driving out of the trail head a black bear crossed the road in front of me. This is some of the beautiful country I've seen and I've lived in AK most of my life and have traveled the state extensively. For someone like me that's in moderate shape it was a big workout. I was riding a fully loaded fat bike too. I could see doing it in 8 hours on my carbon fiber squish bike. I'm glad I bike packed it and took my time, would have been a shame to miss the scenery. If your just day tripping it you should always bring rain gear and extra food. Also bring a water filter, there are a lot of creeks through out the ride to filter water at. I went through 300 ounces. Truly Epic Ride! I'll be back for more for sure.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 13, 2013]
Jayem
Downhiller

Done this twice now. Great epic singletrack that just goes on and on. One rider likened it to the Colorado Trail. Trail passes through many different zones, ending up in high alpine tundra. Despite being a little longer, I find this to be a fairly easy trail, because there are no steep ups or downs. All the climbs are fairly gradual and nothing that I would rate on the scale of the lung-busters I've done down south. This means that more inexperienced riders can enjoy it, but realize it's still a lot of miles and shoddy bikes or poor fitness can still catch up with anyone. The trail surface is great for the most part. Some rooty sections to keep it interesting, some banked/bermed turns you can rail, some very short rocky sections, it has it all, but none of these to an extreme either. This makes it a well balanced trail route. It's hard to sit here and give it a score based on so many other trails, but the scenery is breathtaking, the surface is very good, the length of singletrack is great, and so on. Don't be fooled by the aerobic or technical ratings, they are low, but the length of the trail makes up for this by a large amount. There's the Devil's Pass cutoff to get you some technical that's more like a "4" if you want that :)

Customer Service

Start from Coopers or Hope. Do the entire route, or go halfway and come back. Going to one end and back is a crazy 76 miles or something.

Similar Products Used:

None yet, but I know they are there!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 09, 2012]
Tom Woods
Weekend Warrior

From a technical standpoint, I found this trail much easier than I expected it would be on the basis of reviews and books I read. Most of the trail is accurately described as being of "moderate" technical and aerobic difficulty. There are a few sections that are difficult and steep (but not many). The trail is well worn and in constant use by hikers and mountain bikers. Progress along this trail should be quick for most mountain bikers. Our group of three intermediate riders did 25 miles along this trail in four hours. The scenery along this trail is stunning. This was one of my most favorite mountain bike rides of all time anywhere (and it was cloudy and raining). I hope I get to ride this trail again.

Customer Service

Probably dosen;t make any difference for most mountain bike riders. We started at Coopers Landing. Changes in elevation are very moderate along most of the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Crescent Lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 07, 2009]
doug
Cross Country Rider

Started at the Devil's Pass turn off and gradually climbed to Devil's Pass. We had a heatwave and it was 82 degrees when we started. Take plenty of water but there are alot of small streams to top off again up the hill. Once we had made the climb and leveled out to Devil's Pass the views were stunning. The trail down to Hope along Ressurection Pass was just "bombs away" for a very long downhill trip. Took us 5 hours 30 minutes from start to finish. This is one of the best downhill single tracks that I have ever done. Not to technical but enough to keep you honest.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 22, 1999]
Jack

The last time I rode the trail my partner and I over estimated ourselves. The trail is about 40 miles long and we thought we could do it in about 8 hours, we were wrong. It took us a full eleven hours even though we are both current athletes. It was raining, 40 degrees, and the wind was blowning though. I would say the best time to bike this trail is in June. I've hiked it three or four times in June and every time it's been sunny. If your going in Aug. expect rain and cool temperatures. Most of the trail is single track. There is some great hills to fly down just as there is some long ones to climb. I would recommend an over-night trip. There is some cool cabins that you can rent along the trail.

Customer Service

I would recommend starting out in Hope. The up-hill is fairly gradual and the last three miles or so are all down hill. That is if you are going to ride the whole trail. If you are thinking of going in half way and then turning around, I would start on the hope side.

Similar Products Used:

Johnson Pass trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 02, 1999]
davey pramann

Have done this trail twice in the last couple years, once in June on a cyclocross bike all the way to Seward and back, then Aug 98 on loaded tandem with 10 yr old daughter. This could be a rather epic trail if you're not prepared to Alaska standards, or weather. Some short sections will be pushed due to rocks/incline, and some parts are very narrow/brushy for any sort of loaded touring bike. Don't do low riders. Highly recommend really nice cabins (courtesy Uncle Sam, contact Chugach National Forest). They'll keep you dry plus ya won't have to carry so much. Reserve em early though. Several moose sightings and sordid other wildlife. Bears do exist at the lower ends mostly. Take your time cause the goings slow and the scenery, especially up on top is Alaska at some of its best. Not much use during the week but the secret is out about this trail, there's even a bike-rental business at the Hope end now. Bring solid wheels and good brake pads!

Customer Service

Either from Hope or Cooper Landing you'll be climbing the first half and descending the last half. Kinda depends what works for you logistically. Both mighty scenic. For an added bonus, do the whole thing down to Seward along Resurrection River Trail, although the last section towards Seward can get kinda muddy and beary.

Similar Products Used:

Johnson Pass, pick up "Mountain Bike Alaska" for others.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 10, 1999]
Nathan Ragle

This trail is an awesome ride. Can get muddy in the wetter parts of the season but overall the trail is well maintained and great for riding. The book we had said that it would take around 12 hours to ride but we rode the 40 miles in about 5 hours including a break for lunch.

Customer Service

take trail from hope end to cooper's landing end.

Similar Products Used:

Johnson pass trail and lost lake trail

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 07, 2000]
MESOTONY

Favorite no-brainer ride (can't get lost), take lots of food - can get pretty cold if its raining. I would recommend allowing yourself 8 hours if you are in any kind of big group. Great great ride!!

Customer Service

Coopers to Hope. It is about 4 miles from the end of the trail downhill into Hope where you are a short distance from a very nice campground, ride Gull Rock the next day.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 23, 2000]
j.ron

Rated as one of the ten best singletraks in the world
by Mtn. Bike Action zine. Probably is.
Great ride. 5 hours as suggested in one review is
ambitious. 6.5 is my record. Can take up to 10 if
you're with people who aren't used to riding. Watch
out for the waterbars. I dented a rim once trying
to hop a rock one. Also watch out for stumps of logs
protruding into the trail covered by brush. Lost a
cleat that way once. Never seen a bear and not a
whole bunch of bear doo either. For that try the
lower resurrection to Seward (nightmare ride). You can hire a float plane to fly your stuff into one of the cabins on either Juneau or the lake above that. Makes for a nice campout.

Customer Service

Hope to Cooper Landing. I've done it both ways
and starting in Hope is more enjoyable. IMHO.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 30, 2000]
Brent

LOVE IT! It was the best thing I have done in a long time. I actually got teary eyed at the end. It is a beautiful ride and if you miss this one...you are going to regret it. There are some very technical rocky downhills, but nothing that you can't negotiate if you slow down. I just have a problem slowing down on the fast downhills. The best time to ride is definitely before Aug. After that it can get muddy and a little over grown with weeds. Take a good lunch and a minimum of 100 oz. of water. The ride took us (Dan and I) about 6 1/2 hours. We averaged about 6 miles an hour and that was with all MY stops. I am not in really good shape yet. If you are coming to alaska, you have to ride this trail. If you have any questions, email me and I will set you up with Dan, he can't seem to get enough of it!

Customer Service

Start at the Hope side and park a car at the Cooper Landing side.

Similar Products Used:

Johnsons Pass, Powerline Pass

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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