Lost Lake Trail - Trail, Seward, Alaska

Lost Lake Trail - Trail, Seward, Alaska

DESCRIPTION

Tight technical singletrack that takes the rider through spruce forests, into the subalpine meadows, and ultimately into the high-country alpine and to the alpine lake. Views of glaciers, Ressuerction Bay, and wildlife encounters are frequent.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 10, 2014]
special.k80731
Cross Country Rider

Rode from the Seward side on the summer trail to the Clemons cabin, then to the lake. Highly recommend booking this cabin (though it must be done FAR in advance if you want a summer weekend!), one of my favorites in AK. Trail is a steady climb from the trailhead, and I was definitely hike-a-biking a few sections. Not really that steep but some good obstacles that I can't handle, though an expert rider would have no problem staying on their bike. If you ride to the cabin there are a couple plank rides over some wet ground. The trail to the lake is more of the same steady climb, but the downhill is a blast. Few sections if any to worry about and good riding.


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4
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3
[Jul 28, 2012]
Anna
Weekend Warrior

anyone seen a camera at seward trail head? black 417 359 7099

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4
VALUE
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5
[Jul 20, 2008]
crash2
Weekend Warrior

Riding from Primrose to Seward proved to be challenging. It's a steep ascent. The trail was also quite muddy and slippery with plenty of roots and rocks for obstacles. There was one downed tree and one that's trying to come down on the trail. It's also mid-July and there's still plenty of snow on the trail. The views from the ridge are stunning. Be careful, though, of sharp rocks just waiting to give you a flat.

Customer Service

South to north. The northern trailhead is steep and can be treacherous.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 11, 2005]
waocinak
Cross Country Rider

One of the best trails in southcentral Alaska by far! This awesome single track will throw everything at you allowing you to conquer obstacles up to, and surpassing whatever your comfort level is. I've been able to ride all the way down the Primrose side the last two times, but most of my friends have ended up over the handlebars at least once, and it takes some cahones to bomb over the roots and rocks encountered on the upper part of Primrose. The Seward side is a great uphill, gradual, with great views and tons of salmon berries. The ride across the lake is unforgettable and the downhill...well just hang on. Next time we'll try up Primrose and down the other side and cut out the road run, but that will mean a lot of walking the bike uphill.

Customer Service

A great way to hit this awesome trail is to park at Primrose, bike 12 miles down the highway, then up the Seward side and back down the Primrose side. The road run only takes about an hour (if the wind isn't too bad) and it is mostly downhill, making for a 27 mile loop!

Similar Products Used:

Crescent Lake, Resurrection

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jun 13, 2005]
swixskier02
Racer

the only reason this rating is low is because i didnt feel the reviews were good enough and my buddy and i got lost and spent many uneccisary hours trying to find our way back and met the state troopers at the bottom looking for us, so this review is really detailed and long.going down to primrose campground was rough and rooty as hell, with logs going diagonally across the trail to really mess up your lines, hard pack dirt and lots of little water drainages to make you almost endo. the singletrack had a certain cut to it on the edges that if you just grazed it with your tire sidewall you would grab and slide sideways. going up from primrose campground it was all uphill, once you get in the flat part on the mountain it turns to a loose rocky trail that is narrow and at points has cliffs off the side. if you like the sisht of just mountains you would like this trail. go when there is no more snow left in the mountains or bring a map and a gps otherwise you could get lost because going from primrose to lost lake the trail stops at the lake and you could get lost in the mountains like my friend and i did. so start at the lost lake subdivision trailhead first. was for advanced riders or those with no care for their life or bike. going back down to primrose my hands got very numb. bring warm clothes if you do it in june and give yourself a lot of time to do this trail and you should be fine. we started on primrose side and ended there too do to the fact my buddy and i got lost and had to backtrack. also some parts of the trail to primrose were unrideable.

Customer Service

i dont know what the lost lake trailhead side looks like but i would start there unles you like going really far uphill. MAKE SURE THERE IS NO SNOW WHEN YOU DO IT OTHERWISE YOU COULD GET LOST AND BRING EXTRA FOOD, WATER, AND CLOTHES.

Similar Products Used:

cresent lake trail, russian river trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 23, 2004]
azrealestatepro
Downhiller

I spent summer 2002 up there. Rode the trail at least once a week. Went for a night ride on it once by myself, don't recommend that, I was scared silly. Spectacular views. Once I was ridding up and looked across the valley and saw 6 bears, so be careful. I bought a cow bell at the feed shop, it lets bears and hikers know you're coming. Still be courteous to both. Watch out for the state bird, it will just sit on the trail to you run it over, kinda looks like a rock, but taste like chicken. Fast flowing single track. If you're ever even close to Seward its well worth it.

Customer Service

Seward side up the summer trail and back down. The summer trail is all ridable up the primrose side is a fun down but make sure you have a ride to pick you up. Seward to primrose camp ground back to Seward is epic.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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5
[Mar 23, 2004]
azrealestatepro
Downhiller

I spent summer 2002 up there. Rode the trail at least once a week. Went for a night ride on it once by myself, don't recommend that, I was scared silly. Spectacular views. Once I was ridding up and looked across the valley and saw 6 bears, so be careful. I bought a cow bell at the feed shop, it lets bears and hikers know you're coming. Still be courteous to both. Watch out for the state bird, it will just sit on the trail to you run it over, kinda looks like a rock, but taste like chicken. Fast flowing single track. If you're ever even close to Seward its well worth it.

Customer Service

Seward side up the summer trail and back down. The summer trail is all ridable up the primrose side is a fun down but make sure you have a ride to pick you up. Seward to primrose camp ground back to Seward is epic.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 27, 2003]
Dawn
Cross Country Rider

The day we rode this trail it was cold (by Texas standards), very windy, and rainy, but, darn it, we came to Alaska to ride and we were going to ride! We drove to the parking lot, put on rain gear, and took off up the mountain. The trail started with switchbacks and then leveled out to an even climb. It was wet, slick, muddy in spots, cold and very windy, especially when we got to the saddle overlooking the lake because there were no trees to stop the wind. It sprinkled on us off and on the whole ride. I even got blown off the trail at one point! One cool part of this ride was that there were tons of really big Salmonberries along the way. We didn’t see any bears, but we sure saw a lot of evidence that they’d been there. As we were working our way up the trail this monster guy (obviously from Alaska because the weather didn't seem nearly as cold to him as it did to us) came flying by us. He said he had cabin fever from the past few days of bad weather and was getting a quick ride in before work. He passed us again on his way down before we even made it to the top. We didn’t ride down to the lake since we could see it just fine from the saddle and we were ready to get out of the wind. By the time we got back down to the trail head, my hands and toes were numb from the cold, but even with the discomfort, it was a really great trail.

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 02, 1999]
John in AK

Once you start at the primrose trail head, the trail is basically good (but with roots and rocks), and uphill for four miles (could be muddy). At mile four, you come to a cabin and from there to mile 5.5 plan on walking the bike and bonking.

At mile 5.5 you are now above tree line and start to enjoy grand vistas, and the riding picks up. At mile 8 you will be at Lost lake. Two more miles takes you to the summit of the trail where you can see resurection bay, glaciers, waterfalls, and open mountains...Airplanes flying through the pass to or from Seward will be below you. It is indeed spectacular, and if you have recovered from the climb, it is worth it.

The descent into Seward is, simply, fantastic. Fast, good trail, beautiful, but not easy. If you've never tested your brakes, this is not a good time. I swear by my Maguras, which never let me down. The final five miles goes by in a flash, just be careful where streams cross the trail, they are lined with logs or big rocks which must be hopped, or walked across....I was too tired to do much hopping.

By the end of my ride I had completed a 28.5 mile loop. It took me three and a half hours to do it, and I only stopped three times. twice for my aching legs and once to eat.

I don't recommend anyone do it so hurriedly. I was combining a business trip with a ride and was doing it at the end of the day and pushing daylight. There are bears there, so use bear bells at a minimum.

The climb was brutal, and the trail technical. I don't agree that this is a medium trail, but believe it to be more advanced. If you are up to it, you will be rewarded. Do it on a clear sunny day to get the greatest effect.

Because the view is so spectacular, I will have to rate this trail a five, even though it is difficult.

Customer Service

Start in Primrose and go across the mountain ending up at the lost lake trail head in Seward. I parked at the fire station in Seward (where the lost lake trail head meets the highway), then rode the 13.5 miles up the highway to the Primrose trail head. It is uphill most of the way, so be tough.

Similar Products Used:

Crescent lake trail in Cooper Landing. Great trail, medium in difficulty, well maintained, and a beautiful lake at the end to reward the journey.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 11, 1999]
John in AK

Sorry, I mis-calculated. It took me four and a half hours, car-back-to-car round trip. The trail itself took three and a half hours.

Customer Service

same

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5
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