Long Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 157' 48 m
Descent: -157' -48 m
High: 227' 69 m
Low: 140' 43 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“Singletrack through forest, farm roads around the fields. Nice diversity of conditions.”— Dot Helm
Further along at the east end of the trail, there's an option to take the newer, gentler switchback or the old steep portion (labeled as such on the directional sign). Many will prefer the newer, more sustainable trail, but they rejoin at bottom of the hill (if you opted to head clockwise, you'll have your pick as to how you'd like to climb the hill instead). As you work your way up the other side, you may be able to catch glimpses of Long Lake again. Eventually you'll hit a major intersection with Long Lake Connector and State Park picnic table. This is a great place for a lunch break!
Continue straight on singletrack until you enter the UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm fields. Continue along the trail at edge of fields. Where you reach a wide area between fields, go east (left) , and that will take you back to the trailhead via the same series of connectors that brought you to the trail.
While the Long Lake trailhead is closer to the trail proper, it may be a little rough and may not be plowed in winter. Many people use the Matanuska Experiment Farm trailhead to reach the trail. Please respect the university fields and stay on trails so as not to interfere with their research.
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Land Manager: Alaska DNR - Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area