Family Friendly: Being relatively short, this gentle route is a great option for families, as the going is fairly easy.
Mooseberry Mesa is a traditional, hand-built singletrack (skinny relative to newer machine-constructed trails). It was constructed by volunteers from Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers in 2005 for bikers, but foot traffic is also welcome to use it.
The first half mile is relatively flat with some roots.The loop is about 1 mile in length, dipping into a bowl formation before heading back up again to the ridge. The flat portion (stick of lollipop) tends to be a bit rootier than the hilly loop. It's a fun valley/ridge trail either way you hike it. The trail was deliberately built to feature a narrow track with twists around trees to keep cyclist speeds controlled and provide some fun with an added agility challenge. This trail will be slower than the Bear and Fox trails further to the south. It has two-way traffic for both bike and foot traffic, so keep alert.
The area is well-mapped and signed. More descriptions of the trails and landowner differences in the 2500-acre Matanuska Greenbelt area are found here: matanuska-greenbelt.org
The neighboring Moose Poop Loop
is shorter but has more technical turns.
This is the only real singletrack in the system where horses are not allowed.
Birch and spruce trees grow on the sides of the trail with a variable understory to accompany it.