ElevationAscent: 175' 53 m
Descent: -162' -49 m
High: 319' 97 m
Low: 182' 55 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
Popular hikes nearby
Matanuska Peak Route
9.8 mi 15.8 km • Out and Back • 5,348 ft Ascent 1630.2 m Ascent
Government Peak Climb
2.9 mi 4.7 km • Point to Point • 3,751 ft Ascent 1143.36 m Ascent
1.2 mi 1.9 km • Loop • 89 ft Ascent 27.22 m Ascent
Eklutna High Ridge Traverse
25.7 mi 41.4 km • Loop • 9,750 ft Ascent 2971.79 m Ascent
East Twin Peak Route
8.1 mi 13.1 km • Out and Back • 4,972 ft Ascent 1515.4 m Ascent
South Pioneer Peak Hike
14.2 mi 22.9 km • Out and Back • 7,207 ft Ascent 2196.7 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A singletrack lollipop-shaped loop trail located near north end of the Matanuska Greenbelt.”— Dot Helm
Family Friendly Being relatively short, this gentle route is a great option for families, as the going is fairly easy.
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.
Hiked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features