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Ptarmigan Valley Trail

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This is primarily used as a snow machine trail (multi-use) to access Ptarmigan Valley.


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5.9

Miles

9.4

KM

Point to Point

3,201' 976 m

High

417' 127 m

Low

2,966' 904 m

Up

181' 55 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

No known restrictions.

Need to Know

No toilets are available at the trailhead; however, a nearby park (Loretta French) has restrooms.

Description

The summer trailhead starts at a parking lot right off the Old Glenn Highway. Head up the road around the locked gate to a larger parking area used for snow machine access. The trail is wide enough for a 4-wheeler and reasonable grades climb for way too long through the alders and low brush. It seems to take forever to get out of the trees; there are no views to keep motivated while ascending the long drainage.

Eventually the alders give way to grass and spruce. About halfway up the mountain, find a post that marks a singletrack summer trail. Later in the season, the grass gets quite high and obscures the trail in many places. The summer trail avoids some bogs. Eventually, the trails merge with a sign at the junction. Continue climbing and finally find the surrounding terrain visible. Come to a pedestrian-only bridge where the snow machines are allowed to go off trail.

I added this trail to provide a navigation mark for traversing from Mount Baldy -- best done as a shuttle.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, bears, ground squirrels, loads of berries (blueberries, cranberries, watermelon, etc.) during the end of season.

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Shared By:

Matt Freeman

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Tall grass covering the trail in places.
Aug 5, 2019 near Eagle R…, AK
Finally the bridge, which marks the end of the route and beginning of an established trail.
Aug 5, 2019 near Eagle R…, AK
Beginning of the summer trail.  Beat through the tall grass to find you way.  The summer trail is a sweet narrow singletrack and avoids the bogs on the winter trail.
Aug 5, 2019 near Eagle R…, AK
The upper summer trail sign where the winter and summer trails merge.
Aug 5, 2019 near Eagle R…, AK

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