8.8 miles
Distance
1,312 ft
Climb
-1,430 ft
Descent
2,196 ft
High Point

Classic Middlefork loop. Starting at Prospect Heights, take Southfork Rim trail until it rejoins Powerline. A quick spin up powerline to the Middlefork cut off then Middlefork it all the way to Wolverine Bowl trail. Down and back up from here to finish at Prospect heights.

Detailed Description
Classic Middlefork Winter only is a 9 mile popular intermediate route located near Anchorage Alaska. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,312 ft with a max elevation of 2,196 ft then descends -1,430 ft.
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6 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
mexicanbobcat (Jun 8, 2020 at 1:26)
I think we're doing a disservice to the development of high level mountain biking in Alaska by consistently rating trails as more difficult than they really are - compared to trails in the rest of North America.
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Bigoafak (Dec 31, 2019 at 12:01)
Trail Middle Fork
Don’t forget legally only tires 3.5 or wider are allowed.
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nofunstravaguy (Sep 21, 2019 at 13:10)
SWEET upgrade from the original. DON"T recommend going for the KOM on this one....it's such a benign trail which is very popular with hikers/runners. Not worth pissing off our fellow user group, which we want on our side.

I would highly recommend downgrading this from a Blue to a Green. There is really nothing to it....apart from the physicality of getting to the trailhead (if you don't shuttle), and the flat to off camber corners can be tricky if you're bombing it.
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Snwgrl (Aug 26, 2019 at 19:05)
Fantastic trail!!! This is another gem for anchorage. Gets the heart rate up, sweat pumping. I can understand why hikers don’t like sharing it though. When a group of 6 bikers come cooking downhill fast, and yell at you to move outta the way, it definitely puts a bad taste in your mouth (other than the dust). Overall great trail, just needs some better mannered riders on it.
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Anchskier (Feb 4, 2019 at 10:53)
Correction on the access information. If you are coming down Powerline, it is the 2nd trail on the right. The first trail on the right as you come down is Blueberry Hollow which is closed to bikes year-round.
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aknordicskier (Mar 24, 2018 at 18:53)
Rode it in the reverse direction. Pretty good conditions on 3/24/2018 other than section between williwaw and power line
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  • Winter only route
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    7
More Stats for Classic Middlefork Winter only mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    977 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,175 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,056 ft
  • Grade
    -0.3%
  • Grade max
    -34.1%
  • Grade min
    22.1%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,540 ft
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