2 miles
Distance
89 ft
Climb
-1,075 ft
Descent
00:11:12
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of 16 Mile DH Trail

16 Mile DH Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Palmer
    Palmer, Alaska
  • AKA
    Hatcher Pass Road Run
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Dry Summer Months
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #23505 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
    2012
  • Land Manager

16 Mile Summer Trail was initially a rugged singletrack DH trail maintained by local builders since 2008, the State of Alaska installed a more user friendly course in 2012. The new state course removed any of the wooden features that were present on the original 16 mile trail and replaced the skinny singletrack with a machine cut ~4' wide track down the mountain. This new trail flows well and has multiple banked berms and small jumps that wind down the mountainside.

This is a shuttle access downhill trail that is suitable for all ages and multiple different bike styles- although best suited for all mountain, dirtjumper or full on DH bikes. Parking at the bottom is near mile 12 of Palmer Fishhook Road, while the top of the trailhead starts near mile 16 of Palmer Fishhook Road.

The berms are starting to degrade and some areas of trail will need users to step up and control erosion and general maintenance of the trail.

Access Info

Start of the trail is at the bottom. Meet just before mile 12 Palmer Fishhook Road. Load up bikes and drive to mile 16 Palmer Fishhook Road. Unload at the viewpoint parking lot and decide who drives and who rides. 1 driver bring the rig to the base while the rest enjoy the sweet sweet singletrack.

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More Stats for 16 Mile DH Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -986 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,527 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,513 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,513 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,527 ft
  • Grade
    -10.06%
  • Grade max
    -29.843%
  • Grade min
    14.194%
  • Distance climb
    1,304 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    00:11:12
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Status:
on Jul 21, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      16 Mile DH Trail Trail Reports

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      Jul 21, 2018 @ 12:55pm
      Jul 21, 2018
      Trail is dry and the weeds aren't to tall yet. Watch out for riding the trail when it is wet the dirt/clay is exceptionally slippery.
      Jun 8, 2017 @ 12:10am
      Jun 8, 2017
      Apr 19, 2017 @ 4:18pm
      Apr 19, 2017
      Might be able to ride early morning but trail conditions are shot for the next few weeks until snow drys up and then wait for the mud to clear
      Jan 24, 2017 @ 4:03pm
      Jan 24, 2017
      Wait a few days after any fresh snowfall and the entire area becomes one giant freeride trail after all the shredders pack down the powder.
      Oct 31, 2016 @ 3:46pm
      Oct 31, 2016
      Trail is now covered in snow and you can only ride the packed areas from where sledders and shredders have packed out a trail. Still a great DH...
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      Jun 23, 2018 @ 8:35pm
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