6.1 miles
Distance
1,235 ft
Climb
-1,136 ft
Descent
00:56:41
Avg time

Outer Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Other
  • Global Ranking
    #47641 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #63748 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2011
  • Land Owner
    Alaska Dept of Natural Resources - MLW

A singletrack flow trail that is very swoopy.

Short closure during spring break-up.
Dogs: Leashed
The Outer Loop is the longest trail of the Ester Dome Singletrack Happy Valley Trail System. Snaking its way around a forested loop on a south-facing hillside, this trail strikes a balance between winding forest singletrack and bermed-earth "bike-park" features. Similar in design to the Inner Loop, the trail bed is smooth and everything is do-able for a biker with intermediate skills. The trail runs mostly through open aspen forest with occasional forays into denser stands of mixed spruce and birch. Lots of squirrels and songbirds in the area, but especially keep watch for the occasional moose.

Take care at the intersections, as there are several. Look for the signs and colored reflectors (Inner Loop = Yellow, Outer Loop = Orange, TnT = Green). The Inner Loop and Outer Loop meet three times, the Equinox Marathon Trail crosses over the easternmost end of the Outer Loop, and the Henderson Drop-In meets the trail near its highest and westernmost point.

Access Info

Trailhead & parking, 1.6 mile Ester Dome Road.

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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Outer Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    99 ft
  • Altitude min
    837 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,487 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,174 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,273 ft
  • Grade
    0.308%
  • Grade max
    -25.033%
  • Grade min
    21.86%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,173 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:41
  • Avg reverse time
    01:13:01
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on Sep 16, 2022
Wet
Avg: 4.3 (7 votes)
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      Outer Loop Trail Reports

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      Sep 16, 2022 @ 9:08am
      Sep 16, 2022
      Fallen leaves and the recent rain make for a slippery trail at times. Handful of puddles exist but otherwise the trail is well drained and...
      Sep 9, 2022 @ 7:24pm
      Sep 9, 2022
      Some muddy spots but nothing too bad, no blow downs
      Aug 23, 2022 @ 7:46pm
      Aug 23, 2022
      Get out there and ride!
      Aug 14, 2022 @ 5:11pm
      Aug 14, 2022
      All the downed trees are taken care of, there is still a decent amount of sticks in the trail. Nothing bike killing sized. Past that, trail is...
      Aug 5, 2022 @ 8:08pm
      Aug 5, 2022
      Bit wet but the trail drains well and is solid. Couple puddles in the usual spots.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 41 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      All
      • 140 rides
      • Last: Sep 29, 2022

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      Sep 9, 2022 @ 7:24pm
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      Nov 2, 2020 @ 10:42pm
      Nov 2, 2020
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      May 4, 2019 @ 3:08pm
      May 4, 2019

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