6.1 miles
Distance
1,235 ft
Climb
-1,136 ft
Descent
00:53:29
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
    #16673 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2011
  • Land Manager
    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
    00:53:29
  • Avg reverse time
    01:03:40
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Status:
on Jul 15, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.3 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Outer Loop Trail Reports

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      Jul 15, 2021 @ 7:50pm
      Jul 15, 2021
      Jun 22, 2021 @ 7:43pm
      Jun 22, 2021
      Trail conditions are fantastic. However there is a tree down on lower outer loop between markers 34 and 35. Has been reported to the Facebook...
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 7:35pm
      Jun 2, 2021
      There is only like 2 wet sections, otherwise the trail is fantastic and people have cleared all of the downed trees from winter already.
      May 29, 2021 @ 10:53am
      May 29, 2021
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 11:17pm
      Sep 26, 2020
      Leaf covered but 90% dry underneath.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 26 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      All
      • 62 rides
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      Nov 2, 2020 @ 10:42pm
      Nov 2, 2020
      36 |
      May 4, 2019 @ 3:08pm
      May 4, 2019

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