6.1 miles
Distance
1,235 ft
Climb
-1,136 ft
Descent
00:53:20
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 [+]
    • 85 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
    00:53:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:43
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on Nov 28, 2023
Snow Groomed
Avg: 4.5 (10 votes)
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      Outer Loop Trail Reports

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      Nov 28, 2023 @ 10:07am
      Nov 28, 2023
      Packed well by walkers and other bikers. A bit soft on the corners. Groomed by Goldstream Sports! The grooming helps smooth out the footprints of...
      Jun 9, 2023 @ 1:10pm
      Jun 9, 2023
      Trail was perfect and dirt was great. Maybe a mud spot or two.
      May 26, 2023 @ 3:48am
      May 26, 2023
      Wet leaves
      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
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 35 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
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      • 181 rides
      • Last: Nov 28, 2023

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      May 4, 2019 @ 3:08pm
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