Trail Run Project Logo

Mooseberry Mesa

Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 175' 53 m
Descent: -162' -49 m
High: 319' 97 m
Low: 182' 55 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Dot Helm

A singletrack lollipop-shaped loop trail located near north end of the Matanuska Greenbelt.

Dot Helm

Features -none-

If wet or muddy, check the depth of your footprint to see if you should try a different trail that day. Horses are not allowed.

Runner Notes

This trail is popular with runners and bikers with two-way traffic. Some parts are rooty. When wet, like during breakup, please consider using other trails. However, because this trail is narrow and has some protective materials on it, it tends to be drier than the ski trails in the area.

Description

Mooseberry Mesa is a traditional, hand-built singletrack (skinny relative to newer machine-constructed trails). It was constructed by volunteers from Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers in 2005 for bikers, but foot traffic is also welcome to use it.

The first half mile is relatively flat with some roots.The loop is about 1 mile in length, dipping into a bowl formation before heading back up again to the ridge. The flat portion (stick of lollipop) tends to be a bit rootier than the hilly loop. It's a fun valley/ridge trail either way you run it. The trail was deliberately built to feature a narrow track with twists around trees to keep cyclist speeds controlled and provide some fun with an added agility challenge. This trail will be slower than the Bear and Fox trails further to the south. It has two-way traffic for both bike and foot traffic, so keep alert.

The area is well-mapped and signed. More descriptions of the trails and landowner differences in the 2500-acre Matanuska Greenbelt area are found here:matanuska-greenbelt.org

The neighboring Moose Poop Loop is shorter but has more technical turns.

This is the only real singletrack in the system where horses are not allowed.

Flora & Fauna

Birch and spruce trees grow on the sides of the trail with a variable understory to accompany it.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Features

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#9627

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
50%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#115

in Alaska

#9,627

Overall
4 Views Last Month
115 Since Jul 19, 2016
Intermediate

0%
50%
50%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Main entrance to Mooseberry Mesa.
Jul 20, 2016 near Gateway, AK

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running