Alaska was added summer of 2013 and extends the whole Klondike Bluffs network further north.
The first mile or so of the trail is rolling singletrack that winds around the rocky outer cropping of rocks above Salt Valley. It winds nicely around big rock formations on hardpacked dirt - even going in between a two very large rocks tilted together. The switchbacks are smooth and the views are spectacular.
The Alaska Trail descent follows a slight ridge line and is mainly on slickrock and salt wash sandstone.
Two other trails exit off of Alaska: Homer
and Nome, making for lots of running options. If you don't want the downhill to end quite yet, instead of finishing on Alaska, take Homer
all the way down to Dino-Flow
for a total of a 1.7 mile descent. You can also exit down to Dino-Flow
via Nome at the first intersection you come across. The full Alaska trail finishes on Mega Steps
at the EKG
intersection slightly above the Dino-Flow
The shortest run option for this trail is to go up Mega Steps
and then take Alaska down for a 6.5 mile loop total.