Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile
ElevationAscent: 5,201' 1,585 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 5,277' 1,608 m
Low: 96' 29 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“A vertical mile run up to Pioneer Ridge with splendid views of Knik Glacier, the Talkeetnas, and the Twin Peaks”— Abe H
Featured Race - Jul 7, 2019
The top of the ridge reveals a beautiful valley between Eklutna and Pioneer, and it provides options for those wanting to proceed further—head north on the ridge to Pioneer Peak or head south toward Yudikench Peak. Both are ambitious goals.
At the time of this writing,pioneerverticalmile.com was not established yet, but is intended to be the official website for the Vertical Mile Race. The official date for 2018 also has not been announced yet, but July 8 is the likely date. The entry fee is only $5 and sign ups are held the day of the race.
This trail has an intermediate/black diamond rating due to its length and grade.
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