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Ptarmigan Valley Trail

Intermediate

Trail

5.9 mile 9.4 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,966' 904 m
Descent: -181' -55 m
High: 3,201' 976 m
Low: 417' 127 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Unknown
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Trail shared by Matt Freeman

This is primarily used as a snow machine trail (multi-use) to access Ptarmigan Valley.

Matt Freeman

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No known restrictions.

Need to Know

No toilets are available at the trailhead; however, a nearby park (Loretta French) has restrooms.

Runner Notes

The trail surface is well-maintained for Alaska standards. The trail gets obscured later in the season when the grass is chest-high, especially the higher portions of the trail. Lots and lots of brush on the trail reducing visibility for the surroundings.

Description

The summer trailhead starts at a parking lot right off the Old Glenn Highway. Head up the road around the locked gate to a larger parking area used for snow machine access. The trail is wide enough for a 4-wheeler and reasonable grades climb for way too long through the alders and low brush. It seems to take forever to get out of the trees; there are no views to keep motivated while ascending the long drainage.

Eventually the alders give way to grass and spruce. About halfway up the mountain, find a post that marks a singletrack summer trail. Later in the season, the grass gets quite high and obscures the trail in many places. The summer trail avoids some bogs. Eventually, the trails merge with a sign at the junction. Continue climbing and finally find the surrounding terrain visible. Come to a pedestrian-only bridge where the snow machines are allowed to go off trail.

I added this trail to provide a navigation mark for traversing from Mount Baldy -- best done as a shuttle.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, bears, ground squirrels, loads of berries (blueberries, cranberries, watermelon, etc.) during the end of season.

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