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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
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Mountain Biking Aker Lake Trail #17

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The Aker Lake Trail drops gradually 400 feet over its 3.5 mile span to Aker Lake. The trail passes through a mixed forest area of aspens and conifers.
This trail is open to non-motorized uses including mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
Songbirds can often be heard when riding quietly and slowly. As you continue your ride, you'll come to a meadow called Butterfly Cienega and once you ride along the meadow, you will reenter the forest. This may also allow a rider to catch a glimpse of the area's wildlife including elk, mule deer, or even black bears. From the forest, you'll renter the valley and follow the trails as it brings you to Aker Lake where you will cross a log bridge across the dam. You can loop this trail by following Aker Lake Road (FR 8312) back to Butterfly Cienega and retracing your route from the meadow.
This trail is here for your enjoyment due in large part to volunteer Don Yates. Yates worked as a campground host at the nearby campground and planned and constructed this trail over a three year period.quietly and slowly. As you continue your ride, you'll come to a meadow called Butterfly Cienega and once you ride along the meadow, you will reenter the forest. This may also allow a rider to catch a glimpse of the area's wildlife including elk, mule deer, or even black bears. From the forest, you'll renter the valley and follow the trails as it brings you to Aker Lake where you will cross a log bridge across the dam. You can loop this trail by following Aker Lake Road (FR 8312) back to Butterfly Cienega and retracing your route from the meadow. source: fs.usda.gov

First added by Jeff Barber on Apr 27, 2020. Last updated Apr 27, 2020. → add an update
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The main trailhead for the Aker Lake trail is just south of Hannagan Meadow campground on Highway 191 south of Alpine. Those camping in the campground can access the trail between campsites #6 and #7. The trail is marked with blue diamonds.
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  • lzyboy

    This trail is in the Wallow Fire burn scar in many places. Many trees have fallen, and more will. It is currently clear plus or minus a couple windfalls (as of 6/19/17) and is fun to ride. At 7 miles out and back it is probably the longest continuous single track in the Alpine/Springerville Ranger Districts. The best way to ride, IMO, is from Aker Lake to Hannagan and back, uphill then down. It is essentially a beginner to intermediate trail, but has potential with added skinnies and jumps, which could be in its future. It is still fun, lots of roots, water bars, rocks, holes, etc. and the potential to see wildlife is definitely there. With all the blowdown in the forest, it is a major route for animals, always see elk and deer tracks, sometimes bear tracks.

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