September 7, 2008
The above description is a bit deceiving, this is a half century old hiking trail, very popular and well maintained. It is also one of the epic bike rides here in SC AK. There really isnâ€™t anything technical about it other than the over all length. Coopers Landing (south end) is aprox 80 miles south of anchorage, I start from the North end in Hope, AK; aprox 60 miles south of anchorage turn right at the Hope Junction, drive 16 miles to town and follow the signs or ask directions to the trail head. You will climb about â€˜2000 in 19 miles but its all downhill from there. This trail can get extremely sloppy with rain, pack for just about any kind of weather and fenders are a good idea even if the sun is out.
*** This is bear country! Please ride with a group and make noise or use a â€˜bear bellâ€™, most bears will avoid human confrontation as long as they hear you coming.***