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Palmer-Sutton railroad bed

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

The trail has mild grades as it runs along side the Matanuska River on top of the old rail road bed to Sutton. There are some spots where gravel slides have covered the rail bed. There are single track trails over these slides, but plan on walking some unless you are more skilled. This is a very scenic route, good for all skill levels.
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Latitude
61.611130517546066
Longitude
-149.07451629638672
Trail Directions
Drive North on the Glenn Highway through Palmer. Take a right onto the OLD glenn highway, which is the next stop light past CARRS grocery. Drive about 1/2 mile to the NAPPA store and park DIRECTLY behind the store. The trail starts there and heads north.
Trail Length
6.5 miles one way
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Palmer
   


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Review Date
June 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Eric , from Palmer

Summary:
There's a lot of rock slides that are hard to get over but once you get past them it is a nice easy ride with a good view of the river.

Recommended Route:
Start from Nappa

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The is an old cat trail that goes up the north side of the butte. It is a short ride but it is freeking fast.



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Review Date
July 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brad , from Anchorage

Summary:
The trail is mostly flat except for the many slides. I think I counted about 12 different slides that the bike had to be walked on. Be careful on one section of the trail (about 4 miles from the trailhead) that splits off and goes right next to a cut bank on the river. A friend of mine fell over the side and into the river because the trail was too narrow. Make sure you take the trail that heads into the woods.
Overall the trail is a good one with many old rail cars and nasty looking slides. The scenery is nice as well with the Matanuska River running near the trail for most of the way.



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Review Date
April 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David , from Anchorage

Summary:
Muddy to start out in the spring. Four big slides where you have to walk you bike. Once past the slides the ride was great, flat and fast. Right on the Matanuska River. It would get five but for the slides. May be somewhat dangerous on the slide area.



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Review Date
June 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: brent , from anchorage

Summary:
this is one of my old faves an instant classic and I love going there every little while I would highly reccamend it to all intermediate-expert riders!!!

Recommended Route:
all around the area



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Review Date
August 20, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: John in AK , from Wasilla, AK

Summary:
OK, I did this trail after a week of heavy rain. The main trail was awsome. A wide rail road bed lined on either sides by huge trees, their canopies obscuring the sky above me. The Matanuska river, approaching the end of it's journey to the sea was high and angry as it rushed along the side of the trail, so close in spots I felt as though I was on a promenade. BUT, the gravel slides had mud washes across many of them. Some ankle deep and too big to go around. I pushed through (walking) and took advantage of more fantastic trail on the opposite side. The rain did not soften the main trail (to my supprise), but there were a few puddles. I imagine that a normal rain would not produce the outpouring of glacial muck, but these past weeks have been bad, hence, the adventurous goo. Oh well, wash the bike, wash the shoes, wash my clothes.... It is a good day to ride. :o)



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