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Ressurection Pass Trail

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Latitude
60.919754532399686
Longitude
-150.31494140625
Trail Directions
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hope
   


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Review Date
July 5, 2016

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: thub ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the Ressucrection trail from Cooper Landing to Hope on 7/2/16 to 7/3/16. I have just scored a Revelate Sweet Roll bag and Viscancia seat bag. I wanted to test my bags so I planned to overnight from the start. I rode my fat bike with fully loaded bags so the bike was over 50 pounds. From Cooper Landing to Juneau Lake the trail was great and I was able to ride everything. After Juneau lake the trail gets primitive, overgrown, and this where you gain most of the elevation to the top of the pass. Right after Juneau lake the bugs got thick, horribly thick. I had to push my bike most of the way until I broke treeline and got tore the hell up by the bugs, yes I had deet on and it didn't make much difference. Once you get to Devils Pass the trail gets great again. The trail was pretty flat through the pass then you start the sweet downhill to Hope. Amazing riding, such a blast. I camped at East Creek (25 miles in) which left me with 14 miles of predominant downhill the next day. I woke up a 3am and hit the trail by 4am. I was concerned with bears as I doubted there would be any traffic. I did not see anyone on the trail this early. When I got to Ressurection Creek I started seeing a lot of bear sign, as in tracks over yesterdays hike / bike tracks. Came across on steaming fresh pile of bear crap. I made it to Hope at 7am. As I was driving out of the trail head a black bear crossed the road in front of me. This is some of the beautiful country I've seen and I've lived in AK most of my life and have traveled the state extensively. For someone like me that's in moderate shape it was a big workout. I was riding a fully loaded fat bike too. I could see doing it in 8 hours on my carbon fiber squish bike. I'm glad I bike packed it and took my time, would have been a shame to miss the scenery. If your just day tripping it you should always bring rain gear and extra food. Also bring a water filter, there are a lot of creeks through out the ride to filter water at. I went through 300 ounces. Truly Epic Ride! I'll be back for more for sure.



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Review Date
July 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jayem ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Done this twice now. Great epic singletrack that just goes on and on. One rider likened it to the Colorado Trail. Trail passes through many different zones, ending up in high alpine tundra. Despite being a little longer, I find this to be a fairly easy trail, because there are no steep ups or downs. All the climbs are fairly gradual and nothing that I would rate on the scale of the lung-busters I've done down south. This means that more inexperienced riders can enjoy it, but realize it's still a lot of miles and shoddy bikes or poor fitness can still catch up with anyone. The trail surface is great for the most part. Some rooty sections to keep it interesting, some banked/bermed turns you can rail, some very short rocky sections, it has it all, but none of these to an extreme either. This makes it a well balanced trail route. It's hard to sit here and give it a score based on so many other trails, but the scenery is breathtaking, the surface is very good, the length of singletrack is great, and so on. Don't be fooled by the aerobic or technical ratings, they are low, but the length of the trail makes up for this by a large amount. There's the Devil's Pass cutoff to get you some technical that's more like a "4" if you want that :)

Recommended Route:
Start from Coopers or Hope. Do the entire route, or go halfway and come back. Going to one end and back is a crazy 76 miles or something.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None yet, but I know they are there!



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Review Date
July 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tom Woods ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
From a technical standpoint, I found this trail much easier than I expected it would be on the basis of reviews and books I read. Most of the trail is accurately described as being of "moderate" technical and aerobic difficulty. There are a few sections that are difficult and steep (but not many). The trail is well worn and in constant use by hikers and mountain bikers. Progress along this trail should be quick for most mountain bikers. Our group of three intermediate riders did 25 miles along this trail in four hours. The scenery along this trail is stunning. This was one of my most favorite mountain bike rides of all time anywhere (and it was cloudy and raining). I hope I get to ride this trail again.

Recommended Route:
Probably dosen;t make any difference for most mountain bike riders. We started at Coopers Landing. Changes in elevation are very moderate along most of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Crescent Lake



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Review Date
April 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: dingo , from hope,ak

Summary:
for full suspension mtbs,or those who want speed,go from cooper landing to hope.try devils pass trail to ressurection trail for more challenging climb,and more curse words!devils can be a bit brushy down low,and keeps you pumping.great warm up until you reach the cabin @ devils pass,or the lake are great places to break out a phat bowl or dry off and warm up (it never rains here!psyke!)over half a dozen cabins on this trail make it a great overnighter for a fam or group,(just reserve it first from the forest service).the onlyproblem with doing the trail in this direction is you miss alot of the stunning scenery cuz your haulin ballz down the trail.bears exist,too.alot of the trail the singletrack is like a little ditch or trough,and the sides are banked making the curves really fun.hope was the biggest city in ak at one point during the goldrush,so there was alot mining in the day.be on the lookout for old camps,equipment,trails,gold,etc in the area.please,no open fires on this trailsystem,beetle killed spruce make it high fire danger every year.when you make it to hope ,reward yourself with a cold one on the sundeck at the only bar in hope,the Seaview,where the mouth of ressurection cr. meets the turnagain arm of cook inlet.dont litter.pack it out.theres a reason this is always rated as one of the top 10 mtb trails anywhere,come find out why.

Recommended Route:
cooper landing to hope

Other recommended trails in the same area:
like to mtb tour/camp?ride from hope all the way to seward,ak.great multiday through the heart of the chugach mtns.check your map and your shorts.



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Review Date
July 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John , from Corona del Mar

Summary:
Don't do what we did. We hammered this trail from start to finish to see how fast we could do it (4:25). If that is your thing, go for it, but the trail is so beautiful and the scenery so majestic that it is almost a crime to not soak it all in. We rode this at the end of June 2002, and the trail and the weather were perfect. Short sleves and shorts all the way. The whole 39 miles is bacically singletrack, a few water crossings/muddy stretches thrown in to make it interesting. There was one snow patch just south of Devil's Pass. For me the worst and hardest part of the trail is from about mile 9 until you get above the tree line, because the trail is riddled with tree roots that slow your pace and increase your concentration/mental fatigue. We had two flats near the summit, so don't forget your tubes. We also ran into a big black bear near Swan lake. He ran off when we started making noise. I can't wait to go back and do this in Seven hours instead of 4 1/2 hours.

Recommended Route:
I rode from Hope to Cooper Landing, because most of the reviewers here recommended that. But I have several friends in Alaska who prefer to go from CL to Hope, despite a few steep walking sections. They say the long descent into Hope is worth the steeper climbing. And Cooper Landing is higher elevation than Hope, so you will have a net loss in altitude.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I rode Kincaid a little, and it can be fun to bomb around, but it is not challenging and it is full of traffic (hikers, dogs, kids....). Same with the Coastal trail in Anchorage, which is basically a road ride since the bike path is so nice. Great scenery there too (of course, it's Alaska isn't it?)



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