Middle Fork and Powerline Loop Trail

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Chugach State Park

Middle Fork and Powerline Loop Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

Length8.7 miElevation gain1538 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
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Eric Oba
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HikingSnow

Trail is nicely packed snow, very little icy spot. Only a short section near the Williwaw trail where the wind blown snow made it difficult to see trail (it was my first time here). As long as you stay on the packed trail you can avoid any postholing.

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Loisi Vailea
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HikingSnow

Recommend snowshoes. We made it without, but we post-holed at least a third of the way.

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Claudia Thomas
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Hiking

Great! Easy grade going up when going clockwise. A little muddy. Lots of moose tracks and saw a bull once in the grass.

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Stephanie Wade
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Hiking

Great trail with spectacular views of surrounding mountains full of fall colors.

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Ian Corbell
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Kyla Kosednar
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! Dry and scenic. Was actually 8.2 miles for us. Took 3 hours and 15 minutes.

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K C
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Conditions are not great... I forced it bc I was told to hike it for a training regimen. Real muddy, used pre made post holes, had to hike on the grassy sides to avoid mud and running water. If you do it make sure your boots are waterproof and you have gaiters on.

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907 Camy
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Hiking

Packed snow on the trail, no post holing today!

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Lucky Lipping
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Hiking

This trail is definitely on the difficult side of moderate this month. Snow was knee deep at some points. I would definitely recommend packing in snow shoes in case you need them. A little slushy on some of the slopes which made it difficult to maneuver but I did manage complete the entire trail without cleats or yak traks... low level skiers would probably be okay on this trail, but I would not recommend it to inexperienced hikers at this time. Stay safe out there!!!

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Louise Fode
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I only recorded half this ski because I forgot to start my timer. We skiied from Glen Alps to Campbell Creek Science Center. the Middle Fort Trail had awesome snow. cover was a little bare in the canyon area around Campbell Creek and I found this to be difficult to ski. Had to share the trail with fat tire bikers in Campbell Creek Science Center so it was a little torn up.

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Loisi Vailea
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Trail is pretty decent. Parts near Powerline Pass and O’Malley trail junction had little snow, some ice, and patches of mud. The boardwalks are pretty slick because of the ice. However there wasn’t enough snow and ice for micro spikes. Definitely bring them though! Who knows what the trail conditions will be in two days!

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Fred Bennekom
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Hiking

I rate this a 3 because half of it is a 5 and half a 1. I started at Glen Alps Trailhead and went counter clockwise. It’s beautiful from the start at the base of the mountains, hiking through the tall grass, crossing the stream, etc. I was going to turn back at about “2 o’clock” on the map - and I wish I had. The 2nd half was more “industrial” hiking. Few views to speak of and not particularly nice settings especially after the first half of the hike. Had I followed my own advice, I’d give this a 5. A good turnaround point is about a half mile beyond the signpost for Williwaw Lakes trail.

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Lindsay Kucera
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Candi White
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Awesome running trail but have to hit the seasons right. Lower parts of trail can be boggy in Spring/Summer.

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Marge White
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Strenuous uphill, very beautiful and nice trail.

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Patty McLoughlin
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Jason Hodges
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Loisi Vailea
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Marie Meihls
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Elizabeth Moreno
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Anna S
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Lisa Schuette
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Ian Corbell
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Alaina Boudreau
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Karriann Crowell
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