Powerline Trail to Southfork Rim Trail

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Chugach State Park

Powerline Trail to Southfork Rim Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length3.9 miElevation gain692 ftRoute typeLoop
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Mike Hanks
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Rut Monthathong
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Hank Jamieson
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This is a fairly easy trail with beautiful panoramic views to the east. We went out on South Fork Rim trail (2.5 miles) and came back on Powerline (1.5 miles). The trail was mostly packed snow with some powdery sections on the final stretch of South Fork Rim section.

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David P
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Trial was in good condition. When you follow the suggested loop the shady part starts about 1.3 miles in and the trail narrows when you leave the power line trail. There are a couple of benches overlooking some great scenery of the valley towards the right at the 3 mile mark. The last part that uses the golden grass trail is overgrown and fun to walk through. Watch out for cyclists using the trial

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Sam Beatty
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Ok trail but very very muddy even on a reactively dry week. New mountain bike trail follows the one listed and is very nice so I followed it a good distance even though I try to avoid them while hiking. The depicted trail is almost non-navigable in many areas.

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Michael Kendall
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Power line is very icy!

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Louise Fode
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Cross-country skiingSnow

Night ski out and back. Snow was amazing! The new South Fork Rim trail was fun with a lot of S turns. Careful on those blind corners but the grade wasn't too steep.

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sharlee haas
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HikingMuddy

Hiked in light drizzle with three dogs. Mountain biking portion of trail was definitely muddy. Pretty views despite cloud cover. Weather probably kept trail nice and open.

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Cindy Porter
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Hiking

Moderate for sure. Would be super fun for those that like ski run trails. Lots of switchbacks and banked turns. Parts of the trail had exposed roots that were pretty rough going. We were mountain biking not hiking.

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Bonnie Moeller
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This hike is great - lots of payoff for little work. I would suggest hiking straight up Power Line and then looping back on the South Fork Rim trail. There’s bikers in this section of the trails quite often, so be cautious. Not overly crowded though and easy to share the trails. If you take Power Line up, you get all of the elevation out of the way and have great views meandering back down on South Fork Rim. Very few bugs in August and the trails were very nicely maintained.

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Athenia Large
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Hiking

I enjoyed the hike, but it looks like it’s been well groomed for mountain biking, and would be more fun with a fat bike.

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Sarah Luna
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike to do on a sunny winter day. We parked at the Prospect Heights Trailhead and walked on Powerline Pass and did the South Fork Loop. There were some rolling hills, but the incline was gentle to moderate the entire time. We were rewarded with panoramic views of Anchorage as we walked back down. This is a great hike to take visiting family on. Ice spikes were nice to have, but I think microspikes would have been sufficient as well. The description says 3.8 miles, but we only did 2.5 miles.

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Josh McGloghlon
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Love this trail all year round! So much to do and see.

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Irene York
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Katie Peck
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Adam Gagne
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David P
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Jamie Lytton
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David Todd
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Charles Brasch
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JJ Fernandez
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Sean Carey
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Valerie Johnson
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Jacob Hale
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Joseph steger
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Mark Stevens
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Steven Whaley
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K L
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