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Middle Earth

Intermediate
 4.6 (9)

The heart of the north side Kincaid trails.


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Map Key

3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Singletrack

266' 81 m

High

39' 12 m

Low

195' 59 m

Up

365' 111 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

Middle Earth can be ridden in either direction, connecting the Raspberry Parking Area with the Coast Trail.

From Raspberry, the route rolls up at an easy incline to Hanging Chad. Bank hard left here to continue on Middle Earth. Pass the exit for the optional line and start climbing to the top of Evolution. It's steady but not overly difficult. For a little flow/gravity fix, loop Evolution back to Middle Earth from here.

From here, a pedaling transition takes you into rougher singletrack with some minor roots. Bear left at Old School to stay on the route or opt in for the most difficult optional line, Candy Mountain.

Continuing on Middle Earth takes you across a really wide ski intersection. Stay straight to dive into some giant woody shrubs connecting to another road crossing.

Take the left option and drop into the trees (the right option is Second Breakfast). Stay left again and flow through a lush, dense stand of trees that opens up into big turns through a meadow.

Another ski crossing takes you into pine forest and more rooty trail. There are a few really short punchy climbs before reaching another major ski trail intersection.

Head straight across, crossing a short bridge and start climbing consistently. The trail briefly touches a fenceline before topping out at Northwest Passage.

The last descent is a long fun, swoopy section of trail that has amazing views. Once you hit the bottom stay left to roll out on flat terrain to the Coastal Trail.

From here you can turn around and ride Middle Earth the opposite direction or cruise back on the Coastal Trail through the Kincaid Park chalet parking area to the Raspberry parking area.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 9 votes

#2

in Kincaid Park

#4322

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in Alaska

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Middle Earth is fun every inch of the way.
Jun 5, 2014 near Anchorage, AK
Kincaid preview.
Jun 2, 2016 near Anchorage, AK
Old Olympic Kincaid Park sign.
Aug 7, 2016 near Anchorage, AK

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May 31, 2020
Chris Gapinski
First MTB ride. 3.7mi
Jun 13, 2019
David Brink
next time, park at the bottom and ride up. take a break, and take the whole thing down to enjoy the ride. 3mi
Aug 30, 2018
Kevin Rangel
May 30, 2018
Caleb M
Feb 2, 2018
Andy Mac
rode in the fat bike, good winter trail
Aug 6, 2017
Marika Bader
May 1, 2016
swonnie wonnie
May 12, 2015
L. Von Dommelheimer