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Johnson Pass Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (10)

A great through-trail through classic Kenai Peninsula singletrack.


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Map Key

23.7

Miles

38.2

KM

Singletrack

1,517' 462 m

High

518' 158 m

Low

2,094' 638 m

Up

2,247' 685 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

Riding this trail north to south is most popular; however, there are fun descents on both ends of the trail. The north and south trailheads are 30 miles apart on the Seward Highway for shuttling cars.

By mid or late June, the trail is usually overgrown and becomes a little less fun. Downed trees across the trail and numerous shallow water crossings are often present in early or mid June. Trail tread is mostly fast and flowy, but there are plenty of shorter sections of rock and root gardens. Unlike Resurrection Pass, Devil's Pass, or Lost Lake, riding above treeline is limited to a mile or two at the pass. Two lakes at the pass provide an opportunity to cool off and have lunch.

Contacts

Shared By:

Owen Means with improvements by Willie Merrill

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 10 votes

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#772

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#772

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Early on the Johnson Pass Trail headed south.
Aug 7, 2016 near Girdwood, AK
Biking along summit lake on the Johnson Pass Trail.
Aug 7, 2016 near Girdwood, AK
Johnson Pass Trail North.
Jun 13, 2016 near Girdwood, AK

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Jun 19, 2020
Robbie K
Trail is starting to get overgrown. Stream crossings are low with two exceptions at the pass requiring a jump and passing bikes across. — 6h 00m
Jun 22, 2019
Caelen Walker
Nearly grown over — 5h 23m
Jul 1, 2018
Kelley Harper
Much more technical than anticipated. Definitely a lot harder than the Crescent Lake trail. Pretty overgrown in a lot of spots. 14mi
Jul 2, 2017
James Chavez
Muddy. Just about overgrown. If considering going I wouldn't wait much longer than now. 21.2mi
Jun 17, 2017
Makenzie Jorgensen
24mi
Jun 26, 2016
Alan Solow
Cows Parsnip was prevalent. Great ride
Jun 30, 2015
carey ballard