Trails of Anchorage

Anchorage has some great summer rides, including classic paved trails like the Coastal Trail and a growing network of singletrack mountain bike trails at Kincaid Park. If you are new to town the best way to get acquainted with the local landscape is to stop in to any of our stores to get a free Anchorage bike trail map, which shows all of the paved routes and trails around town including bike lanes and bike paths. We’ve collected some additional resources to help you find the best trails in town, including some new digital resources to navigate the mountain bike trails around town.

The main paved bike trails in town are the Coastal Trail, Chester Creek Trail, Campbell Creek Trail, and the Ship Creek Trail as well as the Glenn Highway Bike Trail between Anchorage and Eagle River.

Mountain bike trails can be found at Kincaid Park and in east Anchorage, where the Hillside trails connect the Campbell Tract, Far North Bicentennial Park, and Chugach State Park. Singletrack Advocates is a local organization responsible for building, maintaining, and advocating for mountain bike trails in town. A new trail system was recently completed at Mirror Lake, near Chugiak, and more trails can be found in south-central Alaska near Wasilla and Palmer, as well as on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Bicycle Shop on Northern Lights is hosting regular weekly rides on Sunday mornings and Monday nights.

 

“Easy Like Sunday Morning” Coffee Ride

Meeting place: The Bicycle Shop, Northern Lights

When: 9-11AM, Sunday morning

Ride: about 5 miles, mostly Chester Creek and Coastal Trail with a long coffee break

We meet at the Northen Lights shop at 9AM for our “Easy Like Sunday Morning” rides which are slow speed rides along paved bike trails to a coffee shop in downtown Anchorage.

 

Monday Night MTB Ride

Meeting place: The Bicycle Shop, Northern Lights (second meeting at trail head)

When: Monday night 7:15PM to ride to the trails, 8:15PM at the trailhead

Our Monday night mountain bike rides leave the Northern Lights shop at 7:15PM and regroup at the one of the trail networks at 8:15PM for riders who wish to drive to the trailhead or are coming from another part of town. We typically ride for about 1.5-2 hours before returning to the trailhead. We ride back to midtown via bike paths, enjoying the setting sun at a late hour. Typically, we meet at the Jodphur Trailhead at Kincaid or the Smokejumper Trailhead off Elmore Road.

Other resources: 

Anchorage Bike Map (PDF)

Kincaid MTB Singletrack Map (PDF)

Find Yourself in Kincaid Park (iOS App, Android App)

Singletrack Advocates, Anchorage mountain bike organization

Trailforks.com