Plenty of Dirt Pedaling Fun

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Kincaid Park is host to a network of roller coaster-like singletrack trails like the QFB Trail that bend and dip through lush forest. Always be on the lookout for moose! Photo by Ryan Greef

Looking for some mountain bike fun within city limits? Anchorage is host to close to 30 miles of great trails for singletrack riding for beginners on up.

On MTBProject.com, a partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), mountain bikers note this about Anchorage: “From the ultimate beginner experience on the Campbell Tract, to cross-country flow at Hillside Park, to some new-school gravity at Kincaid Park, Anchorage has one of the best and most diverse municipal trails networks in the U.S.”

Campbell Tract: Flat singletrack and doubletrack trails, great for beginner mountain bikers and families. Access the trail system from the Smoke Jumper Trailhead just off Elmore Road.

Hillside Park: This fun, flowy network of trails
has lots of climbing and descending. Access trails from the Hilltop Ski Area or Prospect Heights parking area.

Kincaid Park: Trails are rockier and rootier with some fun climbs, serving up challenges for more intermediate riders.

MTBProject.com is a go-to resource for mountain bike trail info and directions on how to get to the best trails.

Who is Building Trails?

Singletrack Advocates (STA) is a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, maintain and create natural trails in the greater Anchorage area. Since its creation in 2004, STA has completed a number of great projects, including:

The Brown Bear Project (2004): One mile of singletrack laboriously tooled by hand as a demonstration project.

Hillside Singletrack Trail System (2008): This 8-mile system won an award in 2011 from the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

Kincaid Park (2011):
A 9-mile singletrack trail system on the south side of the park.

Kincaid Park (2013 & 2014): 8 miles of singletrack on the north side of the park.

A variety of groups recreate and compete on the STA trails year round, including mountain bikers (Dirt Divas, Mighty Bikes, cyclocross and mountain bike races), snow bikers, runners (Tuesday night races), snowshoers, skiers and hikers.

Join the cause and help build more trails! Learn more at SingletrackAdvocates.org.