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WESTCHESTER LAGOON TO KINCAID PARK 18.6 miles round trip out and back on a paved pathway From Westchester Lagoon Mile 0 of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail head west toward the ocean to follow the Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet. This trail is marked by mileposts every half mile and has some moderate to steep grades. Just before mile 9 the trail starts climbing to finish at the Kincaid Chalet. Bring a kite to fly on the grassy slopes or watch a soccer game at the new soccer stadium. Or just bring your lunch and rest up before you make the mostly downhill ride back to Westchester Lagoon. Highlights Breathtaking views of Cook Inlet Fire Island and Sleeping Lady and wildlife sightings such as moose small mammals ducks birds and fish as well as occasional black bears near Kincaid Park. Enjoy stops along the trail such as learning about the geological effects of the 1964 Earthquake at Earthquake Park watch planes come in at Point Woronzof and enjoy many idyllic pull-outs for picnicking. ON A ROAD BIKE ANCHORAGE TO EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER 45 miles round trip paved highway Begin at Bartlett High School and take the bike trail north to Eagle River. This trail parallels the Glen Highway on the west side. Nearing Eagle River use the overpass to turn right onto East Eagle River Loop Road. Where this road intersects with Eagle River Road turn right onto Eagle River Road. Continue along Eagle River Road until you arrive at the Eagle River Nature Center. Highlights This ride is hilly and can be tiring but is beautiful and features stunning views of the Chugach mountain range. The Nature Center has a small snack bar rest area and outside seating. BIRD CREEK TO GIRDWOOD 26 miles round trip paved pathway and road From the Bird Creek Parking Lot milepost 101.5 on the Seward Highway take the bike path east towards Girdwood. The path runs for 13 miles between shore and glacier-covered mountains. Highlights Beluga whale spotting in the inlet and Dall sheep along the rocky southern hillside. Part of this trail uses the old Seward Scenic Highway which features historic interpretive signage. If youre feeling adventurous bike all the way into Girdwood and stop at the Bakeshop for amazing cinnamon rolls or an out-of-this- world old-fashioned malted milkshake. ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE POWERLINE PASS TRAIL Variable distance wide dirt path and old service road This trail can also be accessed from Upper Huffman Trailhead and Prospect Heights Trailhead. From the Glen Alps parking lot head east towards the mountains. Once at the powerline trail turn north to make your way down to Prospect Heights Trailhead and Wolverine Peak Trail or south to head towards Powerline Pass. Highlights Stunning views of the Chugach Mountains Cook Inlet Denali on a clear day and the Talkeetna Mountains. The trail is natural habitat to wildlife such as moose brown and black bears coyotes and Dall sheep. The valley just east of the powerline trail is a popular hangout for rutting moose in the fall. This is also a popular area for paragliders. Check out more great singletrack rides on pages 20-21. ON A ROAD BIKE ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE JoniWilm 17