The best Areas of Anchorage Ak for Bike Riding

If biking is what you live for, then biking in Anchorage will make you feel as if you have died and gone to Heaven and there’s no need to return back to earth. Biking in Anchorage can be done for three of the seasons, summer, fall and spring, and even in winter when the weather allows, which happens time and again. The city Anchorage is very bicycle friendly, indeed, with over 120 paved trails within the city itself, and another 130 outlying trails.

Most of the trails you’ll come across are multi-use trails, so you have to be aware of that and act accordingly. For instance, if you’re riding rather slowly, stay to the right, just like in driving and allow others to pass you. Most people are very friendly, so be respectful of others, regardless of their reasoning for using the trails, regardless of what time of year (most of the trails are open all four seasons), and remember not to take up the entire trail, especially if you’re biking with a group.

Keep in mind that wildlife is a big, big part of Anchorage, and it isn’t odd at all to see moose, bear, beaver, and other assorted animals on or near the trails. Leave them be and they’ll leave you be, but if the moose or bear are tending their newborns, they have been known to become aggressive, so always stay on your guard. If your intuition tells you to take a detour, follow your intuition.

There are specific rules and regulations regarding the trails and these change with the seasons, for instance, some of the trails are used for skiing and so summer rules may not apply to this particular winter sport. Some people do actually mountain bike in the winter when the weather permits, so keep mind of the rules and regulations. Most trails have the rules posted at the beginning of the trails. All the trails are marked with:

*Mile markers

*Viewpoints

*Facilities

*Trailheads

*Parks

If particular trails are hazardous or prone to mudslides, avalanches, or other natural catastrophes, these will also be posted and quite often, you enter at your own risk. Most bicycle stores or bicycle rental facilities have maps of the trails and these maps point out how difficult or easy the trails are and whether they are paved, unpaved, lighted or unlighted. It’s a good idea to keep a map with you at all times, especially if you’re new to the trails.

Here are some great trails for biking in Anchorage and most of these trails are many miles long and will interconnect with other trails.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trails

This trail is considered easy and is fabulous for biking. It’s 11 miles long one way, travels through the city of Anchorage and travels the Anchorage Coastline and ends at Kincaid Park. It is a paved trail and offers up some beautiful, varied scenery. It’s a very popular trail for bikers.

Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail

This trail is also considered easy and is great for the novice biker. It is illuminated with streetlamps at night, so if you’re an evening biker, this is right up your alley. This trail also intersects with the Tony Knowles Coastal Trails at Westchester Lagoon. The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trails parallel Chester Creek (hence its name) from Westchester Lagoon for 4 miles to Goose Lake Park. This is a very scenic trail with views of the Chugach Mountains, several wildlife, bridges, underpasses, and several parks. It also has mile markers every mile.

Campbell Creek Greenbelt Trail – North

This trail parallels Campbell Creek at West Diamond Boulevard. It begins at 54th Avenue and Old Seward Highway Trailhead. It is approximately 10 miles one way (following the postmarks as it turns here and there), and is considered easy. There are some portions that are a bit more difficult, but it is still considered a novice trail. It connects to the Eastern Trailhead of the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail. Campbell Creek Greenbelt Trail North connects to Campbell South. Great view of the Chugach Mountains, forests, ducks, birds, moose, bears, tunnels, and several parks. Wonderful for biking, but there are a few unpaved patches.

Ship Creek Trail

This trail is considered a novice trail, begins downtown Anchorage, stretches 2.6 miles one way and links to Mountain View School. It spans several bridges, weaves in and out of woods, stretches through industrial yards, and storage yards but also offers some beautiful scenery to take in.

Chugach State Park

This park has numerous different trails from easy to very difficult to conquer while biking. Don’t be surprised running into every type of wildlife; at Chugach Park, it’s bound to happen. Trails are marked as to biking, hiking or both. The scenery is absolutely phenomenal! You can fill your day riding for hours and won’t even realize the time has passed, the beauty sucks you right in.

Anchorage is filled with biking trails to the tune of 250 miles. These mentioned above are only some of the more popular biking trails, but you can find many, many more trails by contacting any bicycle store or contacting the Chamber of Commerce http://www.anchoragechamber.org. They are equipped to answer all of your questions and concerns regarding biking in Anchorage.

Whichever trails you decide to ride, you won’t be sorry. Anchorage not only offers some of the greatest biking trails of the world, but also the most fascinating scenery you’ll ever lay eyes on. Here’s another great site to view that gives you the layout of the biking trail system in Anchorage. http://www.muni.org/iceimages/parks/TrailwatchMap.pdf