Best Road Biking in Alaska
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01 :59 hrs
Considered to be one of the most scenic coastal trails in the entire country, the Tony Knowles Trail is sure to deliver an enjoyable outdoor experience. Scenery from the trail includes views of downtown Anchorage, Mount McKinley, and beluga whales out in the bay. The trail travels through lots of heavily forested terrain in the southern portion where a wide variety of wildlife can be seen. The paved pathway also connects to other trails in the Anchorage area for more riding options. The bike path becomes a popular cross-country ski destination in the winter and is a portion of the Tour de Anchorage cross-country ski marathon.
Alaska, Denali County
02 :42 hrs
Denali National Park is Alaska's most popular land attraction and offers some of the most stunning scenery you will see anywhere. The park road from the entrance to Savage River is paved and provides an excellent road biking adventure in the park. The first 9 miles are a steady climb with a very gradual descent after that towards the river. After Savage River the roadway is no longer paved but still provides some nice riding. The roadway can be busy with vehicles and shuttles during the summer so riders will want to use extreme caution. Riders can also use the shuttle to travel into the park and then ride out but each shuttle is restricted to just a few bikes at a time.
01 :20 hrs
This loop ride starts at Anne's Greenhouse and Follows Sheep Creek Road, Ballaine Road, and Yankovich Road to complete a scenic loop in the outskirts of Fairbanks, just north of the University. The scenery includes some residential development mixed in among forest terrain. There are some small climbs and descents to add some challenge but watch out for possible traffic along the narrow two-lane roads.
00 :41 hrs
This scenic paved trail follows Campbell Creek through residential Anchorage for many miles, providing bikers with a wide variety of trip options in the suburban area. The North trail starts on Tudor Road just south of the University and heads southwest through the greenbelt to its end at Bancroft Park just east of the New Seward Highway. The trail can be accessed from multiple spots and connects to other paved and dirt trails along the way. An additional section of trail starts again on the west side of Old Seward Highway which also offers a fun and scenic ride.
Alaska, Juneau County
01 :24 hrs
This scenic ride starts from Auke Lake and follows Mendenhall Loop Road and Montana Creek Road to two different points on Lake Mendenhall where riders will enjoy awesome views of the lake, river, and glacier. The ride has lots of small ups and downs but no major climbs. There is a visitor center and lots of short hiking trails at the end of Mendenhall Loop Road making it a great place to stop, rest, and enjoy the scenery. The ride does follow two-lane highway that has traffic so be sure to pay attention to cars when riding.
Alaska, Valdez-Cordova County
04 :01 hrs
This scenic ride follows the paved section of the Denali Highway from Paxon to the Tangle Lakes Area. The highway passes through very remote wilderness area showcasing the surrounding mountain ranges and multiple lakes. The roadway is narrow and does have some small climbs and descents. The highway continues past Tangle Lakes for riders looking to add more mileage but it is gravel. There is camping and services at Tangle Lakes during the summer months.
00 :48 hrs
This scenic paved trail follows Campbell Creek through residential Anchorage for many miles, providing bikers with a wide variety of trip options in the suburban area. The South covers 4 miles between the Old Seward Highway and Diamond Blvd. The trail can be accessed from multiple spots and connects to multiple parks along the way. An additional section of trail starts again on the east side of Old Seward Highway which also offers a fun and scenic ride.
00 :33 hrs
This paved pathway in northern Anchorage follows Ship Creek for almost 3 miles providing riders with excellent views of downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountain. The trail passes through lots of wooded terrain providing good opportunity for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. The trail is mostly level but does pass through some tunnels and over a few bridges.
00 :45 hrs
This paved multi-use trail runs through a greenbelt of suburban Anchorage and offers some nice scenery and a peaceful setting. The trail is flat and and wide and can be used year-round for all types of recreational activity. The trail also connects to some nice parks and points of interest in the area. Users of the trail may also encounter some wildlife in the wooded terrain that abuts much of the trail. The trail is maintained in the winter for cross-country skiing.
Alaska, Fairbanks North Star County
01 :07 hrs
This ride starts just off Highway 3 west of Fairbanks and follows both Cripple Creek Road and Isberg Road for a scenic and enjoyable ride through a very wooded rural area. There are some small ups and downs but no major climbs that make the ride too strenuous. The ride can easily be shortened by riding just one of the two roads. Cripple Creek Road is paved but turns into dirt marking the turnaround point.
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