Monday, December 3, 2012

Middle Fork Special-Use Permits

From Chugach State Park:

Fat Tire Winter Bikers,

Greetings from Chugach State Park. We have already started another winter of recreational activities and the following information clarifies where you can legally ride this winter.

As always the following trails are open year round by state regulation to biking:

11 AAC 20.050. Bicycles

(a) Except as provided in (b) of this section, the use of bicycles in Chugach State Park is allowed only in campgrounds, picnic areas, and in the following areas:

(1) Eklutna Lakeside Trail; (2) the gasline service road from Prospect Heights Trailhead to Indian Trailhead; (3) the Glen Alps Trail Head to Powerline Trail on the designated trail; (4) Bird Creek logging trails south of the Quartz Creek ford; (5) Peters Creek road from Malcom Drive to the state park motorized vehicle barrier; (6) Powerline Trail, including the access trail from the Prospect Heights Trailhead to the Powerline Trail; (7) Wolverine Bowl Trail from the Prospect Heights Trailhead to the overlook at the north end of the homestead roadbed; (8) Middle Fork Loop Trail from the intersection of the Near Point Trail to the south end of the homestead roadbed; (9) the 1D9 trail in the Eagle River Greenbelt; (10) a trail or area that is open to the use of snowmobiles under 11 AAC 20.040; (11) the South Fork Rim Trail, the Silver Fern Trail, the White Spruce Trail, and the Llama Trail of the Hillside Trail System; (12) the paved pathway along Turnagain Arm, from Indian Creek to the state park boundary at Girdwood. (b) The director may, by order, close a trail or area listed in (a) of this section to the use of bicycles to protect soils or vegetation; to reduce or eliminate user conflicts; or to further management of Chugach State Park. Closures under this section shall be posted at entrances to the affected trail or area.

This season (2012-13) the park will be issuing Special Use Permits that will enable winter fat tire bikers to ride on the Middle Fork Trail. The time permitted Fat Tire Bikes will be allowed on the Middle Fork trail will be December 1st to April 1st. The purpose of the special use permit is to allow for the park to try out new recreational activities in different areas and judge their impact on the resources.

To obtain a permit for the Middle Fork Trail you must email Include your name, address, and a good contact email. Within 4 business days, we will email you a permit that you need to affix to your bike so that it is visible and you are good to ride.

To distinguish between regular mountain bikes we have created a working definition for Fat Tire Bikes as follows. A Fat Tire Bike is defined as a self-propelled bicycle created for cycling on soft, unstable surfaces. The tire width is 3.5” or greater and tire pressure is less than 20 pounds per square inch ground pressure.

We ask that all winter riders observe permit requirements and park regulations.

Ride Safe,

Chugach State Park

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Kincaid Map!

Thanks to the folks at the Municipality of Anchorage, we have a new map of the Kincaid singletrack network, and it's suitable for printing and carrying with you on the trail. Click on the image above, or in our "Printable Documents" section in the upper-right corner of this page.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

National Public Lands Day Trail Work

Two Trail Work Parties to Choose From!
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Saturday, September 29th
8:30 a.m.
Two Locations to Choose From:

Hillside STA Trails
Meet in the Hilltop Ski Area overflow parking lot near the ski jump.  
Please DO NOT park on the road.
Pizza party immediately following at 12:30 at the Campbell Creek Science Center.
We will clear trees, fix drainage and repair tread damage from the recent storms.

Kincaid STA Trails
Meet at Kincaid in the lower parking near the scoreboard.
We will hand finish a new rerouted section of Mighty Bike.

Come on out to our last work party of the season!
Please bring water, a snack and work gloves. Bring trail tools (loppers or pruning sheers, McLeods, Pulaskis) if you have them.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The new Kincaid map is ready!

This new map can be printed and carried
when you're on the trail, and will be kept
in our "Printable Documents" section in the
upper-right corner of this page for
easy access when you need a fresh copy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kincaid Signs

The riding season is off to a busy start. With all the traffic on the new Kincaid singletracks, we've decided to make Bolling Alley (see map) one-way. The riding direction will depend on the date, so please check your calendar before riding.

Pretty straight-forward to remember: odd-numbered days go counter-clockwise; even days go clockwise.
About 95% of the signs are installed. Here's a sample:

You'll still want to keep an eye out for the moose. They can approach from any direction.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Moose Dangers at Kincaid

In case you haven't heard, this Memorial Day weekend saw a few bad encounters between mountain bikers and momma moose in Kincaid Park. Alaska Dispatch has an account here.

Because of the nature of the new singletracks, it's pretty easy to come upon a moose around a blind corner or over a rise. Now that it's moose calving season, the cows have become very territorial and protective of their calves. If you come across them, assume the cow will attack!

We recommend using great caution when riding on the singletrack trails. Better yet, choose the wider ski trails until the moose calves are strong enough to be more mobile. According to Fish & Wildlife biologist, Jessy Coltrane, the period between late May and June 15 is the most critical for young moose and the most dangerous for people recreating near them. That said, moose can still be a threat after June 15, so you should always exercise caution.

You can find more information on wildlife behavior by visiting the Alaska Fish and Game website. Ride safely.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

National Trails Day This Saturday!

Hey Gang! It's that time of year!

Please join Singletrack Advocates for a:


Saturday, June 2nd
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Two locations to choose from:

Hillside STA Trails:
Meet in the Hilltop Ski Area overflow parking lot near the ski jump.  
Please DO NOT park on the road.

Kincaid STA Trails:
Meet in the Stadium parking lot near the scoreboard

Items to Bring:

Bug Dope
Water and Snack
McLeods, Shovels, Rakes, Loppers, Pruners
Your friends!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kincaid Singletrack Project Report

Singletrack Advocates and Alaska Trails are pleased to provide this project report. Thanks to $102,000 raised by private contributors and $103,500 earned through grants we were able to finish 9 miles of singletrack trails in Kincaid Park.

Construction began on July 15, 2011, and ended on October 9, 2011. Happy Trails LLC was the trail designer and contractor. Singletrack Advocates partnered with Ptarmigan Ptrails which provided safety training, trail building instruction and volunteer work crew supervision. Hand tools were loaned by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and rented from Alaska Trails. The Municipality of Anchorage’s Youth Employment in Parks program, the Student Conservation Assistance program and 244 volunteers provided the hand finish work. Some work nights saw more than 45 volunteers turn out to help build the trails. Volunteers contributed a total of 2,170 hours to the project, a value of $45,234.

Sign posts were installed at all trail intersections by Ptarmigan Ptrails and the educational signage was installed by Kris Heck as an Eagle Scout project. The trails were opened immediately and they received rave reviews for their design and “fun factor.”

Tasks remaining to be accomplished include the construction and installation of two trailhead kiosks which will contain a trail map, legend and trail etiquette for summer and winter use.

Singletrack Advocates is exploring the addition of connector loops and bypasses which will improve the flow and safety of the trails and traffic patterns. Other items on the wish list include a pump trail and constructed features which will help to improve the mountain bikers’ skill levels. A possible phase II of this project is being explored.

The Kincaid Singletrack Project is an example of a multilevel government, public and private grassroots partnership that brought a valuable recreational resource to Alaska. We are tremendously grateful for the overwhelming public support that made this project possible.

Singletrack Advocates wishes to thank the following for their contributions to the project:
  • Alaska Trails
  • Anchorage Park Foundation
  • Alaska State Parks Recreational Trails Program
  • Happy Trails, LLC
  • National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
  • Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage
  • Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic
  • ConocoPhillips
  • REI, Inc.
  • Mighty Bikes
  • Continental Auto Group
  • Slana Surveys
  • Paramount Cycles
  • Chain Reaction Cycles
  • Alaska Dirt Divas,
  • Arctic Bicycle Club Mountain Racing Division;
  • Kris Heck, Eagle Scout Candidate
  • The hundreds of individual contributors and volunteers who broke trail for this project.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Kincaid Singletrack Map!

For several months, we've had a map of the new Kincaid trail network available in the upper-right corner of this page under "Printable Documents." That map was done before the trail alignment was final, so we're sharing the preliminary form of this new, more accurate map to guide you on the trails.

You can click on the map above if you would like to print out a low-resolution copy. If you prefer the original map, it will still be available in our printable documents section. Print one out and enjoy the trails!