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
- 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.