Bicycling in Anchorage
Anchorage has more than 120 miles of paved bicycle trails, and many streets have marked bike lanes. Although busy during the day, Downtown streets are uncrowded and safe for cyclists in the evening.
Alaskabike. Serious gearheads can book multiday touring packages through this company to explore South Central, the Interior, and nearby scenic highways. Another option is the all-inclusive multi-sport tour, which features biking, hiking, sea kayaking and a glacier cruise. 3900 B Woronzof Dr., Anchorage, AK, 99517. 907/245–2175 or 866/683–2453. www.alaskabike.com.
Alaska Pablo's Bicycle Rentals. Near the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, this shop has rental rates beginning at $7 per hour. Discounts are available for groups of five or more. 501 L St., Downtown, Anchorage, AK, 99501. 907/250–2871. www.pablobicyclerentals.com. Daily 8–8.
Arctic Bicycle Club. This nonprofit bicycling club organizes races and rides. Anchorage, AK. 907/566–0177. www.arcticbike.org.
Downtown Bicycle Rental. With an inventory of more than 100 bikes of all types, Downtown Bicycle Rental also rents trailers, clip-in pedals and shoes. The minimum rental rate is $16 for three hours, which includes free lock, helmet, panniers, and trail map. Located five blocks from the Coastal Trail, the company offers combo hike-and-bike trips that include a shuttle van ride to the Flattop trailhead. Winter tourists can rent bikes with studded tires by prior arrangement. 333 W. 4th Ave., Downtown, Anchorage, AK, 99501. 907/279–5293. www.alaska-bike-rentals.com. May–Aug., daily 8–10 pm; Sept. daily 9–8; Oct. daily 10–7; Nov.–Apr. by appointment.
Kincaid Park. At the far west end of Raspberry Road in South Anchorage the 60 km (43 miles) of trails at Kincaid Park wind through 1,400 acres of mixed spruce and birch forest. Mountain bikers will find easy-to-moderate riding along with some challenging hills. Be advised that Kincaid Park is home to a sizable moose population, as well as the occasional bear, so stay alert at all times. Considered one of the best places for Nordic skiing in the United States, the park remains popular throughout the year. The Kincaid Outdoor Center—locally called Kincaid Chalet—is available for a fee for social functions such as weddings, receptions, and meetings. The park also has a climbing wall and a batting cage. 9401 W. Raspberry Rd., West Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, 99502. 907/343–6397.
Lifetime Adventures. Just 30 miles north of Anchorage, Lifetime Adventures operates out of the state park campground at Eklutna Lake. Lifetime rents bikes, trailers, and kayaks. You can take the popular Paddle & Pedal package in which you paddle in one direction and pedal your way back. Anchorage, AK. 800/952–8624 or 907/746–4644. www.lifetimeadventures.net.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Bike trails in Anchorage are used by runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, skiers and walkers. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins Downtown off 2nd Avenue and is also easily accessible from Westchester Lagoon near the west end of 15th Avenue. The trail runs from the lagoon for 2 miles to Earthquake Park and then continues an additional 7 miles to Kincaid Park, where several unpaved trails provide for more adventurous biking and hiking. Those who prefer the off-road experience should pick up a copy of Mountain Bike Anchorage by Rosemary Austin. Anchorage, AK. anchoragecoastaltrail.com.
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