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Bicyclists in Fairbanks use the paved paths from the University of Alaska campus around Farmers Loop to the Steese Highway. Another path follows Geist and Chena Pump roads into downtown Fairbanks. Be warned that many of the trails are in rough shape and suffer from lack of maintenance. A shorter, less strenuous route is the bike path between downtown and Pioneer Park along the south side of the Chena River. Maps showing all the bike paths are available at the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mountain bikers can test their skills in summer on the ski trails of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Birch Hill Recreation Area or on many of the trails and dirt roads around Fairbanks.
Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Stop by the center for mountain-biking information. 101 Dunkel St., #110, Fairbanks, AK, 99701. 907/459–3730. www.alaskacenters.gov.