Kincaid Park – mountain biking Anchorage

The purpose-built mountain bike trails of Kincaid Park in Anchorage are some of  the best in Alaska!  I truly think these trails are one of the best parts of Anchorage.  With 16 miles of trails, there are plenty of options for great loops, out-n-back rides, cross country, or freeride . . . and any combination of those!  These trails built by STA are what started the insane growth of Alaska biking and remain some of the best around!  STA maintains the trails and did a massive improvement in summer 2020 to add more and better freeride features!

The south side of Raspberry Road is home to the original 9 miles of trail and is fast and flowy riding.  Bolling Alley is one of the best trails and is one-way, alternating on odd and even days.  My favorite loop is to start at Jodhpur Parking lot and ride out Sandbox – C$ Express – Lee’s Train – QFB – Good Greef – Mighty Bike – Bolling Alley – Tower Power – Kitchen Sink.  This ride is super fun and flowy, has some freeride on Lee’s Train and Good Greef, and is easily done in under an hour!

(photo: Dan Bailey)

 

Mountain Biking on “Toilet Bowl” trial, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. (photo: Dan Bailey)

 

The Kitchen Sink . . . literally 🙂 (photo: Josh McKennett)

 

Jill Simek and the amazing Cook Inlet!

 

Jamie Stull mountain biking on “Bolling Alley/Toilet Bowl” trail at Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. (photo: Dan Bailey)

Jamie Stull mountain biking on “Bolling Alley/Toilet Bowl” trail at Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. (photo: Dan Bailey)

North of Raspberry Road is another 7 miles of trail accessed primarily by Middle Earth with some hot loops off of the main vein.  If you park at Raspberry and head out, the first loop you’ll come to is Hanging Chad.  It’s short and fun and a good entry that connects back smoothly to Middle Earth.  Next is Evolution, which is a little shorter, but still fun!  Continue on and find the right turn to Old School which takes you to Candy Mountain – this is the most fun loop in my opinion and worth finding!  Reconnect to Old School back to Middle Earth and carry on westward!  Second breakfast is a more freeride option that comes next, running parallel to Middle Earth and a jumpier option if that’s your jam!  The last option is Northwest Passage, which also parallels Middle Earth or can be lapped using Middle Earth to come back around!

Josh Chelf mountain biking on “Northwest Passage” trial, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. (photo: Dan Bailey)

 

Ryan Greef mountain biking on “Middle Earth” trail, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. (photo: Dan Bailey)

 

Max Kehm showing us how it’s done on 2nd Breakfast

 

NW Passage doesn’t disappoint!  Rider: Corey Bellinger (photo: Trav N’osev)

Again, a more freeride option.  Once you hit the Coastal Trail, you can turn left and ride it back to the stadium parking area to access Mighty Bike and complete a loop back to Raspberry (via Mighty Bike – Bolling Alley – Tower Power – Change of Pace), or turn around and ride Middle Earth back to the lot!  Personally, I recommend the loop (even though climbing on the paved coastal trail isn’t the most fun thing to do on a mountain bike!  This whole loop can be done in around 1.5 hours or more if you ride laps on all the freeride loops off of Middle Earth!  My ridelog for the loop may be helpful if it’s your first time!

If you’re new to Kincaid, Trailforks will be a godsend!!!!

Inspired to ride more around Alaska?  Check out the full Alaska biking guide!

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