Situated on the picturesque western shores of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage's sprawling Kincaid Park has become synonymous with outdoor adventure. With its hilly terrain sculpted naturally against the backdrop of the Inlet, this 1500-acre wonder is a testament to nature's raw beauty and human ingenuity combined.
Referred to as 'the roller coaster' by locals, Kincaid Park offers a biking experience that feels like a never-ending play between ascents and descents. While primarily known for its x-country skiing legacy since the 70s, the park's biking trails have garnered their own reputation, thanks to features like:
While the trails promise an adrenaline-packed experience, one unique element adds to the thrill: moose sightings. The park's dense forestry is home to a substantial moose population, making encounters almost a given. Here's what riders had to say:
On the note of moose, caution is advised, especially during summer when they're most active. There are instances of riders having close encounters, sometimes leading to injuries, like one unfortunate cyclist who collided with a Bull Moose.
Riders looking for new challenges can rejoice, as Kincaid Park is gearing up to add 6 more miles of MTB trails, as reported by Seattle Times.
Reaching Kincaid Park is relatively straightforward. From Anchorage, move south on Minnesota Dr and take the Raspberry exit westwards. After 3.5 miles, you'll arrive at the main parking lot and trailheads. Alternatively, opt for the scenic, paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail stretching 10 miles from Anchorage, culminating at the same parking space.
Kincaid Park promises a biking experience that's exhilarating, diverse, and sometimes wild (thanks to our moose friends). Whether you're seeking a short, flowy ride or challenging ascents and descents, it's an Alaskan gem waiting to be explored.