The Dome/Knoya Peak is a popular trail system among mountain biking enthusiasts and professionals in Alaska. The multi-use rail system has so much to offer for fun rides and training.
The Dome/ Knoya Peak is a trail system on JBER military land. The Knoya Peak is a prominent peak going up to 4600ft above sea level. You can easily spot the peak on the Chugach front-range skyline. Besides mountain biking, the trail is a popular venue for hikers. However, since it is rated an intermediate/difficult trail, you will hardly encounter people on it. It is a worthwhile challenge if you need the most technical mountain biking singletrack in Anchorage.
Mountain biking the Dome/ Knoya Peak is a fun and thrilling experience that any biker with advanced skills should try. We don’t recommend the trail system for beginners or inexperienced riders as it is highly technical. It has multiple sections of steep climbs and a few long, steady climbs.
Begin your ride from the trailhead at North Bivouc. Ride past the powerline trail intersection and the poles that indicate government land. You will need a recreation permit to access the area. The trail starts on the left, ¼ miles past the creek bridge ahead. You will not see a sign, but you will notice it is a frequently traveled trail.
Once you get on the trail, be ready to do a long steady climb and a couple of steep climbs until you get to the junction where it intersects with the multi-use hiking trail. You will have to dismount your bike and walk it until you get to the bottom of the dome.
You can go up the dome and follow the ridgeline up to Knoya Peak for spectacular views of the city. Although pushing the bike up the peak may be too tasking, the views are worth every push.
You will get a beautiful view of the entire Anchorage city at Dome’s base and the ridgeline up to Knoya Peak.
Depending on the season you go, you may come by a tarn after Dome. In dry seasons it is just a few puddles of water.