Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +511/ -383 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Beach Lake Trails

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#33 of 63 mountain bike trails in Alaska
#10,516 in the world

Beach Lake trails is a cross country running & ski trail system that opens to multi-use during the summer months. The area is ski-only during the winter when trails are groomed. Excellent trail system maps exist at the trailheads and at major intersections.

Since they're designed primarily as ski trails, the loops are cut to maximize hill climbing and descents. There are few hills of any significant length, but they're plenty steep to get you puffing. Some climbs are on the ragged edge between wheel spin and flipping right over. There are some handy cutoffs to skip the worst of the climbs if you so choose.

3,4,5 and 10k main loops exist, with extra warmup loops and connectors allowing ride variety.

Bring your wits with you, as bear and moose sightings are common. The area is also unusually mosquito heavy, so bring the bug dope in the event you choose to stop for any length of time. (15 seconds?)

First added by Xerien on Feb 17, 2009. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the Glenn Hwy take the South Birchwood Loop/Chugiak High School exit just north of Eagle River. Head towards the high school (visible from the freeway) and park at Chugiak HS near the trailhead, or a bit further down the road at the ski chalet. The latter is preferable if school is in session.
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