Sta Trails

4.57 out of 5
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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
These 8 miles of amazing single track were built by the Anchorage Single Track Advocates on city park land and the trails are named for the lady who spearheaded the project, (Janice, who goes by "Queen Bee" on the local biking message board, hence the name thyme). There are 7 new trails in the network with two older trails running through them all (the Llama Trail the Gas Line).

You start off by entering the Drone Lane, going up this is a steep climb with a couple switch backs. Coming down, watch out, it's fast with banked curves and plenty of little hills to catch air.

Queen Bee Loop is a fun and challenging trail in either direction, this loop will take you up further to the main network.

The outer trails (Janice's Jive and The Hive) in this network are rated as Intermediate level trails which are full of roots, long up hills, short and steep climbs and banked curves. Though they are rated as intermediate trails, going up is a challenge for most.

The inter trails (Yellow Jacket, Stinger and the Hornet's Nest) are rated as Advanced level trails. These trails are loaded with fast downhill section, jumps, banked curves and technical climbs and root sections.

With all trails, these trails should be ridden with your skill set in mind; they are multi-directional with blind curves which means you may have to stop suddenly for oncoming traffic, so watch your speed to help prevent skidding and tearing up these great trails!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Hi! The trails described above are the STA Hillside trails. There is also the STA Kincaid trails which are on s different side of Anchorage. You should list them separately because this is confusing. Well, it was confusing to me before I moved to Anchorage. I had to ride them to realize their were two different trails. STA stands for single track advocates and both trails were built by STA -Guest

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Reviews (7)

June 19, 2016
Review: These trails are so much fun! A really fun route is to enter the trail system from the gasline trail near Prospect Heights. From here, take hornets nest, to stinger, to queen bee. It's so much fun!

August 17, 2014
Review: from georgia, first time in alaska
rode hilltop ski area sta trails today
awesum vistas, really nice twisting/technical singletrack through beautiful forrests
lots of work getting up to trailhead from outskirts of anchorage, then steep climb from trailhead up to good stuff, where you wind around really nice singletrack then a huge payback with twisting/turning singletrack downhill to trailhead, then fast triple track smooth trails back to the city
would not travel here for this trail, but if in anchorage definitely take it in

Granny Gear

July 20, 2014
Review: I'm looking for someone to hit some trails with. Preferably someone who knows the area pretty well considering i don't. Email me

Granny Gear

July 27, 2011
tommyboy99 Granny Gear  
Review: Went on the trails this past weekend. The trails are nice but not well maintained. A lot of grass and brush in your face and elbows on every trail. If the trails would be maintained better the ride would improve a lot. You can't take the trails as agressive when you can barley see where you are going but like I said besides that the trail is great. Lots of little jumps, nice dh sections and some tough climbs.

Granny Gear

June 2, 2011
junkie Granny Gear  
Review: Nice trails for novice and advanced riders. Very fun downhill sections and tough climbs. Multiple routes change up the trail pretty nicely. Great practice for novice riders looking to advance.

Bunny Hop

March 5, 2010
Shamrocks Bunny Hop  
Review: If you happen to be near Anchorage this is a must ride. It is about a 15 mile ride to get here from downtown Anchorage. Best bet stop in Downtown Bicycle and talk to the people who work there. They will be happy to give you exact directions. We took their hiking tour to Flattop Mt. and they took our bikes for us on their shuttle. We hit the Sta Trails after climbing to the top of Flattop. I would recommend doing the two seperately. The trails start out simple, but turn very technical. Starting from the top we did not have to deal with the climbs, but enjoyed the speed most of the way. Well maintained, just be careful of skiers who train on their roller skis

* Review edited 3/5/2010


September 28, 2009
JDH Trailblazer  
Review: FUN as hell!

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