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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +595/616 ft
Total: 47 riders
 

Mountain Biking Sta Trails

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#5 of 52 mountain bike trails in Alaska
#750 in the world

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!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Take Abbott to the Hilltop Ski area just past Service High School. You can park in the lot by the road and ride to the trail head, it's only about ¼ mile from the parking lot. Ride like you are going back to the Ski area (the ski area gates close at 8pm), turn into the first gravel road on your right (it's blocked off to car traffic), you'll see a small sign strait a head of you, that's the start to the Dome Lane and the STA trails.
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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

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  • mike.long26
    *****

    I'm looking for someone to hit some trails with. Preferably someone who knows the area pretty well considering i don't.

    Email me mike.long26@gmail.com

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  • tommyboy99
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    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.

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  • junkie
    *****

    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.

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  • Shamrocks
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    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

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