Most people can agree that Alaska–and specifically Anchorage–was the birthplace of the fat biking movement. And as I prepared to write this article, I knew I had to include a fat bike trail in Anchorage. However, as I did research I realized that the online information about fat biking access in Anchorage is woefully scant.
Thankfully, I was able to get in touch with Singletrack Advocates in Anchorage directly, and they confirmed my suspicion that Kincaid Park is the fat biking hot spot! According to Singletrack Advocates, “16 miles of singletrack are groomed by our volunteers, making the flow trails flow not only in summer but in winter. We groom with snowmachines pulling a couple of car tires to create a 2-3 foot firm, rideable trail.”
Want to help us flesh out the largest mountain bike trail database in the world with information on fat bike trail access? If you know of a trail in Alaska–or anywhere else, for that matter–that allows fat bike access in the winter (and we don’t have it marked as such), click the “actions” menu on the top of the trail page in question, click “edit info,” and then select “Fat biking allowed in winter” in the features section at the bottom. Know of a trail that we don’t have listed that allows fat biking? Add it quickly and easily using this form. And if the trail isn’t open to summer bike access, be sure to select “Fatbike (Accessible in winter only)” under “trail type.”
The Kingdom Trails is a renowned Northeastern mountain bike destination during the summer, but thanks to snowmobile and snowshoe packing, the fun continues here all the way through the winter! According to the Kingdom Trails website, “this year, we are snowmobile and snowshoe packing the entire network of singletrack mountain biking trails on the East Side of Darling Hill,” so get out there and enjoy some snowy singletrack fun!
Fat bikers will find over 9 miles of machine-packed fat biking singletrack at Levis Mound. One of the things that sets these trails apart is that this fat biking loop was built specifically for fat bikes, and not a retrofitted trail like most other snow bike epics. The grades are fat bike-optimized, and the corridor through the trees is wide enough to let a snowmobile through to pack in the trail for bicycles.
In addition, other trails in the system are sometimes packed in by snowshoe traffic too. Levis is also home to the annual Sweaty Yeti fat bike race and Yeti Fest. For up-to-date grooming conditions, stay tuned to the Levis Mound Facebook Page.
The advocates behind the Noquemanon Trail Network were some of the first to pioneer machine grooming/packing singletrack for fat bikes. The Marquette Snow Bike Route is home to about 15 miles of trail maintained specifically for fat biking. In addition, they’ve added the North Snow Bike Route, many miles of ski trail are open to fat bikes at specific times, and many of the singletrack trails that aren’t passable by a snowmobile receive enough snowshoe and bike traffic to keep the trails packed in and rideable.
Snow Mountain Ranch offers over 6 miles of groomed trails dedicated “exclusively” to fat bikes. They even offer rentals right there at the facility if you don’t have your own.
Also, nearby Winter Park is home to a fat bike race series and a plethora of other socially-packed fat bike trails.
Now of course this isn’t anywhere close to a comprehensive list of the best places to fat bike, although the trails mentioned above are indeed some of the very best. Here are a whole host of other great fat biking spots that our Facebook fans made us aware of:
- Addison Oaks County Park, Leonard, Michigan
- Bohart Ranch, Bozeman, Montana
- Discovery Hill, Salmon, Idaho
- Eadsville Trail, Casper, Wyoming
- Elm Creek, Maple Grove, Minnesota
- Enterprise Primitive Trail, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
- Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta, Michigan
- Fish Canyon Recreation Area, Sundance, Wyoming
- Hanson Hills, Grayling, Michigan
- Hardwood Hills, Barrie, Ontario
- Howelson Hill Nordic Center, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Lebanon Hills, Eagan, Minnesota
- Merrell Trail, Rockford, Michigan
- Millstone Hill, Barre, Vermont
- Mineral Belt Trail, Leadville, Colorado
- Mud Lake Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
- Shanty Creek, Bellaire, Michigan
- Silver Lake Park, Kenosha, Wisconsin
- South March Highlands, Ottawa, Ontario
- Sunnyvale County Park, Wausau, Wisconsin
- Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, and other nearby singletrack trails in Leadville, Colorado
- Turkey Point, Simcoe, Ontario
- Vasa Trail, Traverse City, Michigan
- Whitetail Ridge, River Falls, Wisconsin
- Woolly Trail, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
- Yankee Springs, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Do you know of a trail that wasn’t mentioned in this article? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
Last updated 01:00pm EST, 2/9/15.