Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Biking in the KMTA Corridor

Trails, by foot, dog team, boat, or rail, shaped the communities of Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm. Biking is now another way to explore the significant distances and varied landscapes of this region.

The trails shown on this map and described below are multi-use trails, serving a wide variety of visitors. Be kind to others! Bikes yield to pedestrians and horses. Downhill bike traffic yields to uphill riders. To sustain the mountain trails, avoid riding when the trails are muddy. Stay on established trails and respect wildlife. Have fun and discover new places, by paved, mountain, or technical mountain trails.
Stay up-to-date and share your knowledge on trail conditions via the Mountain Biker Alaska or Cross Country Alaska Trails forums.

 

Paved trails

Bird to Gird Path (13 miles):  Well-maintained paved trail parallels the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm below the mountains. Along the route, you’ll find interpretative signs, covered picnic areas, and side trails to the communities of Indian, Bird, and Girdwood.

Hope to Johnson Pass Path (7.5 miles):  Paved trail along the Seward Highway, access to Granite Creek Campground.

Mountain (nontechnical) and gravel trails

Crescent Creek (6.2 miles):  Follows Crescent Creek through birch-aspen forest with many meadows.

Devil’s Creek (10 miles):  Climbs 1400 feet in connecting to Resurrection Pass Trail, primarily in miles 4-8. Rolling forest trail transitions to alpine meadows of Devil’s Pass.

Iditarod National Historic Trail- Meridian Lake (8.3 miles): Rolling trail that passes a series of lakes, including the beloved Leech Lake.

Iditarod National Historic Trail- Winner Creek (3.5 miles): Departing from Alyeska Hotel trailhead, biking is first permitted after the 0.7 mile marker. Spruce-hemlock forest and connection to technical trail extending to Upper Winner Creek.

Johnson Pass (23 miles): Popular trail starts in forest and climbs to subalpine meadows. Elevation gain is generally moderate. Vegetation can obscure trail in late summer.

Old Seward Highway Tern Lake (5 miles): Hilly, gravel old Jeep road that connects the Tern Lake Day Use Area to the Crescent Creek Trailhead, enabling longer loops of the Kenai trail system.

Trail of Blue Ice (5 miles):  Scenic, accessible gravel trail along Portage Valley. Boardwalks over creeks and multiple access points.

Resurrection Pass (39 miles): Popular, historic trail that climbs from 500 to 2600 feet, following the Resurrection Creek at the north end. Bike by gold mining areas, productive lakes, public use cabins, and alpine valleys. Alternate years allow for motorized use.

Resurrection River (4.5 miles):  Only the southernmost portion, from Exit Glacier Road to Martin Creek, is wide and clear enough for bikes. Bridge at Martin Creek is out.

Russian Lakes (21 miles): Forested trail snakes along the Russian River, past Lower and Upper Russian Lakes. Frequent views of mountains and lakes.


Mountain (technical)

Bean Creek Trail (2 miles):  Winter bike route through forest allows access to Resurrection Trail.

Carter Lake Trail (3.4 miles):  Steep ascent for initial 1.5 miles from the Seward Highway to subalpine meadows. Access to Carter Lake Primitive Trail which is too overgrown for biking.

Gull Rock Trail (5.7 miles): Primarily a hiking trail with with occasional short, steep sections. Forested with numerous overlooks to Turnagain Arm. Usually snow-free by early May.

Iditarod National Historic Trail- Bear Lake (7.5 miles): Spruce-hemlock forest with several steep grades and narrow, winding transitions. Bountiful late summer berries.

Lost Lake & Primrose (15 miles):  Gorgeous, primarily subalpine and alpine trail spotted with lakes. Some stairs on short, steep climbs. Snow may remain in mid-July.