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Birch Hill Ski Trails

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

nice single and dual track trails. can be as long,and as hard as you want. good use of a day.
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Latitude
64.87169027192838
Longitude
-147.62981414794922
Trail Directions
go to birch hill and follow the signs.
Trail Length
as short as long as you want
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fairbanks
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 11, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rich S ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Approx 30Km of wide cross country ski trails over the entire complex.

The MTB gem is the two downhill trails that start where the ski-lift dropoff is on the downhill ski course of Fort Wainwright. These trails are not on any map you will see of Birch Hill Trails. The first entrance is the jump trail with big berms, the second entrance just below it is a fun flow trail with tighter hairpins.

They both dump you out near the base of the down hill run. Go across the downhill face and the trail drops you off at the base of the sonot connector trail - a 1 mile trail back up to the top. Near the top off of the Sonot are the Blackhawk and Chinook loop - very fun cross country trails.

After hitting these up head back onto the white bear trail back to the main parking lot.

Keep in mind these trails are on Ft. Wainwright. Be respectful of Soldiers doing land navigation training, and realize there are times when access will be roped off due to a military training event. You need an ID with you as this is a military base, but again you gain access through the birch hill recreation area parking lot.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Birch Hill Rec Area stadium. Take the white bear trail till it parallels the road on top of birch hill. Ride up the road or on the ski hill face to where the ski lift drop off is. Pick a downhill trail and enjoy the ride. Back up the sonot connector hit the chinook loop then the Blackhawk loop. Ride back up the birch hill road to the radio towers, go around it (left or right) and an entrance to the tower loop is there. Take a right down the tower loop trail, then hit the roller coasters and on back to the stadium and parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ester Dome Singletrack
Secret Trail/After Hours Trail on Ski Boot Hill.



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Review Date
August 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cpgmattr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For a lover of technical trails, Birch Hill was fairly boring. I didn't see any singletrack--the whole place is x-country ski trails (about as wide as a lane and a half on the road) with short grass/dirt. Don't get me wrong, some of the hills were quite challenging physically, but I just seemed to get bored with the place after about 30 minutes. Likely not my cup of tea, you may love it. Mmm...smelled like manure the whole way (you are in farm country).

I'm surprised that folks give this one a 4 or 5--seems that with all these mountains, there's gotta be great singletrack in the area.

Recommended Route:
I followed the signs from Steese and made a right and immediately came up on the sign for the place. Head down the road and park by the large building. There's a trail map up there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trying to find other more technical trails before we leave the area. These guys seem to have the goods - http://www.fairbankscycleclub.org/Rides/



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Review Date
March 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kyle , from Fairbanks

Summary:
Some nice trails. Map is availiable at the lodge. Riding can be as easy or hard depending on choice of trail. Good place just for a ride and to work on skills and stuff. Not very far out of town either..(like anything is in fairbanks lol) I would recomend these trails for begginners or someone who just wants to go for a ride.

Recommended Route:
Just head up to the hill.



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Review Date
May 16, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Paul Rieck , from Fairbanks AK

Summary:
X-country ski trails in the winter, these trails are a BLAST for your MTB in the summer. They are fast, safe, physically challenging and entertaining, making for a great woodland ride. You can make it as physically challenging as you want for a great cardio workout or simply enjoy the woods. Highlights include lots of speed (watch out for moose and an occasional log) and getting air on the "roller coaster" and "black gold" trails. The trails can be ridden by the average rider up to the extreme gear head and are rated "green"(easy) "blue"(moderate) and "black"(difficult) Technically these trails rate at about a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 but for enjoyment and physical challenge this is an 8 out of 10.

Recommended Route:
North on Steese hiway, to Fairhill rd. Then left on Birch Hill Rd to Birch Hill X-county ski trails.
or better yet...
Out my back door through the woods to the Black Gold trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Standard Creek and Death ride course.



Comments
cpgmattr (08/21/2008)
I believe he meant to say a right on Birch Hill road, but he may have been coming from a different direction. I followed the signs from Steese, and came upon a 3 way intersection, took a right, and there was the sign. FWIW
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