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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Average Rating:    (2.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

The trail hugs the coastline of Anchorage along Knik Arm and Cook Inlet. There are many rest areas that provide scenic views of Anchorage, mountain ranges, Cook Inlet, Knik Arm, and wildlife. The Alaska Railroad tracks parallel the trail for about a mile, just past the northern trail head, and passenger and freight trains are a common site. The entire trail is paved and is suitable for biking, running, walking, and in the winter, skiing. The last 1/2 mile (milepost 8.5 to 9) presents the most formidable grade as the trail approaches Point Campbell. The approaches to Earthquake Park (between milepost 2 & 2.5) and Point Woronzof (between mileposts 3 & 4) also present considerable grades. The trail is marked by mileposts every 1/2 mile with the exception of the first 1+ miles. The trail intersects with the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, which runs east to west for 4 miles, at Westchester Lagoon a little over 1 mile from the northern trailhead. With many access points along the trail, one can easily tailor the length of trail they want to attempt. Wildlife viewing is most abundant along the southern half of the trail as the trail departs the more populated areas. The trail skirts Anchorage Airport, between mileposts 3.5 and 7.5, and encounters with close flying jets are common. For a virtual tour of the trail, visit: www.trailsofanchorage.com
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Latitude
61.19852889207283
Longitude
-149.98741149902344
Trail Directions
The northern trailhead is located at 2nd Avenue and H Street, Downtown Anchorage. The southern trailhead is located at Point Campbell (Kincaid Park). Take Rasberry road to its terminus and continue straight ahead into Kincaid Park. The trailhead is to the left of the Kincaid Outdoor Center where the road ends. The trail is easily accessible at many points along its travel with the exception of the last five miles where access is limited to Point Woronzof (Milepost 4) and Kincaid Park (Milepost 9).
Trail Length
10+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Anchorage
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: alaskaniceman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
One of the reasons why anchorage has one of the best urban bike trail systems in america. Nothing technical... very very crowded on sunny days... easily rode in the winter...can be beautiful and peaceful...



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Review Date
April 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Patrick , from Eagle River Alaska

Summary:
This is a paved bike path with a ton of walkers bad bikes, road bikes, rollerbladers and runners, the mile long downhill coming back from kincade is ok but you have to go real slow because of the otheer people, try kincaid instead, its mch better and its dirt!

Recommended Route:
Anything but the pavement

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kincaid park!



Comments
steel (10/11/2007)
All true, but there is a great single track that you can take for that wicked downhill that no one iuses :) You start at the top by Kincaid disk golf course and come out well past the hill - free to scream with no brakes the whole way! Also, there is some single track "hidden" all along the coastal trail and much more fun to ride.
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Review Date
July 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dave , from Anchorage

Summary:
Easy biking from Second Avenue to Earth Quake Park. Becomes a little hilly from the until Kincade Park. Good senic views. Plenty of places to rest. Most people hiking, roller blading are considerate and move to side for you to pass. Take your bug dope. People on the trail all hours of the day and night. Everyone should ride. You'll know your limitations.

Recommended Route:
All over.



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Review Date
May 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Peter , from Anchorage

Summary:
Nearly all flat (maybe one hill). Lots of people (walkers, runners, other people on bikes). Completely paved. This is not a mountian bike trail. Too many People. Good to teach a little kid how to ride a bike for the first time. If you're looking for a challenge, go anywhere but here.



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