Without hesitation, the Bird to Gird is the most beautiful bike path in Western Alaska. This trail is 12 miles one way or 24 miles round trip; either way, the paved ride hugs Turnagain Arm and connects three communities (Girdwood, Bird and Indian). It’s perfect for any level biker—whether you just want to just cruise, go fast on a mountain bike, or experience the trail as a tourist (or even as a curious local). It’s a shared trail, so you’ll also see hikers, dog walkers, and in the winter, cross-country skiiers.
Pack a lunch in your backpack: The trail offers plenty of covered picnic tables along the way. If you need rest—or you’re just not ready to begin your journey home—then take a detour over to Turnagain Arm Pit, a delicious barbecue restaurant. Not hungry yet? That’s okay, too, because by the time you finish the roundtrip course, you can treat yourself to a cone at The Ice Cream Shop, conveniently located at the entrance to Girdwood.
The interactive trail also offers plenty of old-school-style guidance. You’ll pass plenty of helpful signs, detailing interesting geological features and wildlife information along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot beluga whales splashing in the ocean, Dall Sheep nestled in the mountains, bald eagles in the trees, and maybe even moose or bears ambling by in the forest.
Otherwise, you’ll at least want to take in the flawless views of glacier-covered mountains, the fragrance of the fresh flowers, and the changes of scenery from meadows and forests to dramatic ocean views.
You can also use a variety of bikes on this trail—and the staff at Powder Hound Ski Shop can help you choose the right rental for you.
Beginner | 12 miles each way | Hybrid or Mountain Bike
Distance: 13.3 miles