Kincaid Park

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Kincaid Park offers a mecca for outdoor sports of all kinds in a wilderness-like setting on the site of a former Cold War missile base. This 1,500-acre park sprawls over an ancient and rugged moraine at the southwest tip of the Anchorage Bowl at the west end of Raspberry Road. From its panoramic views of Denali and the vast Cook Inlet to its intimate deep woods enclaves, the park is crisscrossed by a world-class trail system usable all year round.

It’s not just about trails

You can stroll, hike, run or cycle. You can jog or bike through single-track mazes. You toss discs on the city’s best 18-hole course or practice soccer on one of seven grassy fields. You can fish for stocked rainbow trout or paddle a quiet lake. You can practice archery on a designated range, engage in Hundesport dog training or gun your engines on a motocross course. You can bound down the region’s largest active sand dune or follow a goat-trail path along spectacular 300-foot bluff.

You can explore the woods in search of wildlife: Moose proliferate, black bear abound, and bald eagles cry.

Come winter, the extensive trail system morphs into the region’s most popular destination for cross country skiing.

With nearly 40 miles of groomed trails—including at least 12 miles lighted at night—you can ski for hours over terrain that varies from pastoral beginner to screaming-descent expert. As Anchorage’s premier ski racing venue, Kincaid has hosted dozens of major ski competitions, including U.S. National Championships and Olympic trials. And yet, local recreational skiers and families love Kincaid for its many leisurely and scenic routes. It is where thousands of Anchorage kids learned to ski.

Wildlife viewing

With its open glades and rugged terrain, Kincaid Park is prime habitat for moose, black bears and other Alaska wildlife at home in the forest. The trail network makes it easy to get deep into the woods. Watch for moose in summer along the grassy trails, particularly in the spring when cows give birth to their calves. Black bears will feed in the open. The stands of mature birch and spruce concentrate nesting birds. Along the coast, bald eagles soar. It’s not uncommon to spy beluga whales traversing the flats between the Kincaid beach and Fire Island during higher tides.

Getting There

Raspberry Rd
Anchorage, AK 99502

To reach Kincaid Park’s main staging area, take Raspberry Road west until it ends. A lower parking lot gives immediate access to the flat ski stadium area, while the upper parking is closer to the chalet and its restrooms. Other trailheads can be found along Raspberry Road, off Jodphur Road (at the far west end of Dimond Boulevard), and at the end of the road leading to Little Campbell Lake off Raspberry Road at the park entrance. No fee for parking. Note: A gate just west of the Raspberry Road trailhead gets locked each night at about 10 PM.

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Kincaid Park Points

Summer

A short dri­ve from down­town Anchor­age will land you in the mid­dle of Kin­caid Park, the jump-off point for this mod­er­ate two-mile out and back hike to Anchorage’s only big, sandy beach. If not for the cool Alas­ka temps, it’d be easy to think you were in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The sand is fine and very lit­tle mars its sur­face oth­er than the occa­sion­al piece of drift­wood. Flanked on one side by tall bluffs and on the oth­er by gor­geous views of…  ...more

A giant sand dune ris­es into the trees of Kin­caid Park near the south­west cor­ner of the Anchor­age Bowl. Its brown face of gor­geous speck­led grains looms more than 40 feet above the sur­round­ing for­est floor, pre­sent­ing a pyra­mid-steep slope that just begs to be climbed. This nat­ur­al fea­ture is a blast for the whole fam­i­ly, per­fect for any­body who has ever delight­ed in a romp at the beach. 

Difficulty: Easy

This is a great pock­et of wilder­ness right in Anchor­age: easy to get to, qui­et and pret­ty idyl­lic. Set in the north­east­ern sec­tion of Kin­caid Park, Lit­tle Camp­bell Lake is packed with lily pads and sur­round­ed by a thick for­est lined with trails. Spend the after­noon hik­ing, swim­ming, fish­ing, or pad­dling around the lake. 

If bik­ing on trails through the woods appeals to you, then Kin­caid Park is an ide­al des­ti­na­tion. It fea­tures an exten­sive net­work of trails per­fect for moun­tain and snow bik­ing. Whether you seek stiff climbs and sharp turns —or if you just want a leisure­ly out­ing with fam­i­ly and friends — you can find the per­fect cycling route some­where in the park. While win­ter does close the main trails to all uses except ski­ing, there are plen­ty of snow-season  ...more

If you love hik­ing or walk­ing in a mature for­est with well appoint­ed trails and inter­est­ing geog­ra­phy — includ­ing a menagerie of Alaskan wildlife plus access to miles of shore­line — you can’t go wrong in Kin­caid Park. With 35 to 40 miles of offi­cial­ly main­tained trails equipped with map kiosks, plus many unsigned but well-trod sin­gle-track paths, the park is a lit­er­al maze. It’s great for every lev­el of inten­si­ty — from fit­ness run­ners to families  ...more

Kin­caid Park con­tains a fab­u­lous spread of sev­en reg­u­la­tion-size soc­cer fields down the hill to the north of the chalet, plus one beau­ti­ful soc­cer sta­di­um with arti­fi­cial turf to the south. These facil­i­ties are pop­u­lar with leagues and are often reserved for games or tour­na­ments dur­ing Alaska’s sum­mer sea­son. But they are open to pub­lic use when no games or prac­tices are scheduled. 

Perched atop the bluff in Kincaid’s south­east cor­ner, the Jod­phur Road Motocross Park is open to dirt bikes on non-race days between April and Sep­tem­ber. (Hours are 10 am to 8:30 pm Wednes­day through Sun­day.) The 11-acre area fea­tures closed tracks over dirt and rock, with some jump­ing berms and chal­leng­ing ter­rain. The facil­i­ty — along with races and class­es for new rid­ers — is main­tained by the Anchor­age Rac­ing Lions. 

An archery range with tar­gets open to the pubic winds through for­est about a quar­ter mile from the Kin­caid Sta­di­um off Rasp­ber­ry Road, with entrances off the for­mer World Cup Start Area. The facil­i­ty also fea­tures sev­er­al tar­get ranges open only to mem­bers of the local archery organization. 

Single Track Trails

Rid­ers will expe­ri­ence faster flow and more banked turns, plus fun fea­tures that are built on the side of the trail. 

Accessed from either the Jodh­pur park­ing lot or the cor­ner of Kin­caid Rd. and Jodh­pur St. (where there is a con­ve­nient pullout). 

This sec­tion of trail cuts along the back side of the Kin­caid Sand Dunes, an area that is open to ATV use from Wednes­day through Sunday. 

This trail in Kin­caid Park leads you into either L Train or the Bluff Trail. It climbs from the sand dunes up to the ridge, then splits into the descent into L train or con­tin­ues on a long run towards the chalet, with an option to cut left onto the Bluff Trail. 

The high banked turns — some that near­ly dou­ble back on them­selves — flow smooth­ly, and undu­lat­ing ter­rain keeps the speed in check while still pro­vid­ing a quick descent if you’re will­ing to let the bike run. 

Offers a lot of tech­ni­cal fea­tures inter­spersed through­out a smooth run. 

This sec­tion of trail used to be known as the Ridge Trail,” and has some of the best view­points of both the Chugach Moun­tains and Cook Inlet. 

Twist­ing, curvy addi­tion to the north end of Bolling Alley 

It gets its name from the scores of young bik­ers who take part in the Nordic Ski Association’s Mighty Bike” pro­gram dur­ing the summer. 

Ready for a chal­lenge? Though tech­ni­cal­ly not part of the sin­gle track com­plex, this long trail in Kin­caid Park snakes along the edge of the bluff, and is best rid­den only by advanced bik­ers. The views are stun­ning at points, but with tall grass, logs, and roots crowd­ing the trail it’s best to keep your eyes on the busi­ness at hand. Take care not to slide off the edge on a few sandy sec­tions where more than one expe­ri­enced bik­er has slipped…  ...more

Winter

With an aston­ish­ing maze of groomed trails over all kinds of ter­rain — includ­ing 12 to 15 miles equipped with lights for night ski­ing — Kin­caid Park is the region’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for cross coun­try ski­ing. The sys­tem ranges from sedate, pas­toral loops suit­able for fam­i­lies on an out­ing to demand­ing expert work­outs with hard climbs and scream­ing descents. This venue has ski­ing for every lev­el of experience. 

One of the most pop­u­lar fam­i­ly sled runs in Anchor­age yawns down the hill just north of the Kin­caid Out­door Cen­ter chalet. Built beside berms that once pro­vid­ed tac­ti­cal cov­er for activ­i­ty in a 1950s mis­sile base, the sled area includes some steep drops into a gul­ly on the back­side. This decent­ly long run fea­tures stun­ning views of Denali and the Alas­ka Range on clear days. 

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