Kincaid Park Points
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
If you only have a limited amount of time in Anchorage but want go out for a great hike, consider Kincaid Bluff Trail. Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Anchorage, this is a 6‑mile loop hike to Kincaid Chalet. Along the way, you’ll find 3 miles of rugged trail that skirt the summit of precipitous bluffs at the end of the Anchorage Peninsula.
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.
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
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
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.