Singletrack Advocates to add more biking trails

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Joe Ramos rides Singletrack Advocates trails. By Ryan Greef

Joe Ramos rides Singletrack Advocates trails. By Ryan Greef

Last month the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously approved a project that will add more miles of singletrack mountain biking trails at Kincaid Park. The Kincaid North Singletrack Project will add to the nine miles already constructed on the south side of Raspberry Road. The $116,000 project will begin in mid-July and add six more miles of trail on the north side of Raspberry Road.

“If the weather cooperates, we should complete the project by the time the snow flies,” said Janice Tower with Singletrack Advocates.

Tower said the trail will complete a multiuse loop around the circumference of the park. It will provide accessible year-round use, vital especially during winter.

Lee Bolling and Janice Tower cut the ribbon on a Singletrack Advocates trail. Courtesy Janice Towers

Lee Bolling and Janice Tower cut the ribbon on a Singletrack Advocates trail. Courtesy Janice Towers

“Until the singletrack was built, there was no winter access to Kincaid Park for anyone who wasn’t on skis,” Tower said. “Cyclists and walkers can enjoy Kincaid Park in the winter, which the ski club also likes because the singletrack trails keep foot traffic off meticulously groomed ski trails.”

Tower said since the trails are being designed with mountain biking in mind, there will be considerable thought put into the “flow” of the trail.

“There will be some jumps with good sight lines, but a biker will be able to roll over them or take a detour if jumping isn’t his or her thing,” she said. “The trails are great for all ability levels, from little kids to senior citizens.”

Look for more on Singletrack Advocates’ trail-building efforts in the July issue of Coast. The construction will require a huge volunteer effort, Tower said, and the group will be soliciting as much help as possible. During the first phase of the Kincaid Project, which was completed in 2011, nearly 250 volunteers donated 2,170 hours of labor to the project, she said. This summer’s project will require similar manpower. Check www.singletrackadvocates.org for more details on trail work days and other details.

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