FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH
PARKS & RECREATION
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6. beaver springs nature trail @ North pole
Get there: Parking for the Beaver Springs Nature Trail is at the 5th Avenue Park in North Pole, off E 5th Avenue between Santa Clause Lane and the Richardson Highway. Find information on the Beaver Springs Trail and 5th Avenue Park at these sites: https://www.northpolealaska.com/publicworks/page/beaver-springs-nature-trail https://www.northpolealaska.com/publicworks/page/5th-avenue-park Distance: Just under 1 mile. Tips: Check out the 5th avenue playground, then head to the left/west side and cross the bridge onto the nature trail! Follow the trail along the creek, going behind the Elementary School and the Santa Clause House, ending at City Hall at Snowman Lane. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and save some time to stop at Santa's workshop along trail! The trail is flat and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
9. skyline ridge trail @ skyline ridge park 10. secret trail @ skyline ridge park
Get there: From Farmer’s Loop Road, take Summit Drive to Cranberry Ridge, or Skyline Drive to the top of Crestline Drive. Follow Cranberry Ridge uphill to Noel Drive. Public access to the park is at the Skyline Ridge trailhead at the top corner of Noel Drive and M.I.A. Street. Parking is limited. Distance: Expect to cover 1-3 miles at Skyline Ridge Park depending on how many signs you try and find in a day. Tips: All the trails at Skyline Ridge Park are non-motorized. Parking at the trailhead is limited; Please park courteously. For a nice loop under 2 miles, travel down the main ridge trail until you meet a major junction with the Goldstream Connector trail. On your left you can spy a little trail that heads downhill to connect to the Secret Trail on your left. Head along the trail that eventually takes you back uphill to the trailhead. The ridge trail is very wide and smooth while the Secret trail is narrow and rooty. Come prepared with your favorite method of avoiding mosquitoes!
12. Karl reishus trail @ uaf north campus trails
Get there: Ballaine Lake off University Avenue across from Army Road has the nearest parking, but you could choose any of the campus parking areas depending on you intended route. Main Campus parking requires a fee during weekday business hours and fee stations can be found at each parking lot. Distance: Expect at least 1 mile to get this sign, but it's more fun if you do a longer loop! Tips: These trails are strictly non-motorized and are skiing only in the winter. Pick your route from Ballaine Lake carefully as several sections are wet or underwater! You may have to jump back and forth between Skarland trail and the Reishus trail to stay dry.
20. wickersham creek trail@ white mountains NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Difficulty: very difficult
UPDATE JULY 8, 2021: DUE TO SEVERE TRAIL DEGRADATION, WE MUST OMIT THE CIRCLEFAIRBANKS TRAIL FROM THE CHALLENGE AND INSTEAD WILL PLACE A SIGN IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OFF THE ELLIOTT HIGHWAY. THE SIGN HAS NOT YET BEEN INSTALLED. CHECK FOR UPDATES IN COMING WEEKS.
Trail maps and information for the 2021 Summer Trails Challenge in Fairbanks, Alaska