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The 2024 Summer Trails Challenge is available June 20 - September 30!

Please register below (FREE!) if you plan on participating in the 2024 Summer Trails Challenge.


Once you find your signs, complete this online checklist by October 15, 2024 to claim your prize and bragging rights!

Know before you go! Thanks to the wet weather, fire conditions have calmed. Be sure to check akfireinfo.com to stay up to date before exploring. For information on the White Mountains Recreation Area and other fire restrictions visit BLM Fire Restrictions

2024 Summer Trails Challenge Trail List:
1. Rotary Pathway @ Tanana Lakes Recreation Area
2. Wander Lake @ Fountainhead Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary
3. Beaver Springs Slough Nature Trail @ 5th Avenue Park- North Pole
4. 5.7K River Loop @ Chena Lake Recreation Area
5. Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint @ Steese Highway- Mile Point 8
6. Secret Trail @ Skyline Ridge Park
7. Viereck Nature Trail @ UAF North Campus
8. Peat Ponds Wildlife Area @ Goldstream Creek
9. White Bear @ Birch Hill Recreation Area
10. 5k Loop @ Two Rivers Recreation Area
11. Skarland 9 MI @ College Hills Subdivision 
12. Bev's Loop @ Murphy Dome
13. Pickaxe - 10k @ Salcha Nordic Ski Trails
14. Upper Grapefruit Rocks @ Elliot Hwy - MP 39 
15. Angel Rocks @ Chena Hot Springs Connector
16. Angel Creek Hillside @ Chena River State Recreation Area**
17. Pinnell Mountain Trail @ Steese Hwy - MP 85.5/107
18. Wickersham- Summit @ White Mountains Recreation Area
19. Compeau @ Chena River State Recreation Area**
20. Mike Kelly @ Chena River State Recreation Area**

All other trails are Non-Motorized Multi-Use


What is the Trails Challenge? 
The Fairbanks Trails Challenge is an all-ages, all-abilities, outdoor scavenger hunt of epic proportions! The Trails Challenge is designed to get you out with your friends and family to explore our wonderful local trails, both new and familiar. Each summer and winter season, Parks Department staff temporarily installs special signs in secret locations along a dozen or so local trails. While the signs are up, we invite everyone to visit the trails and try and find the signs. Along the way we hope you have a chance to learn new skills, see new places, and make positive memories.

How do you take the Trails Challenge?
Anyone is allowed to participate in the search. When you find a sign, it's fun to prove you made it by taking a “selfie” photo with the sign and posting it on social media with the hashtag “#FNSBTrails." And of course, leave the sign to be found by the next trail challenge participant. Participants who find AT LEAST TEN signs during the event can win prizes from local sponsors and the coveted Trailblazer Award. Participants under the age of ten can find at least five signs to win the Junior Trailblazer Award! Whether you find one or find them all, challenge yourself to get outside and enjoy nature! 
PHOTOS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR CREDIT- But they're still really fun! For official credit to earn the Trailblazer Award, fill out the checklist at the end of the season.

When can we take the Trails Challenge? 
The Trails Office hosts two Fairbanks Trails Challenge events each year: a Winter Trails Challenge and a Summer Trails Challenge. The Winter Trails Challenge starts roughly in mid-December and lasts through March. Start and end dates fluctuate depending on weather and trail conditions. The signs stay in place for the season then are removed to be placed in new and different locations for the next challenge. So each season you are challenged to have a new adventure!

Send us an email at parks@fnsb.gov or call 907-459-1070. Check the Trails Office webpage for MAPS and TRAILS INFORMATION! Follow the FNSB Parks & Recreation Facebook Page for updates.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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Junior Trailblazer 
- 9y N/A SuMTuWThFSa  06/20/2024 - 09/20/2024
08:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fairbanks Trails
$0.00 Fee
Children under 10 years of age need at least 5 signs to earn the Junior Trailblazer award.
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10y and up N/A SuMTuWThFSa  06/20/2024 - 09/20/2024
08:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fairbanks Trails
$0.00 Fee
Find at least 10 signs to earn the Trailblazer Award.
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Sourdough Trailblazer 
60y and up N/A SuMTuWThFSa  06/20/2024 - 09/20/2024
08:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fairbanks Trails
$0.00 Fee
Find at least 5 signs to earn the Sourdough Trailblazer Award.
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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