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|Fairbanks Trails Challenge
The 2020 Fairbanks Summer Trails Challenge HAS BEGUN!!!
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***CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 SUMMER TRAIL GUIDE***
June 22 update: All signs are installed EXCEPT for #17 MASTODON TRAIL due to bear activity around a moose kill site. Avoid this trail until further notice.
2020 Summer Trails Challenge Trail List:
1. Chena River Bike Path – Growden Park Complex (Non-motorized)
2. Eagle Trail – Tanana Lakes Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
3. Tanana River Overlook – Tanana Lakes Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
4. Chena Lake Bike Path – Chena Lake Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
5. Island Trail – Chena Lake Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
6. Outhouse Loop – Birch Hill Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
7. Tower Loop – Birch Hill Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
8. 100 Mile Loop Trail – Isberg Recreation Area (Multiple-use)
9. After Hours Trail – Skyline Ridge Park (Non-motorized)
10. Goldstream Connector – Skyline Ridge Park (Non-motorized)
11. Secret Trail – Skyline Ridge Park (Non-motorized)
12. Skarland 12 Mile Loop – Musk Ox Subdivision (Non-motorized)
13. Viereck Nature Trail – UAF North Campus Trails (Non-motorized)
14. Lingonberry Loop – Koponen Homestead Trails (Non-motorized)
15. Equinox Out-and-Back Trail – Ester Dome (Multiple-use)
16. Angel Creek Hillside Trail – Chena River State Recreation Area (Multiple-use)
17. Mastodon Trail – Chena River State Recreation Area (Non-motorized)
18. Pinnell Mountain Trail – Steese National Conservation Area (Non-motorized)
19. Quartz Creek Trail – White Mountains National Recreation Area (Multiple-use)
20. Mike Kelly Trail – Chena River State Recreation Area (Multiple-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, prove you made it by taking a “selfie” photo with the sign and posting it on social media with the hashtag “#FNSBTrails” or email your photo to Parks@fnsb.us. 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!
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. The Summer Trails Challenge starts roughly in mid-June and lasts through September. 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!
Get outside- Take the Fairbanks Trails Challenge!!!
|Trail Conditions Updates
|UPDATED 3/27/2020 @ 10:00am:
- Big Dipper Walking Track: The building is still closed to the public until May 1st. For the Trails Challenge, Trail #2 is now a WILDCARD trail! Choose any other trail in a Borough Park and send us a pic! Ideas: Check out Isberg Rec Area, enjoy another trail in Pearl Creek, try the Skarland Ski trail…
- Salcha Elementary Ski Trails: There is a powerline down near the Fall Loop. Take the cutoff straight back to the school stadium.
- Colorado Creek Trail @ Chena River State Recreation Area: DON’T GO! Alaska State Parks Northern Region has asked everyone to stay home due to bad conditions. We also heard overflow slush and ice has spread near the sign. For the Trails Challenge, it’s another WILDCARD! Pick a different trail closer to town and snap a photo.
- Tanana Lakes Recreation Area: Staff have groomed trails on land and will continue grooming as long as conditions allow. Lake trails are no longer being groomed due to overflow and slush. The ice rink has been plowed. Due to overflow, the ice skating loop is closed.
- Chena Lake Recreation Area: Lake trails (part of the Mike Agbaba system) are no longer being groomed due to overflow and slush. From the Lake Park road entrance, staff has groomed the bike path and the east meadows section of the Mike Agababa system that is on dry land. Staff plans to groom the River Park trails today to be ready for the weekend.