WINTER TRAILBLAZER AWARDS:
If you completed the Winter Trails Challenge, your awards are here! Thanks for your patience. You can pick up awards for you and your family at the Parks & Recreation Office on the second floor of the Big Dipper Ice Arena, 1920 Lathrop Street. The ice rink will be going through annual maintenance, but our office will still be open M-F 8-5pm.
The Summer Trails Challenge begins June 20th!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMER TRAILS GUIDE
7/1/2022 UPDATE: All signs are installed except for #15 due to fire-related closures. There are new closures affecting access to sign #12. Check with managing agency and browse www.akfireinfo.com for current access information.
- Chena River Bike Path - Pioneer Park
- Sandpiper Trail - Tanana Lakes Recreation Area
- Island Trail - Tanana Lakes Recreation Area
- Slough Loop - Chena Lake Recreation Area
- Chena Lake Bike Path - Chena Lake Recreation Area
- Outhouse Loop Cutoff - Birch Hill Recreation Area
- Medevac - Birch Hill Recreation Area
- After Hours Trail - Skyline Ridge Park
- Goldstream Connector - Skyline Ridge Park
- Skarland 6 Mile Trail - University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Equinox Out-and-Back Trail - Ester Dome
- Wickersham Dome Summit Trail - White Mountains National Recreation Area
- Mastodon Trail - Chena River State Recreation Area
- Angel Creek Hillside Trail - Chena River State Recreation Area
- Mike Kelly Trail - Tanana Valley State Forest/Two Rivers
- Pinnell Mountain Trail - Eagle Summit, Steese National Conservation Area
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, and seniors aged 60+ can find 5 to get win the Sourdough Trailblazer Award! To claim prizes, remember to register for the program and complete the trail checklist form. 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!!!