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Trails Office



Trail - Cranberry Trail

Facility Information

1920 Lathrop Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Contact: Bryant Wright; bwright@fnsb.us  Phone: (907) 459-7401

Trails Office General Information & Planning
The Trails Office is responsible for implementing the Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan (Trail Plan), working closely with other Borough Departments and the Trails Advisory Commission. The Trail Plan is part of the Borough's Regional Comprehensive Plan and was created in 1985. The Trail Plan identifies many trails throughout the Borough that have high recreational value for the community and deserve some level of protection for public access. Trails in the Trail Plan cross many types of property and have varying degrees of public access. Public access is not guaranteed across all sections of trails in the Trail Plan. Trails in the Trail Plan receive protection across a piece a property if and when that property is ever subdivided via the Borough's Code of Ordinances, Title 17 "Subdivisions." Over the years, several new trails have been added to the Trail Plan. The latest trail, the Cranberry Trail, was added in 2006. Fairbanks residents can nominate new and existing trails to be added to the Trail Plan by making recommendations to the Trails Coordinator and the Trails Advisory Commission. If you are interested in the Trail Plan, nominating a new trail, providing or securing a trail easement, or have other trail-related interests, contact the Trails Coordinator at 459-7401 or bwright@fnsb.us.

Trail Planning Documents and Resources:
Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan- 2006 Update
Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan Maps A & B
Guide to Nominating Trails to the Trail Plan
Process for Easement or Right-of-Way Acquisition for Public Recreational Trails
About the Trails Advisory Commission- Brochure
Trails Advisory Commission Meeting Information
Trails Advisory Commission Members- 2019

Historical Documents:
Trail Planning Background Information- 1983 Review of Existing Trail Program
Trail Planning Background Information- 1984 Borough Trail Inventory
Trail Planning Background Information- 1984 Trails Program Legal Constraints
Trail Planning Background Information- 1984 Trails Program Financial Constraints

Trail Maps
Maps for trails systems in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are currently in development. Maps will be added to this page as they are completed. Maps are only provided for trails that are entirely contained within public property and public trail easements.

Birch Hill Recreation Area Maps & Links
Tanana Lakes Recreation Area Maps & Links
Chena Lake Recreation Area Maps & Links
Other Borough Recreation Area Maps & Links
Miscellaneous Trail System Maps & Info

Fairbanks Trails Challenge

The 2020 Fairbanks Summer Trails Challenge HAS BEGUN!!!

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!***

***CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 SUMMER TRAIL GUIDE***

August 14 update: Sign #17 has been installed on ANGEL ROCKS TRAIL.  

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. ANGEL ROCKS 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.