THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- 12 mile bike ride
- Local, caring guide
- Round trip transportation
- Bike, helmet, water
- Tasty, filling and healthy snacks
- Beer tasting at the locally owned and operated Girdwood Brewery with lunch included
- Departs: Morning and Afternoon
- Group size: minimum of 2 people / maximum 10 people
- Cost: $185 for adults / $170 for children
- Up to 6 hours
- Difficulty: moderate
Looking for a private experience for your group, tailored to your abilities? Contact us with what you are looking for.
Explore outside of Anchorage and be a local for a day! Ride along the Turnagain Arm beginning at Bird Creek, a popular fishing spot when the salmon are running. The bike path follows the Turnagain Arm next to the nationally designated scenic Seward Highway. Dramatic views of mountains coming right down to the water help make this one of the most scenic drives and bike rides in the area. Along the way are many spots to stop and learn about the history and interesting geologic features, from how the area was formed by glaciers and earthquakes, to riding on what used to be where the original railroad tracks were laid.
In Girdwood, take in views of Girdwood Valley's surrounding mountains from the Girdwood Brewery tasting room, designed with large panoramic windows. Sample their original craft beer that has an artistic, culinary influence with unique flavors and aromas.
We require that riders know how to ride a bike and are comfortable shifting gears and using hand brakes. Please see the skill / fitness level tab, riders are required to have a minimum skill level of 2 and fitness level of 4. There are numerous stops along the way where your guide will share interpretative ecology and natural history.If you are interested in a more challenging ride or a private experience please contact us.
Terrain & Trails: Winding, asphalt bike path with some hills. The average elevation gain/loss is 300 feet.
What AKTG provides - - Bike: Kona hybrid bike. This bike has an aluminum frame to save weight and is built for a lifetime of miles and comfort. This bike is designed for commuting and leisurely adventure.
Level 1 - - BEGINNER: I can ride a bike, use hand breaks, and shift but this will be my first ever mountain bike ride. Yay!
Level 2 - - BEGINNER: Flat or downhill is best. I am a beginner when it comes to skill, technique and ability. I have limited experience and ride 1 -2 times a year.
Level 3 - - ADVANCED BEGINNER: I mountain bike a few times a year. I prefer wide dirt trails. I'm not particularly comfortable with long climbs or steep downhills. Singletrack - what is singletrack?
Level 4 - - LOW INTERMEDIATE: I ride a few times a month. I enjoy smooth mellow singletrack. Trees often feel tight, climbs come too quick to shift and I have to walk sometimes, and the obstacles have me a bit surprised.
Level 5 - - INTERMEDIATE: I am comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles like roots, rocks, and small rollable drops (couple inches high). I do not take my wheels off the ground.
Level 6 - - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE: I ride 2-3 times a week. I'm pretty good on longer climbs. I'm willing to try more technical features such as rocks or roots (up to 6 inches) and I like to push myself when on a bike. In bike parks, I am comfortable on all green trails and blue trails. I anticipate hills by shifting gears often and smoothly. I shift my body weight forward in efforts to keep traction on my front wheel when climbing. Descending, I am comfortable and balanced standing up off my seat and can maintain level pedals for the entire descent. I am comfortable with speed and letting go of my brakes as long as I can see the exit or end of the descent. I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both the front and back breaks when required. I understand effective cornering techniques although still need to work on my timing and coordination.
Level 7 - - ADVANCED: I consider myself to be a strong rider. I ride at least 2-3 times a week and rides can be 3-5 hours. I enjoy long climbs and technical features. I'm very comfortable with singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and am comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little breaking. I can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. I can anticipate the need to shift gears for hills often and smoothly. I use my breaks sparingly and am open to taking some air off rocks and roots. I am comfortable leaning my bike through corners and exit with acceleration.
Level 8 - - EXPERT: Mountain biking is a very big part of my life. I ride 3-4 times a week. I love long, arduous climbs over 3,000 feet in elevation gain. I can handle extreme technical trails and I'm comfortable in the air as needed.
Level 9 - - PROFESSIONAL: I get paid to ride my bike. I'm that good. Bring it on!
Level 1 - - NON-AEROBIC: I exercise less than 1 hour a week. The thought of going uphill on a bike is very daunting. I want the easiest, most mellow ride possible on flat, easy terrain!
Level 2 - - VERY LOW INTENSITY:I live a fairly sedentary life, with very little activity outside of walking. I can handle a 1 hour bike ride on flat terrain at a relaxed pace. Small, short hills are a challenge, but manageable. I exercise about 1 hour per week.
Level 3 - - LOW INTENSITY: I exercise about 2 hours per week. I can ride a bike for 1-2 hours at a relaxed pace, with breaks. I can handle 1 or 2 easy hill climbs of up to 300 feet or so.
Level 4 - - LOW-MEDIUM INTENSITY: I try to get regular exercise, up to 2-3 hours a week. I can ride a bike for 2-3 hours at a relaxed to moderate pace, with a few short breaks. I can climb up to 600 feet or so in a day.
Level 5 - - MEDIUM INTENSITY: I get regular exercise, up to 4-5 hours a week, including riding a bike. I can go on a 4 hour bike ride at a moderate pace with some short breaks. I'm confident climbing up to 1,000 feet in a day.
Level 6 - - MEDIUM/HIGH INTENSITY: I'm really getting into cycling and can ride up to 5 hours at a moderate pace with short breaks. I can climb 1,500 to 2,000 feet in a day. I regularly exercise 5 times a week.
Level 7 - - HIGH INTENSITY: I consider myself a pretty fit athlete and I exercise on average 7-8 hours per week. I can ride 5-6 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks. I can handle a ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.
Level 8 - - VERY HIGH INTENSITY: I consider myself a strong endurance athlete and I get a very regular, intense exercise for up to 10 hours a week. I can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast, steady pace. Long climbs, up to 4,000 feet, are not a problem for me.
Level 9 - - PROFESSIONAL: I am a professional athlete or cyclist and ride for long days on end.