Alaska Trail Guides Frequently Asked Questions provides instant answers to questions about our anchorage mountain bike tours and bike rentals. Is your question not in our frequently asked questions? Feel free to contact us.
Alaska Trail Guides is locally owned and operated providing immersive, guided biking tours that show you the best of Alaska in an active way! When it comes to choosing how you spend your time (and money) on your dream vacation in Alaska, we believe that proven experience, in-depth knowledge, and the reputation of the company you choose to spend your day with are integral to the quality of the experience you will have on your tour. While we can think of countless reasons to come bike with us, we’ve boiled it down to these top 4 reasons why:
Alaska is an amazing place to see wildlife! We share our trails with moose, bears (brown and black depending on the trail), and bald eagles! We can’t guarantee wildlife, however, no matter if you choose a City Biking Tour or a Mountain Bike Tour, there is a 75% chance we will see a moose! Common wildlife spotted on our tours: moose, bears, bald eagles, snowshoe hares, ptarmigan, beluga whale, Dall Sheep, salmon, coyotes, and more!
We require that you know how to ride a bike before arriving for your tour. Biking tours range from leisurely, flat, paved terrain to rides for advanced cyclists on and off-road. When making your reservation, we will ask about your biking ability to ensure you are choosing the best trip for you. Our guides are here to help you feel comfortable and reacquaint you with the equipment if it’s been a few years. We also have several different styles of bikes to match rider style and comfort level.
To ensure the most enjoyable experience please read the skill and fitness level of the tour(s) you are interested in. If you have any questions about which tour is best for you and your group give us a call! All our tours are designed around our beautiful Alaskan scenery, there are periodic stops for scenic overlooks perfect for pictures, changing layers, and having a quick snack.
May – September we offer mountain bike rentals located in Kincaid Park with a shuttle from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park.
November – April we offer fat tire bike rentals with free delivery within a 9-mile radius of downtown Anchorage.
Please see our Rental Page for more details.
Bike & Tram Full-Day Tour: Kona Dew hybrid bikes.
This bike has an aluminum frame to save weight and is built for a lifetime of smiles and comfort. This bike is designed for a day of exploring. (image on the left)
Coastal Cruise Bike Tour: Specialized Roll Comfort Cruiser
which is a step-through frame that sits upright. Great for those with restricted mobility or who do not ride often. (image on the right)
Chugach MTB Adventure and all Winter Tours: Rocky Mountain Fat Tire bikes for tours on dirt trails and for all winter tours. Fat tire bikes provide more cushion than a traditional hardtail mountain bike and, with 5-inch tires, are more stable. If a full suspension bike is desired, one can be provided at an additional cost.
Singletrack Sampler Private Tour: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt full suspension
**Summer 2022 we will not be able to provide electric bike upgrades.
Coastal Cruise Bike Tour: 9.5 miles bike ride beginning at Kincaid Park and ending at Westchester Lagoon.
Bike & Tram is an out-and-back ride and has a maximum biking time, not mileage. The average distance biked in 3 hours with clients is 10 – 14 miles. Total mileage covered will be determined by the overall groups’ ability level.
Mountain biking tours are out-and-back rides and have a maximum biking time, not mileage. The average distance biked in 2 hours with clients is 8 – 12 miles. Total mileage covered will be determined by the overall groups’ ability level.
Winter biking tours are out-and-back rides and have a maximum biking time, not mileage, and vary based on trail conditions for the day. Trips have a maximum biking time, not a set mileage to cover for this reason. The average distance biked in 2 hours with clients is 5 – 10 miles.
Box lunches are provided by a local cafe that uses locally sourced and organic ingredients. Lunch is included for full-day tours. During the booking process, you will be asked to select your lunch and provide any dietary restrictions we should be aware of.
Citing Biking Tours: 2 to 8 people
Mountain Biking Tours: 1 to 6 people
Winter Biking Tours: 1 to 6 people
We understand that circumstances arise and occasionally clients have to cancel a reservation. Alaska Trail Guides follows our cancellation policy to protect our ability to operate tours and maintain our price structures. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to safeguard against any unanticipated changes to travel plans.
If you do need to cancel the reservation for any reason prior to your trip date, we require all cancellation requests in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our minimum age requirement varies by trip, please see trip details pages. If booking a private trip we can accommodate any age. Note: we charge an additional fee for private trips. Please contact us for more details.
The more time we have to add other riders the better! By contacting AKTG, early we have more time to pair you with other cyclists. If you’re the first to request a specific departure, we’ll make a reservation and attempt to add additional clients. To hold the tour we require the minimum to be met, typically a 2 person minimum. If additional clients add to the tour, you will be refunded the difference. If no one else books we will notify you 5 days prior, offering you dates and times of other trips that have met the minimum giving you the chance to reschedule.
Weather in Southcentral Alaska changes from day to day. We hope for warm, sunny days while being prepared for cool, rainy days. The weather and what you can expect will all change based on which trip you choose. Girdwood has a cooler climate as it is located in a temperate rain forest, whereas Anchorage is warmer and drier. Overall, the rules in Alaska are: do NOT wear cotton and always layer. Wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or Capilene. The athletic types of clothing work really well.
IN THE WINTER WE ALSO PROVIDE:
Most food can be adjusted based on client allergies and dietary restrictions
TOP LAYERS (SUMMER/FALL)
BOTTOM LAYERS (SUMMER/FALL)
TOP LAYERS (WINTER/SPRING)
BOTTOM LAYERS (WINTER/SPRING)
* “Toe Shoes” such as Five Fingers are NOT allowed. Flip-flops and sandals such Chacos, Tevas, or Keens are NOT allowed * AKTG does not have spare footwear. If you arrive for your trip in footwear that is not approved, you may not be able to participate.
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING (SUMMER/FALL/WINTER/SPRING)
Protected by the Chugach Mountains and warmed by currents of the Pacific Ocean, Anchorage’s climate is mild. Summer temperatures here get into the low 70s. Between March 19 and September 23, Anchorage gets more hours of daily sunlight than anywhere in the other 49 states. Anchorage is near 61 degrees north latitude: about as far north as Stockholm, Sweden. Packing for a visit to Alaska can be summed up in one word: layers. Standing next to Exit Glacier in Seward, you may want a sweater or fleece. Then again, when you stop for lunch on a sun-soaked deck in Girdwood, you’ll want to be able to cool off in short sleeves or thinner materials. Just add or subtract layers as needed. The biggest factor is the wind, which can add a chill any day. A light windbreaker or rain jacket and rain pants can go a long way to provide warmth and comfort.
Girdwood is located in the northernmost region of the west coast’s temperate rain forest. On average, the annual precipitation is about 70″. Typically, May and June are the driest months, while fall and winter bring heavy rains and snow. Temperatures range in the 50s-70s for May-August. Although this small town is relatively close to Anchorage, the weather can be dramatically different, in part because it is surrounded by mountains and water. To properly dress for your trip, check the weather the morning of.