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      Map defaulted to winter mode.
      The Birch Hill Recreation Area is one of the premier cross-country skiing destinations in the country. Not only are our trails some of the best designed and maintained trails in the nation, but our buildings offer great places for before and after skiing activities as well as places to socialize. All this is offered by a joint effort by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department. Although you can use the trails at any time, the gate to the recreation area is closed and locked from 10pm to 7am each day.

      Trail Information:
      -During winter, trails are for cross country skiing only (running, walking, & snowshoeing are prohibited).
      -Dogs and other pets are prohibited during ski season.
      -Motorized vehicles (snowmachines, ATVs, etc.) prohibited year-round.
      -Trails should be skied in the direction indicated by arrows on the map.
      -Trail conditions vary with weather and skier use. Be aware and ski with caution

      Rules for using trails south of Beacon Road (Sonot Connector, Blackhawk, Chinook & Little Bird), as well as Sunnyside and Cliffside
      -Adult skiers (17 years and older) must possess identification.
      -Access is limited to cross country ski trails identified on this
      -Areas not identified on the map are off limits.
      -Access to Alpine Ski Lodge is permitted.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      AKA: Birch Hill
      Land Status: Municipal Park
      Land Manager: Fairbanks North Star Borough
      Birch Hill Parking Area google parking directions
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
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      • 11
      • 1

      Region Status
      Open as of Aug 15, 2021


      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      16 miles
      Total Descent
      4,116 ft
      Total Vertical
      621 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,081 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Recent Trail Reports

      Tower Loop
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      Relay Start Loop
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      Roller Coaster
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      East Ramp
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      Blue Loop
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      White Bear
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      Tower Direct
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 11:21pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Geezerdog
      West Ramp
      Jan 5, 2022 @ 6:39pm
      Jan 5, 2022
      Snow GroomedNordic Ski Snow is slow from the cold, otherwise the...eatroyer
      Outhouse Loop
      Jan 1, 2022 @ 12:51pm
      Jan 1, 2022
      UnknownNordic Ski Lots of snow, but it's cold and slow....eatroyer

      Activity Feed

      user #2147316mtbwandererriddentrailRelay Shortcut and 1 more
      Jul 26, 2022 @ 8:17pm
      Jul 26, 2022
      user #2147316mtbwandereraddtrailG-1 and 1 more
      Jul 26, 2022 @ 3:17pm
      Jul 26, 2022
      user #2147316mtbwandererriddentrailWest Ramp
      Jul 26, 2022 @ 9:09am
      Jul 26, 2022
      user #3066918Shastatryi2hwishlisttrailOuthouse Loop and 1 more
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 6:32pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      user #1979411eatroyerupdateregionBirch Hill Recreation Area
      Jun 3, 2022 @ 10:53am
      Jun 3, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      Alaska Dog Mushers Trails 134.2 km
      Skyline Ridge Park 2 44.9 km
      Tanana Lakes Recreation Area5.3 km
      UAF Trails5.8 km
      Skarland Trails 2 46.3 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2911 miles1,798 ft6 miles423 ft
      E-Bike96 miles860 ft3 miles371 ft
      Hike279 miles1,007 ft4 miles249 ft
      Trail Running279 miles1,007 ft4 miles249 ft
      Nordic Ski4329 miles3,209 ft13 miles620 ft
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