Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Alaska

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Facts

States: Alaska
Counties: Anchorage
Length: 11 miles
Trail end points: W. 2nd Ave & H ST. (Anchorage) and Kincaid Park (Point Campbell)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6031609
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Description

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail follows the coastline of Anchorage along Knik Arm and Cook Inlet. Many rest areas provide scenic views of Anchorage, the surrounding mountain ranges, Cook Inlet and Knik Arm. You're also likely to encounter wildlife along the way. The Alaska Railroad tracks parallel the trail for about 1 mile, just past the northern trailhead, and passenger and freight trains are a common site.

The entire trail is paved and suitable for biking, running, walking and skiing. As you reach Point Campbell in the last 0.5 mile, you'll be presented with a most formidable grade. The approaches to Earthquake Park (between milepost 2 & 2.5) and Point Woronzof (between mileposts 3 & 4) also present considerable grades. The trail is marked by mileposts every 0.5 mile with the exception of the first 1+ miles.

The Tony Knowles Trail intersects the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail at Westchester Lagoon, a little over 1 mile from the former's northern trailhead.

Wildlife viewing is most abundant along the southern half of the trail, where the trail departs the more populated areas. The trail skirts Anchorage Airport between mileposts 3.5 and 7.5, and encounters with low-flying jets are common.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail is easily accessible at many points along its route, with the exception of the last 5 miles, where access is limited to Point Woronzof (milepost 4) and Kincaid Park (milepost 9).

The northern trailhead is located at W. 2nd Avenue and H Street in downtown Anchorage. The southern trailhead is located at Point Campbell in Kincaid Park. Take Raspberry Road to its end and continue straight ahead into Kincaid Park. The trailhead is to the left of the Kincaid Outdoor Center, where the road ends.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Reviews

Ran here in 2007 from Kincaid Park north.That was a great experience.In August,2016 while on vacation;I ran from Earthquake Park towards Anchorage one day and Earthquake Park towards the Airport the next day.This trail affords you views of snow capped Mountains,Cook Inlet,and miles of heavy forest lined with Birch,Aspen and other trees.Running towards the Airport is more hilly.I've run in hundreds of places in the USA due to work travel.This trail is one of the most scenic.Considering Anchorage's winters of ice/snow,the asphalt trail is in excellent condition.If you are in Anchorage,run this trail.You will be happy you did.

Biked the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 8-23-15. The weather was perfect -- sunny to partly cloudy and cool, with a slight breeze.

The trail is beautiful -- meandering through and alongside residential areas, wooded parks, and the coastline. The tide was out, so numerous birds were feeding in the marsh -- saw several Sandhill Cranes, a bonus! Snow-covered mountains were visible in the distance. We could see Denali (Mt. McKinley to some) from Pablo's Bike Rentals on the corner of 4th and L Streets! A fairly rare sight. Pablo's Bike Rentals' pricing is comparable to others in Anchorage (see note below about bike rentals).

There are a couple of steep hills if you're traveling the paved trail from downtown to Kincaid Park. Some folks choose to ride from Kincaid Park to downtown to lessen steep climbs.

One of the most amazing experiences we had was stopping at the end of the runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and watching the jets take off!! You could actually "feel" the plane as it left the runway and roared overhead. It was incredible!

If you'd like a cool souvenir, Downtown Bicycle Rental, Inc. (333 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage) has great bike jerseys designed specifically for Alaska and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Cotton t-shirts are available, too. We had to have both! We will rent bikes from Downtown Bicycle Rental, Inc. next time we're in town. They are a wealth of knowledge and extremely helpful.

We'll definitely make this spectacular biking trip, again. I highly recommend it to everyone who has an interest in biking or walking.

Nice trail, saw moose right next to trail, very scenic.

Accordion

"My wife & I visited the Tony Knowles Coastal trail last summer. The very smooth asphalt trail was very scenic. The bay can be seen along most of the trail. The first 5 miles through Anchorage is about like any other USA city with the Anchorage skyline view while following the coast through the different neighborhoods. Suddenly, the next 6 miles we found ourselfs going through a wooded raw-wilderness area. My wife & I ran into three mooses that day. We had to wait for one of them to leave the trail before we could pass by. We also found Earthquake Park to be quite informative with the history of the 1964 earthquake. Any cyclist bound for Alaska should not miss this unique trail. "

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