E-bike through the heart of the Chugach State Park on a self-guided paved coastal trail. This trail is 12 miles one way or 24 miles round trip; either way, the paved ride parallels the Turnagain Arm and connects three communities (Girdwood, Bird, and Indian). It's perfect for any level of biker! Whether you just want to cruise, go fast on a mountain bike, or experience the trail as a tourist (or even as an adventurous local).
Select your E-bike pick-up time and the bike is yours for the day!
Along this shared trail, you'll come across other hikers, dog walkers, and in the winter, cross-country skiers. The trail is rich in both scenery and history. You will pass plenty of helpful signs, detailing interesting geological features, wildlife species, and Alaska Native history along the way. With a sharp eye, and some luck, you may also spot beluga whales chasing salmon, Dall Sheep chewing their cud, bald eagles in the trees, and maybe even moose or bears roaming about the forest.
Take in the flawless views of glacier-covered mountains, the fragrance of the fresh flowers, and the changes in scenery from meadows and forests to dramatic ocean views.
Pack a lunch in your backpack: The trail offers plenty of covered picnic tables along the way. Alternatively, on the Bird side of the trail, dining options include the Turnagain Armpit BBQ and the Brown Bear Saloon. Girdwood has many dining options beginning with the Ice Cream shop and Coast Pizza at the conclusion of the trail.
This is a self-guided tour utilizing the silty ocean water and an unmistakable paved trail as your constant reliable navigation. The trip to Girdwood has the ocean on your right, and the trip to Bird has the ocean on your left.
Duration: 1-days (Roundtrip from Bird Creek Campground in the Chugach State Park. )
- Bike Rental - Rad Rover 6+ E-bike
- Adjustable Safety Bike Helmet
- Trail Map
- Bike Lock
Duration: daily rental, select your pick-up time when added to your shopping cart
- This is a self-guided tour. Most guest's complete one direction of the trail from Bird to Girdwood in under an hour.
- Pick up your E-bike in Bird Creek, ride the trail to Girdwood and head back to Bird to finish your trip at your own pace.
- Minimum age: 14 years old
- Maximum weight: 275 lbs
- Recommended height range: 5'-2" through 6'-2"
- Signed liability waiver
- This tour meets at the Bird Creek Campground in the Chugach State Park (South Parking Lot). Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
What are E-bikes?
E-bikes are regular bikes that have a motor attached powered by a rechargeable battery. The E-bikes are set up so that the rider can choose between a light pedal assist, giving you a gentle boost, or a maximum assist that gives you enough power to conquer hills without even breaking a sweat.
Who can ride an E-bike?
Guests 14 years of age and older are welcome to rent an E-bike. Please review tour requirments for size appropriateness and leave a comment at check out if you have additional questions.
Are there any age, weight or height restrictions?
Minimum age is 14 years old, maximum weight is 275 lbs and recommended height range is between 5'-2" - 6'-2"
Is this a self-guided tour?
Yes. You will meet our local contact at your selected departure time and the bike is yours for the day.
Will my E-bike have storage?
No, the bikes are not outfitted with storage.
What should I wear?
You may be surprised at the level of wind, especially with the speed you may get up to on an E-bike. Please consider an extra layer for warmth or a windbreaker. Sunglasses are a great idea as well. Your rental includes the recommended safety bike helmet, proper tennis shoes are also recommended.
What should I bring with me?
Bring water and if you'd like, pack a lunch in your backpack. The trail offers plenty of picnic tables along the way and dining options in Bird or Girdwood.
Will I see any wildlife on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife watching tour and nothing can be guaranteed. Bears are regularly spotted on this trail, please consider bringing bear spray or bear deterrent of your choice. (this can be provided at a small fee on the day of your tour)
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