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Biking in Valdez

Biking is an option in Valdez no matter the season! There are several well-maintained paths around town, including the DOT Valdez Bike Path, a paved, 6.5-mile trail that starts in town and offers many opportunities to spot wildlife. For riders that enjoy more rugged terrain, there are also several trails around town perfect for mountain biking, such as Mineral Creek Trail. Come winter, fat tire biking is a popular outdoor activity. If conditions allow, visitors can bike on the frozen Valdez Glacier Lake alongside icebergs and Valdez Glacier. In April, riders roll into Valdez for the annual Fat Bike Bash, which features a kid-friendly bike parade and several races, including a thrilling downhill race in Thompson Pass.

The Bike Path

The Valdez DOT Bike Path begins on Hanagita Street near the hospital and continues past the Crooked Creek Salmon Spawning area.  The bike path is paved and runs adjacent to the Valdez Duck Flats, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife and wildflowers while on your bike ride. 

a couple rides bikes on a scenic bike path

Photo from Valdez Electric Bike Rentals

Fat Biking in Valdez

Fat biking in Valdez is unlike anywhere else in Alaska. Accessible and family-friendly, multi-use, winter groomed trails can be found right in town. Valdez Adventure Alliance pays for regular grooming of Shoup Bay Trail, which is level and short, perfect for a quick or easy ride. Or, bike along Mineral Creek, where biking “up” leads to a waterfall-studded canyon or downstream ends at Prince William Sound, where, if the tide is out, you can also enjoy a beach ride. Just past Valdez Airport, the fat fun kicks up a notch and the type of scenery that makes Valdez so memorable is just a short ride across frozen Valdez Glacier Lake, where its glacial alleyways, ice caves, icebergs and other selfie-worthy scenes await discovery. Adventurous riders know that packed snow conditions open up endless riding along snow machine tracks to popular cross country and downhill descents on Thompson Pass that are limited only by a rider’s energy and imagination.

two fat bikers ride in snow through a Valdez forest

Photo by Seed Media

Bike Services in Valdez

If you're interested in hitting the trails in Valdez, consider a bike rental with one of our bike rental shops. If you have your own bicycle and need a tune up, bicycle repair services are also available in town.