Fairbanks Creek Road and Fairbanks-Circle Historical Trail
Directions: Take the Steese Highway
from Fox toward Chatanika to the top of Cleary Summit.
Turn right onto Fish Creek Road (toward Skiland).
Continue about 3/4 mile to Fairbanks Creek Road which is marked by a
standard green and white street sign. Park
without blocking either Fish Creek or Fairbanks Creek Road.
The road starts downhill for about 1.6 miles, dropping approximately 300
feet (average grade is about 3.5%, just a little more than half as steep as the
steep hill on Old Murphy Dome Road). Climb
back up about 150 feet during the next 0.5 mile, and then drop more steeply to
the historic Fairbanks-Circle Trailhead. Turn
left at the wide spot to access the trail. You
can stop and turn around here for an approximately five-mile round trip.
Alternatively, you can continue about another 1.3 miles on the
Fairbanks-Circle trail to a scenic viewpoint offering 360° vistas.
I look forward to exploring this area more once my dogs and I are in better shape. To get an idea of the potential for a longer trip in this area, visit the Fairbanks Bicycle Club's website and the route description posted there.