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Kincaid Park began life as a nuclear missile site in the Cold War.
After being decommissioned, the land was given to the city of Anchorage, and some of the buildings were repurposed for public use.
Today, you can still spot some of the old bunkers, but most importantly: Kincaid is home to some of Anchorage's best in-town trails.
This popular park serves mountain bikers, hikers and runners, road cyclists, cross country skiers, fat bikers, snowshoers...
you get the picture: just about everybody! Most of the riding at Kincaid consists of up-and-down cross country pedaling on dark black dirt.
While the old school mountain bike trails in the park are webbed with never-ending roots, today, many of the trails have been reworked with machines and feature fantastic swoop and flow with far fewer roots.
Aside from the occasional root web, the riding is non-technical and very approachable.
The hills are never too long, and the challenges are never too difficult, which makes these trails exceedingly popular with riders of all levels. Off of the main cross country loops, you'll find optional flow trail descents.
If you _do_ want to increase the difficulty of your ride at Kincaid, follow this recommended route to track down as many of these jumps as possible! These optional flow trails provide riotous ripping with big berms and entertaining hits! The hills here are all short, so the descents are over quickly, but over the course of a 15-mile ride you can enjoy a whole slew of these short, flowy downhills. At the top of most of these flow trail downhills, you'll spot signs that warn that these trails are for "experts only." While perhaps the feature-filled trails seem difficult in comparison to the easy XC singletrack lacing the rest of the park, on a global scale, the jumps found here rank as beginner jumps, perhaps intermediate difficulty at worst.
Hence, this route only gets a "Difficult" FATMAP rating, and even that might be overstating the challenge a bit. In order to pick up all of the jump trails, you might have to do a bit of backtracking and creative navigation.
But it's well worth it!