Cycling Anchorage’s toughest bike climb - Arctic Valley Road
Ride 4.8 miles gaining 2,035’ at 8.1% average grade.
This is the biggest climb in the Municipality of Anchorage. It’s a tough climb too, made tougher by the fact that it’s gravel all the way. We did it on 28mm slicks without a problem.
Did we mention it is gravel . . .
. . . but, manageable on a road bike.
It is a series of steep ramps with the steepest two being at the top. You’ll want to stand up to crank through these, but you can’t because of the loose surface. This makes grinding up the final ramp into the parking lot is a real challenge. This climb can be accessed via paved bike path from Anchorage. If you drive to it, there is a large gravel parking lot at the beginning of the climb. The road crosses military land and ends at the small Arctic Valley Ski Area. The road is subject to occasional closure during live fire exercises.