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Circle-Fairbanks Historic Trail

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Other Names

Cleary Summit, 55 Mile Trail, Chena Hot Springs, Mcmanus Creek, Twelvemile House, Twelve Mile Summit, Smith Creek, Frozenfoot Creek, Mt. Ryan, Twin Buttes, Dexter Creek, Crane Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This old mining trail offers miles of scenic mountain views, numerous creek crossings. There are two staging areas, one near Cleary Summit and one near Twelve Mile Summit.

The trail is usually not passable until June and is very popular with ATVs and 4x4s. The terrain has a lot of sharp rocks and is really more of a slow and leisurely type of ride. During the winter months the trails can be explored by snowmobiles.

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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCleary Summit, AK
AddressFish Creek Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Fairbanks, AK
1) Take AK-2 North about 9 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Fairbanks Creek Road, continue .8 miles
3) Staging area is on the right.

For the Twelve Mile Summit Staging Area:
4) Continue north past the intersection for Fairbanks Creek Road about 60 miles
5) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoFairbanks Area State Forestry Office
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 451-2600


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Circle-Fairbanks Historic Trail

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Approx Size64,000 acres (100 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail55
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1500 to 3100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Sourdough Fuel (907) 457-4663
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Sourdough Fuel (907) 457-4663
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Tanana Valley Campground & RV Park (907) 456-7956
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Tanana Valley Campground & RV Park (907) 456-7956
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Sourdough Fuel (907) 457-4663
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