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Circle-Fairbanks Historic Trail

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Alt 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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Nearest CityCleary Summit, AK
AddressFish Creek Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712
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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).


LandState Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.




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


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (907) 452-8181
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
Swimming Swim AreaCleary Summit, AK
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (S)Salcha River State Recreation Site Boat Ramp (907) 269-8400
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