ABOUT SCENIC TURNAGAIN ARM BIKE PATH AND THE BORE TIDE
The paved path runs between shore and glacier-covered mountains. You’re likely to see wildlife along the way, including beluga whales and other sea mammals in the inlet and big game on dry land, such as Dall sheep. Part of the trail uses the old road, which was rerouted, and part of the trail occupies an old rail bed. Along the trail are interpretive signs about the various interesting geologic features.
Dramatic views of the water and mountains lead to the Bird Point lookout. With panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, Bird Point is the perfect place to watch the Bore Tide. The bore tide is a huge wave advancing down Turnagain Arm in a wall of water… up to 10-feet high! It’s a dramatic show of nature’s power for sure. You will often see adventurers surfing and kayaking the wave! Bore tides come in after extreme minus low tides created by the full or new moon.
The Bore Tide arrival time is only an estimate. It can arrive sooner or later based on the winds. Westerly Wind = Early Arrival. Easterly Wind = Late Arrival. So, it is best to arrive 20 minutes prior to estimated time of arrival. A picnic or snacks are great options while waiting for the Bore Tide to arrive.
Roundtrip Mileage: 5 – 13 miles from AKRR depot
If 13 miles seems like a lot… there are many beautiful lookout points along the way to watch the Bore Tide! In fact, here is a video of the Bore Tide viewed from a lookout only 3 miles down the path.
The path has many great lookout points along the way… so you do not have to cycle the entire way to Bird Point to enjoy the Bore Tide! There are 2 hill-climbs if you bike the entire way to Bird Point.
View Bore Tide Schedule Here: Girdwood Bike Adventures BORE TIDE SCHEDULE 2018
SUGGESTED SCHEDULE FOR BIKING TO THE BORE TIDE
Gird to Bird
6.5 mile ride
optional and encouraged photo-op stops
:: 45-60 Minutes
View the Bore Tide :: 15 – 30 Minutes
Bird to Gird
6.5 mile return ride
:: 45-60 Minutes
TOTAL :: +/- 3 Hours
The Bore Tide arrival time is only an estimate. It can arrive sooner or later based on the winds. So, it is best to arrive 20 minutes prior to estimated time of arrival. A picnic or snacks are great options while waiting for the Bore Tide to arrive.