The Sheep Creek Trail is a wide, smooth gravel path that leads west out of Fairbanks along Sheep Creek Road. Runners can pick up the trail from the University of Alaska Campus, near the Georgeson Botanical Garden. It winds along the road for a little under 3.5 miles, where it meets the Obrian Powerline Trail. There are several options here. Runners can turn around on the Sheep Creek Trail for an out and back of 7 miles, or set out to explore the wide array of trails in the Ester Dome area. It’s a popular mountain biking spot, but well-loved by trail runners as well. Options in the Ester Dome area range from moderate singletrack loops around the Goldstream Valley to a ferocious fire road climb to the top of Ester Dome.
Our route map shows the Sheep Creek Trail to where it meets the Obrian Powerline Trail.