General Information – Race Related

Most people fly into Anchorage from outside Alaska. Registration is held the Thursday before the
races and the Awards Ceremony the Monday after the races, and in Anchorage. All races start at
Sheep Mountain Lodge, 115 miles NE of Anchorage, a 2.5 hour drive on good roads from
Anchorage. The 50, 100, and 400 mile races end at the Sheep Mountain Lodge. The 200 race and
300 ride end in Valdez, on the coast.

REI in Anchorage will accept shipped bikes, assemble them if you wish, and tune them. All bike
shops in Anchorage have expert mechanics.

REI: 907-272- 4565


Weather is usually 40-50 at night and 60+ during the day. Rain showers can be common, depending
on the year, on the Fireweed course.

Weather Sheep Mountain: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ak/sutton

The Race Course Itself

The Fireweed 400 will start on the Glenn Highway at Sheep Mountain Lodge, roughly 100 miles
northeast of Anchorage, and run to Valdez and back a total distance of approximately 392 miles.
The National Scenic Byway states “The Glenn Highway is a place where geology, culture, and
scenery come together to create the majestic and rugged landscape that can only be seen in
Alaska.” Wildflowers growing along the roadside in July include fireweed, sweet pea, lupine,
cinquefoil, Jacob’s ladder, and milk-vetch. The Glenn Highway was completed in 1944 linking the
Alaska-Canada Highway to Anchorage. Before its completion there was no road access to
Anchorage from the Lower 48.

The riders will be surrounded for most of the race on the Glenn and Richardson highways by the
Talkeetna Range and the Chugach Mountains. In the first 15 miles of the route, racers will find a
couple of steep climbs. The first six miles has a 1000 foot elevation rise. At approximately 15 miles
from the start, riders will reach Eureka Summit (3,322), the highest point of the Glenn Highway. In
the next 60 miles to Glennallen, the route descends gradually to an elevation of approximately 1000
feet.Traveling east to Glennallen, bikers will have views of the Wrangells, including Mount Sanford
(elevation 16,237 ft), Mount Drum (elevation 12,010 ft), Mount Wrangell (elevation 14, 163 ft), and
Mount Blackburn (elevation 16,390 ft). Along with the Saint Elias Mountains, the Wrangells contain
the most spectacular array of glaciers and ice fields outside of the polar regions. The Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve is the nation’s largest national park, and
with the adjacent Kluane National Park of Canada, are designated a World Heritage site by the
United Nations.

Places to Stay

Sheep Mountain Race Start
Sheep Mountain Lodge
Race Start Headquarters- Glenn Highway mile 113.5
1-877- 645-5121

Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
Mile 114.9 Glenn Hwy

Matanuska Lodge
13 miles toward Anchorage from race start

Grand View Lodge Cafe & RV Park
mile 109.5

Tundra Rose Guest Cottages
mile 109.5

Caribou Hotel
located in Glennallen

Tsaina Lodge
located in Valdez
Use Discount Code Fireweed2018 for 15% off!


For those finishing in Valdez, consider returning to Anchorage via the State Ferry system. You could
take the ferry from Valdez to Whittier, and ride or hitch to Anchorage from Whittier, approximately 50
miles. You must make your reservations early with the Alaska Marine Highway.
1 800 642-0066

For Rooms in Valdez
Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau is helpful to those in our race:

Alaska Hotels | Anchorage Lodging | Visit Anchorage