Mountain biking in Cooper Landing, Alaska
Home to an IMBA EPIC Ride, Johnson Pass, Cooper Landing punches above its weight for the town's small size, of around only 300 people.
The town was first settled in the 19th century by gold and mineral prospectors, and has become a popular summer tourist destination thanks to its scenic wilderness location and proximity to the world-class salmon fishery of the Kenai River and Russian River, as well as its growing bicycle tourism and mountain biking experiences.
When to go
Cooper Landing experiences summer temperatures around 62 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low around 25 degrees Fahrenheit in the midst of winter in January. The wettest months are around September and October with around 22 inches each month; and the driest months June and July with only around 7 inches.