The Gazette reports the route from Cascade to the 14,115-foot summit has only been open to cyclists on organized rides, but a recent trial program was so successful that access will become permanent. More than 1,000 cyclists participated in the program in September and attempted the nearly 7,000-foot climb that covers about 19 miles.
Cyclists 16 and older will pay the regular $10 daily admission fee or can buy an annual pass. North Slope fees and passes will not apply to those riding to the summit.
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