Where can we go backpacking off-trail near Fairbanks?

Answer:

To almost any public lands area in Alaska! National parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and BLM land all provide hiking off-trail and away from the crowds and civilization. Some popular public land destinations include: Denali National Park & Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, and Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve.