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#6025138 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: AkMtnHntr
Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
I got pretty big into riding ATV's when the army brought me to Alaska. If any of you watch Fisher's ATV World, the Knik River Public Use area was listed by Fisher as being one of the top five places to ride ATV's in the world. In approximately 50 miles round trip (give or take, depending on how many side trails you take) you can go all the way out to the Knik and George glaciers. (looks like one glacier - it's where the two meet.) I've been out there more times than I can count. I always see wildlife, usually bald eagles, moose, sheep on the cliffs and occasionally a wolf or two. I feel blessed to have such a beautiful riding area so close.
I've ridden that area many times myself but I wouldn't call it one of the top 5 places to ride an atv. I can think of at least 3 other trails in Alaska that are better. I quit riding Jim Creek because of the idiots that ride out there and my wife won't have anything to do with that place. I've done the spring cleanup out there and the kind of garbage and amount they leave out there is flat out embarrassing. You would think that after a year or 2 of cleanups that it would remain clean but unfortunately that's not the case.

If you want a ride that goes through some beautiful country, try riding Belanger Pass and the trail that goes around the small lake on the other side of the pass. Beautiful country out that way.


I agree that it's not much fun to be there with the riff-raff, but I've found that very few of them venture very far passed Jim Creek. It's usually much quieter, and a much better class of folks the closer you get to the glacier. I also have the good fortune to have odd days off since I'm in the Army, so I usually ride in the middle of the week when there is usually very few people out there at all. It has gotten better with increased Trooper presence in the last couple of years. Hopefully it will become a family friendly place again. I do the cleanup every year that I'm home too. It is a bit depressing how much garbage is dumped there every year. I'd be interested to try Belanger Pass sometime too. I'll have to break out my Atlas when I get home and take a trip out there.
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#6025324 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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My last bike was a Honda Rincon 650. I like my new one much better. It's smaller much easier to manuver and a lot quieter. I've always had great luck with Honda's so I stick with them.

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#6025665 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Belanger is easy to find. Drive towards Eureka, once you get past Gunsight mtn you'll see a pulloff on the left or you can take the dirt road that goes back to a bunch of houses/cabins on the left. Follow the sign that will eventually take you to the right.

The Trail goes over a big hill, when you get over it and to the other side you'll see a lake dead ahead at the bottom, take the trail just to the right and it will take you around the lake on the left at the base of the mtn. Just follow that trail for about 3-5 miles and you'll come to a creek, it can be a pia to cross sometimes but it depends on water levels. Once you get around that creek the trail goes to the right and you just follow it. You'll see an old mine and a little further back you'll see a cabin. Watch for caribou and grizz too, we always see them when we ride out that way.

Or if you find the time, you could always follow us out there. We like to go up and stay in our enclosed trailer for the weekend and hang out at the big gravel pit near Gunsight.
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#6025688 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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#6025812 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: Seminole39]
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#6025981 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: Mink]
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#6026697 - 01/10/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: badger]
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As much as I like the Honda's, they should have called that one the Hippo. lol
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#6027246 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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#6028020 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
fish head Offline
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Originally Posted By: AkMtnHntr
Belanger is easy to find. Drive towards Eureka, once you get past Gunsight mtn you'll see a pulloff on the left or you can take the dirt road that goes back to a bunch of houses/cabins on the left. Follow the sign that will eventually take you to the right.

The Trail goes over a big hill, when you get over it and to the other side you'll see a lake dead ahead at the bottom, take the trail just to the right and it will take you around the lake on the left at the base of the mtn. Just follow that trail for about 3-5 miles and you'll come to a creek, it can be a pia to cross sometimes but it depends on water levels. Once you get around that creek the trail goes to the right and you just follow it. You'll see an old mine and a little further back you'll see a cabin. Watch for caribou and grizz too, we always see them when we ride out that way.

Or if you find the time, you could always follow us out there. We like to go up and stay in our enclosed trailer for the weekend and hang out at the big gravel pit near Gunsight.


This post brings back memories. Not with a ATV's but with snowmachines. I drove past the spots you're talking about every time on the way to Eureka. It was my most absolute favorite place in Alaska to ride snowmachines.

Thanks.

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#6028084 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: fish head]
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#6028867 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: weaselsRus]
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Those were sooo cool! a guy down the street from me had one and we traded for a day. The handling was different but once I got the hang of it I had a good time on it.

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#6029318 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: fish head]
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I've only ridden out that way once on the sleds and that was about 3 years ago. We haven't had a lot of snow up that way the last few years but we are getting it now so I might have to get up there and do a ride back Horse Pasture Pass and beyond. I've heard that when the snow gets deep up there, the riding is phenomenal.
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#6029398 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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I haven't gotten much into sleds yet, but I'm getting more interested in winter predator hunting and I'm thinking a good sled would be a natural companion for that. I'll probably look for a light-weight, long track machine that will get me out and back reliably, not a screaming fast race sled. Something along the lines of a Bravo 250.
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#6029712 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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I would get something a bit faster that could handle the deep snow, a fan cooled 550 Summit would be ideal IMO. Plus it will give you the versatility of playing off trail and in the mountains.
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#6030161 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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Once the snow gets deep enough to cover up the willows it's fantastic. There's endless rolling hills and valleys to the NW. One thing I really liked about riding there is in ten or fifteen minutes you're off the trails and riding in a powder paradise. You can take a break at mid-day and come back to the lodge for a hot meal, gas up and go back out.

We all rode big mountain machines to take advantage of the powder and off trail is no place for anything less. Getting stuck all day is a pain in the azz.

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#6030227 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: fish head]
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I ride a mountain sled and am chomping at the bit to get out for a ride but it's suppose to be fuggin cold this weekend. I'll hit Eureka, probably Boulder Creek and Caribou Creek before spring gets here.
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#6031525 - 01/11/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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Originally Posted By: AkMtnHntr
I ride a mountain sled and am chomping at the bit to get out for a ride but it's suppose to be fuggin cold this weekend. I'll hit Eureka, probably Boulder Creek and Caribou Creek before spring gets here.


Have you ridden the Nebesna Road area?

Ed
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#6032663 - 01/12/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: APDDSN0864]
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Ed, Nabesna Rd trails have been closed for trail studies for about 3 years. Went in there last year and Park Circus said they have been reopened with a trail permit. When I hunted off Nabesna rd. we called it the barrens for lack of moose. And there were always rams but most sub legal.
Sorry I thought we were still talking 4 wheelers!

But the country alone is worth seeing! And some nice local residents live off of Nabesna rd.

Dealing with PS has at times been unpleasant depending on staff.


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#6034473 - 01/12/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: APDDSN0864]
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I rode a couple of trails off the Nabesna rd a few years ago while sheep hunting with my wife. Some pretty country back there, lots of sheep but not much in the way of legal rams. We had to get a permit to ride our wheelers from the PS and this was after we had driven nearly to the end of the Nabesna rd becuase we didn't know about the need for a permit until it was too late.
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#6034833 - 01/12/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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That's what I get for being gone so long.

Things change. PS has always been difficult. I think they intentionally recruit anti-hunters and ship them to AK.

Nebesna has always been one of my favorite areas. Yeah, not many moose, but it used to produce some BIG rams. Hopefully that will come back.

Ed
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#6034899 - 01/12/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: APDDSN0864]
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I'll definitley be going back down there again to ride but will probably skip the hunting. Like I said, beautiful country down that way.
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#6035594 - 01/12/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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#6037084 - 01/13/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: passport]
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For guad sake man, get some mud on that thing!


Oh, I have . . .

Had to take a pic of it like that (new), 'cause they never look that good again!
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#6037127 - 01/13/12 Re: What do you ride? [Re: TXRam]
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I just thought this might be a good place to ask.... My son has a Yamaha Grizzly 80 that I bought him when he was 7. He's 12 now and although his skills have progressed to the point that he can get that little thing into some amazing places, I think he's ready to move up to something bigger and a 4X4. He's a bit on the small size for his age though, so light weight is a plus. I'll be buying used, so reliability is also a must. Any recommendations from ya'll?
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