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Old 10-01-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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hey bought a 2006 kl650 wanted to test it on some trails or anything similar, does anyone know of any good places in/around/close to anchorage? Im fairly new to riding so looking to start off easy but open to any challenges. thanks
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:58 AM   #2
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be able to help in fairbanks area. next summer will be going all over the state (road and trail system). how's the weather down there?
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Rain rain rain...some snow on the tops, you guys buried yet?
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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was in the 50's today and not a drop of water
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:53 PM   #5
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Kind of a late response, I know, but some decent trail riding for the KLR can be found out at Jim Creek. The trails down to the river are easily within the bikes ability but still technical enough to be fun. Word of warning, though, when the trails are wet/muddy the stock tires don't do very well. I found that when I switched from the stock Dunlops to the more aggressive Kendas it got a lot less scary crossing the mud pits.

Riding the wet sand next to the river turned out to be excellent training for winter riding on studded tires as well. Both types of riding require smooth inputs and no sudden acceleration/turns/braking.

Remember to grease your chain up good before heading out there, and wash everything after you are done. That stuff isn't really "sand" but glacial silt, and left to its own devices will tear the cr@p out of any moving parts if you let it sit in there too long.

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Old 01-10-2010, 02:53 PM   #6
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Another belated reply, as I just discovered this "Alaska" forum...

As Skyd1v mentioned, there is some good trail riding in the Palmer-Butte area. The Valley is much better than Los Anchorage for off-road adventures. There are trails around Sutton, too, that are pretty good. You might check out King River up that way. Another great place for a KLR is Hatcher Pass. You can stay on the road or go off on one of the side roads that can give you plenty of challenge and practice.
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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i am late also,,, mile 25 of the seward has a trail that goes above tree line awesome view but it is steep narrow and is snowed in till at least june one of my favorite spots though
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:26 AM   #8
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mile 25 of the seward has a trail that goes above tree line awesome view but it is steep narrow and is snowed in till at least june one of my favorite spots though
My son and I thinking of riding down to Seward and/or Hope this weekend, from Anchorage. Anyone have any suggestions for interesting side roads on the way? That one at mile 25 sounds good but it would still be snowed in. Any others?

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Old 05-27-2010, 05:11 PM   #9
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i havent been up the mile 25 trail yet but there is a over look off nash road that is cool we were watching sea lions eat reds yesterday. the exit glacier road is open so you can go right up to the glacier and walk on it,,, there is a small trail called the ididarod that goes aways into the woods that isnt to technical if you wanted to try that also. i will be at the train depot if you want to stop by. train comes in at 100 so i am busy then but can talk after or during the day
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:39 AM   #10
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i havent been up the mile 25 trail yet but there is a over look off nash road that is cool we were watching sea lions eat reds yesterday. the exit glacier road is open so you can go right up to the glacier and walk on it,,, there is a small trail called the ididarod that goes aways into the woods that isnt to technical if you wanted to try that also. i will be at the train depot if you want to stop by. train comes in at 100 so i am busy then but can talk after or during the day
Thanks akwatercraft, We'll check out the nash road, I'd heard that some reds were in. Maybe we'll go see Exit Glacier too, Ryan hasn't been there since he was little. If we can we'll stop and say hi.

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Old 06-29-2010, 06:11 PM   #11
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Another late reply, but better late than never, eh?

Anyhoo, there's a pull-off at Tern Lake that has an entrance to the Old Sterling Hwy. I've been a little ways down it and it was a lot of fun. I'd love to hit it again with a few others, and my 14 tooth sprocket.

It looks like there's a couple of options on where to go with it. It meets up with Quartz Creek Rd and goes back onto the real highway if you just want a short little detour.

The interesting option that I would really be keen to explore is where the Old Sterling meets up with Crescent Creek Trail. I have no idea what the trail looks like, but it winds clear around through the mountains, past a number of lakes, and then back onto the Seward Highway at Upper Trail Lake.

Here's the link to the intersection of the Old Sterling Hwy and Crescent Creek Trail: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie...40512&t=h&z=15


Follow the Old Sterling Hwy to the NNE, and you'll see where it "starts" near Tern Lake. (The Old Sterling is labeled as "Jeep Trail")

Following Crescent Creek Trail to the NE, you'll see the long and most likely adventurous trail that I am determined to explore.

Quartz Creek Road meets up with the highway to the SW.

If anyone is interested in seeing what's there, please let me know. Maybe I'll start a thread to coordinate something?

I have NO idea how technical it will get, what we'll find, or if it's even possible and passable. (Good thing I chose a KLR, 'cause I'm GOING to find out )
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:09 PM   #12
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Tweak - I'd be interested if we can work out a time - in-laws are in town starting tomorrow, and it's a busy weekend coming up, but if we can manage to sneak it in I'd be game. Tobias has his KLR up for sale, but as long as it's still his, I'm sure he'd be game too... again, if we can arrange the time. PM sent.

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Edit: Now, looking at the map, I've been up that trail a little way, but was headed back to ANC when I found it so didn't have much time to keep going... If I recall I think I went a mile or two past the end of the 'maintained road.' It's do-able... not sure how far.

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Old 07-10-2010, 10:58 PM   #13
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I don't believe the Crescent Creek trail is for motorized travel. I've been on the trail you mentioned and past the head of Crescent Lake (south side) it's pretty overgrown, and past the first pass to Kenai Lake it's more of a rumor. I'm pretty sure the Carter Lake side is foot only though part of it used to be a road.

The snug harbor road (first right turn heading south across the Kenai River bridge at Cooper landing is a very pretty 12 mile in side trip. There used to be an access road from the dam at Cooper Lake down Cooper Creek to the Kenai River & would come out at Cooper Landing. Would require some scouting but it shows up on the Google maps.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:51 PM   #14
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Oops. That's the first left turn after crossing the Kenai River bridge at Cooper Landing heading south. I'm always headed north there. Just a dirt road so not very challenging but very pretty.
https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...45447&t=h&z=15
You can follow the Snug Harbor road all the way to Cooper Lake. Some years ago I drove a 4X along the shore to the dam and that should still be good since it's a fishing lake and fishermen are almost as tenacious as geriatric bikers. Anyway the Cooper Dam road might be doable if it connects around the dam (still) look here:
https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...45447&t=h&z=15

Not very high res I'm afraid.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:53 PM   #15
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I don't believe the Crescent Creek trail is for motorized travel. . . ..
Yes, it's closed. I was down on the Peninsula this weekend and decided to do a little scouting while there. Crescent Creek Trail is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 to November 30.

On the flip side, as I was exploring the roads around Quartz Creek I noticed a few other trails that would be ethical for riding. There were a couple of power line trails that looked real promising, and a few miscellaneous.

It looks like it would be a lot of fun to camp at Quartz Creek for a weekend to explore all of the smaller trails. There would always be the Old Sterling to play on as well.

Yep, I'm gonna have to do it. It sounds like too much fun. Sometime in August would be perfect, because then the Dollies should be hitting beads.
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hey bought a 2006 kl650 wanted to test it on some trails or anything similar, does anyone know of any good places in/around/close to anchorage? Im fairly new to riding so looking to start off easy but open to any challenges. thanks
Hatcher's Pass is close and a good days ride. Not tough by any means and you can go off on the side trails if you want some tougher stuff. Petersville Rd over in Trapper Creek is a good road too and don't forget Burma Rd towards Big Lake. I havent been on Burma myself but I hear its good. I just wnet down to Hope last week and rode the Palmer Creek Rd and was in great shape, wished it was more soupy and muddy as it would have been more fun.
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