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    crust biking?

    anyone try crust biking lately? with the cooler night time temps i was thinking it might be good. maybe this weekend?
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    Yes!

    I talked to Bill at Chain Reaction today right after he and a group returned from Skookum Glacier off the Portage cutoff. They rode the crust from the road to the Glacier. Call them for more info

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    Bernie, Jessi Dullinger and I rode our fat bikes from East End Road to Caribou Lake, down Deep Creek, to the 5,000 Road and ended in Ninilchick two nights ago. We have been experiencing warm sunny days and below freezing nights. Once the sun goes down the trails set up like rock and the temps drop to the single digits.
    We started riding at 3:00 AM and made it in to Ninilchick by 9:00 AM.
    The only obstacle we encountered was open water on the North Fork. Fortunately we found a snow bridge but that option will soon be gone. If we do this route again we will bring one packraft to shuttle bikes and people. There is a trail but you could ride on the crust in any direction.
    Highly recommended.
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    wow, killer trip!
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    I've been crust riding around town in the woods and hill in the mornings. It's been killer quick fun! Russian Jack and APU area has been good. I imagine hillside and kincaid would be too. I start breaking through by noon though with the sun out and warmer temps. Just be carefull on the steep hills coming down, I punched though once today going down a steep decline and flew over the bars about 8 feet and landed on my face. Luckily no rocks or anything in the way.

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    Portage was good Tuesday.
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    Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    Portage was good Tuesday.
    Looks like someone is getting out and having fun!.....

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    I've been reading about the crust and haven't had time to get out...so I got up two hours early and went out before work. It was dark but it was still a blast! I went from the blue dot bridge and followed the creek across the tour trail. The area by the beaver ponds was great. I felt like a little kid at a skate park! The only place that was punchy was under the cottonwoods or birch trees. Hopefully it keeps freezing at night so we can enjoy these morning rides!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperBlinky View Post
    Looks like someone is getting out and having fun!.....
    Made it back there this morning. Rode over behind the boat landing into the Byron Glacier Valley on the way back from the pass. It was just starting to get soft at noon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aksinglespeeder View Post
    I've been reading about the crust and haven't had time to get out...so I got up two hours early and went out before work. It was dark but it was still a blast! I went from the blue dot bridge and followed the creek across the tour trail. The area by the beaver ponds was great. I felt like a little kid at a skate park! The only place that was punchy was under the cottonwoods or birch trees. Hopefully it keeps freezing at night so we can enjoy these morning rides!!
    No kidding, the first time I figured out I could stay on the crust I had a grin and was laughing to myself the whole way there!

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    Please, Please, Please we need a couple more cold nights................
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    That's cool

    Really cool.
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    Caribou to Ninilchick to Homer by beach

    The Homer area crust biking is disappearing fast, so late Friday night (or early Saturday morning) a crew of us rode the Caribou Lake trail to Ninilchick and then took the beach back to Homer. 80 miles, 16 hours on an hour and a half of sleep translates to a lazy Sunday.
    There may still be one more week of this awesome riding left down here. Hope to get in a few more rides before the season is done.

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    There is still crust to be had.
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    Don't worry about mud down low. The crust is still bomber. I finished riding at 10:40 this morning and it was still 25 degrees.
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    where at?

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    There"s good riding high above G'wood in the snow cat area. The road in is getting a bit chewed up from sleds but it gives the surface some texture for climbing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskairhog View Post
    where at?
    Powerline. Technically we are supposed to stay on the trail but it is hard to find under all the snow. Probably would be hard to argue you are looking for the trail at Ship Pass.......
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