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    Eagle River Corridor

    Hello, read that the Eagle River Corridor to Icicle Creek is now open to winter fat biking, question is what is the ER Corridor and what is the access point? I'm very familiar with back valley ER but haven't seen ER corridor mentioned before the CSP anouncement.

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    Not helpful that the CSP website doesn't seem to be working right now. If I remember correctly access points are Mile 7.5 and 10 of Eagle River Road, Albert Loop Snowmobile Trail and South Fork Campground. I've been wanting to get out there to see what the ice looks like, haven't had a chance yet. Let us know if you venture that way and what you find.

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    Biking in Chugach State Park, Alaska State Parks

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    (3) Eagle River Water Trail to wilderness boundary at Icicle Creek.

    Access via: ER campground, Greenbelt Access (Briggs), Mile 7.4, Mile 10, and Albert loop snowmobile corridor (ERNC)

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    Short story is there is open water. Continue reading for whole report and more info.

    We went out to the Eagle River Corridor trail on Monday for a solstice ride. We started at mile 7.4 from the parking lot marked North Fork of the Eagle River. This is a pay sight year round...as is the other access points. So don't forget your state parks pass or $5. Our plan was to go all the way to icycle creek. We went towards the nature center and the side creek we started off on was frozen solid, other than a break or two in the ice which at worst you would get your shoe wet. After about 2.5 miles you reach eagle river. It was frozen solid until we went in another mile and started to get some open ice. A bit further and the river was completly open and impassible. The river is deep and the risks where too high to try to continue. We turned around and drove up to the nature center to try from there. Got a report still some open water in the middle. As we drove out the river was wide open at the highway bridge. The river was about 1.5 miles to 1 road mile. My best guess is the whole ride would be about 25 miles from the campground to icycle creek. Anyone know the exact trail distance?

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    Don't know the total mileage, but figure it's about 9 miles from the campground to the 7.4 access, and all passable. Did some bushwacking above the open water you referenced and it wasn't worth it. Couple more gravel bars to ride and a lot more bushwacking. Started making my way up a back channel a bit below the open water and think this may lead a ways, but ran out of time yesterday, hope to make it out again in a few days to see how far it will go.

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    Made it almost all the way to Icicle Creek back on the 19th with a few off bike hikes while going up through the rapids of Echo Bend. Quite a bit of open water once past Dishwater Creek that required a bit of swacking. All in all a fun ride, but now it's a thing of the past until it all freezes up again.
    Fun fact: Crossed paths with a uni-cyclist who had followed our tracks and was crushing it without a studded tire. Props to that guy! (I think his name was Mike)

    Additional info regarding the lower river: Generally it takes a good freeze before you can easily make the section immediately above the south fork confluence. Same holds true for the crossing where the river is near the road above 7.4. The slough on the south side is typically the best travel option as there is almost always open water on the main river.

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    Thank you everyone for the replies, just got back from a Seattle vacation (was colder there than here at times, awesome) and finally made it out to mile 7.4 parking lot and onto the river, it was exciting, in a bad way... Headed upriver and encountered multiple open water spots and crappy ice. the ice ranged from solid to thin layered frozen overflow with sketchy ice below the layers. Constantly broke through 1-2" surface layers with broken up and refrozen ice below, with water seeping up through the lower layers frequently.

    Only made it maybe 1 mile upriver before giving up and wont be going back until we get more snow and a good sustained freeze.

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    ERNC icy river rampage race is scheduled for this Saturday, 2/6/16,

    Anyone have update of trail/ice conditions for the planned river route?
    http://www.ernc.org/documents/2016IRRdetails.pdf

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    There is certainly no lack of variety in the surface conditions thats for sure! Everything from textured ice to snice to 8" of overflow. As it stands the race has been postponed until the 21st. Nonetheless, the riding is still a lot of fun on the river and the access along the lower albert loop is very characteristic of the rest of the trail system. Get out and check it out!

    Just remember, the only trails open to riding at the nature center are the access road out of the parking lot down to and along the lower albert loop to the river. All other trails are off limits.

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    I went out from the mi 7.4 trailhead this past weekend, all the trails and river surface were hardpack & glare ice. Narrow studded tires would have been much preferable to fat un-studded.
    Any update on the race and upper river status?
    Last edited by GrayJay; 02-18-2016 at 01:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayJay View Post
    I went out from the mi 7.4 trailhead this past weekend, all the trails and river surface were hardpack & glare ice. Narrow tires would have been much preferable to fat un-studded.
    Any update on the race and upper river status?
    FYI - According to the regs, only fat tire bikes are allowed in that area, so narrow tires would not be an option.

    An update posted about the race on the race facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1662...ve_tab=posts):

    "Hey everyone, sorry for the radio silence, we've been working round the clock to pull a course together for Sunday! We've got a course and are just waiting on permit approval from CSP. New race venue will be Briggs Bridge day use area in Eagle River. We will post a map and course info most likely tomorrow. Again, just waiting on CSP to ok the new course before posting more info.
    It Should be a fun and challenging course.....remember we are dealing with less than ideal conditions, so expect some ice, some snow, some rock gravel bars....and a little cyclocross action-gotta get off your bike to get through a small section smile emoticon. More info tomorrow......"

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    according to regs everyone should stay home.
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