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    Knik Glacier Ride

    Rode out to Knik Glacier yesterday. Was a chilly -11F. 5hrs out and 3hr back. ~40 miles round trip. Broke trail most of the way out there, with the last few miles being quite frustrating as there were drifts you'd punch through and ice-ruts beneath the snow that would force you to get off the bike. Got close to our turn-around time, but made it to the glacier. There was a group behind us that had it much better, able to use our tracks. Weaved around the rivers a bit too, finding where we could cross and avoid any open water. Since the glacier is 20 miles down the valley and you can see it nearly the whole time, it seemed the entire time that just we never got closer no matter how much we pedaled, until about the last 2 miles. Just a beautiful clear cold day on the bike.
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    Tim and Jeremy at a stop.
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    Jeremy and Tim riding.
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    Tim riding.
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    Come on guys, it's only another 20 miles!
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    There was a lot of weaving left and right to avoid open water and find places to cross. Water doesn't necessarily freeze at -11F.
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    There wasn't much pushing and what we pushed we could generally ride on the way back.
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    Selfie I somehow managed to capture.
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    Me at the glacier:
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    Very cool!
    Looks like a big day!
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    Nice photos and writeup James. Looks like you had a lot more sun than when we were out there in December, we rode in the shade the whole way there and back.
    Would rather be out riding!

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    Great. Great. Thanks for the post. Hope to make it out there some day.

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    Made a run on Friday with a group of ten others, -4F to start, warmed up to low twenties as the sun got higher. Super conditions. Always fun to make this trip. Highlights video below....

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    Endo, where'd you guys start from? Jim Creek or Hunter? I was out putzing around there on Saturday from Jim Creek and it was like a highway for the twelve and a half miles i headed out toward the glacier (Was a last minute ride, so I knew I wasn't going to try for the glacier itself.) Thinking of taking out a group of coworkers this weekend. Just wondering if Hunter would be a better starting point to cut out some miles for the less experienced riders. My other thought was to start at Jim Creek with my old burban and drive out about ten miles and ride the rest of the way.

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    Hey Phil, long time no hear. We started from Hunter Creek, at most a nine mile run up to the lake outlet. Trail hard packed and fast. If conditions hold through to this weekend do it!
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    Yeah, we went back and did it again. Freaking amazing stuff.

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    Cool stuff Jayem. Haven't looked directly into the ice of glacier in some time now. Nothing quite like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndoRando View Post
    Hey Phil, long time no hear. We started from Hunter Creek, at most a nine mile run up to the lake outlet. Trail hard packed and fast. If conditions hold through to this weekend do it!
    Endo - I've got a group of about 6 heading out there this weekend to ride - question for you - did you take off from the bridge right before the road turns gravel and the parking area or is there another trailhead further up the road that I'm missing?

    Thanks!

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    Also wondering about where to find trailhead for shorter (~20 mi roundtrip) Hunter Creek trailhead. Any river crossings necessary on this route? Some of us have studs, some don't--any super icy stretches at the moment? Thanks!

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    It's 9ish miles up the old Knik road to the Hunter Creek Bridge. Turnout is just past the bridge on the left. Access to the creek is back across the bridge now on your right. There will be some ice on the lake but it can be done without studs, carefully. A couple of us will be leaving from there at a little after 10:00 tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    It's 9ish miles up the old Knik road to the Hunter Creek Bridge. Turnout is just past the bridge on the left. Access to the creek is back across the bridge now on your right. There will be some ice on the lake but it can be done without studs, carefully. A couple of us will be leaving from there at a little after 10:00 tomorrow.
    Sryanak - can't wait to hear a condition report from ya.

    My group is heading out on Saturday morning at 10:30. All the pictures I've seen from the last two weeks look like it'll be awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    It's 9ish miles up the old Knik road to the Hunter Creek Bridge. Turnout is just past the bridge on the left. Access to the creek is back across the bridge now on your right. There will be some ice on the lake but it can be done without studs, carefully. A couple of us will be leaving from there at a little after 10:00 tomorrow.
    Thanks!

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    Hey Rando, cool video, and great pics, Jayem! Thanks!
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    Conditions were almost perfect today. Trail was hard and fast. I suspect it will be a wee bit crowded on the weekend!
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    Conditions were almost perfect today. Trail was hard and fast. I suspect it will be a wee bit crowded on the weekend!
    Awesome!

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    Cool pics!

    I'll add this PSA from the Anchorage Fatbiking FB Page:

    *Private Property: A concerned member of the community up Knik road has had bikers cutting through his yard. He counted 40 people in one day this week- which is up from 2 per day last year. He was very polite, yet concerned about the increased popularity of the Knik glacier ride. I told him I'd pass the word along. The bridge before the parking lot is where cyclists should access the trail.
    It's an amazing ride, enjoy! Stop by the lodge after your ride, you'll be hungry. Plus, they have a solid beer selection and great views!
    FYI, we did the bike out to Knik Glacier yesterday, and the parking areas near the Hunter Creek bridge were full and overflowing onto the roadway. The road is narrow there and with all of the parking on the shoulder, apparently neighbors were concerned about traffic safety. A police officer drove by and warned us that they may start giving tickets if people don't do a better job parking off of the road.
    Best legal fat bike access to Knik Glacier is off Buckshot, by permission, through Knik Glacier Tours. I talked to Tom today. On the map find "Thomas Faussett" and park and access through the right side of the property. Don't block the neighbors on the left.
    Hunter Creek has a legal pull-out, and although the neighbors are tolerant, legal access appears to be down the Creek itself, since the banks are private.
    More legal access is a few miles back at the trails across from the Fire Station on Ben Hur, as it is BLM land adjacent to the Knik Public Use Ara.
    Be careful on the river, as Tom says the past two years the channel up from Hunter Creek didn't freeze. This year it's good but breakup is coming! He is hoping to plow a parking area, provide a porta-potty and run fat bike tours next winter. Of course we'll need to chip in maybe five bucks to cover costs, but that sounds reasonable to me!
    North side access is at Jim Creek, but it's about 20 miles each way instead of 10 from the Hunter Creek area.
    Enjoy!
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