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    Alaska Bike Packing trails?

    I'm looking to head up to Alaska to visit a friend and do some bike packing in August. The plan is to find about 100 miles of single track trails to do as a self supported point to point. Rideable singltrack is the key here, I've never been much of a fan of dirt roads, or double track.

    It appears that my google skills are lacking, b/c I'm having a heck of a time finding large networks of trails that string together. Can anyone recomend a trail network that can allow some overland bike travel? Idealy we would like to be getting up and over more than a few mountain passes, and I would like to be able to see at least one glacier flow.

    Can anyone help me out?

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    You could do Johnson pass trail along with Resurection pass and Devils pass. These are Kenai Pennisula trails. Hope you are in great shape ! lol

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    Jeff,

    Thanks for the tip. How wet will this area be during August? I ask as I am not famluar with the areas that have permafrost / tussock.

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    Chad

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    Just looked at the map, way farther south than I orgionaly thought. I guess a better question is, does the rain keep this area a mud bowl over the summer?

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    I might recommend...

    ...Hope to Seward...
    Start in Hope and ride to Coopers Landing via the Resurrection Trail, road ride a mile or three and head South on the Russian Lakes trail. Veer right at the Russian Lakes / Russian River junction. Proceed to the Exit Glacier trailhead. Make noise, keep an eye out for Bear, enjoy. Supposedly the trail has received some maintenance since the last time I went through...
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    trail conditions on the kenai in august will likely be wet and overgrown. the best riding down there will be over the next two months. i suggest going north of anchorage.

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    There is not much singletrack north of anchorage though. Mostly mining and atv trails.

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    To do singletrack overnight trips you'll need to link up trails that are on the Kenai maps.
    No permafrost issues.. that is for the north.
    Go Hope-resurrection pass, russian lakes in reverse, then up bean creek bak to Resurrection to Devils pass-then down devils pass, take the road to the south end of Johnson's pass ride that north and take the road back to Hope. That would be a good 2 day trip. like 140 miles? no glaciers though, will be gnarly in August.

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