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    Iditarod--From Knick

    Has anyone been there yet this year? Is it rideable?
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    Iditarod--From Knick

    It's just down the road from me but I haven't tried it yet. The lakes around here are good but wetlands seem spotty, I was surprised to find open water on a ride through the woods (settlers Bay Area) with my son this weekend. Must be heat from decomposition.

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    Thanks, Matt. Sounds like we need a good cold spell.
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    Okay, so stupid question, but I'm newish to the valley, so still trying to find my way...Where's the trailhead? It is at Knik lake?

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    Yep, Knik Lake. Park at the bar. Head up in front of the museum and stay on the trail you're on or straight to the far end of a lake and take a right at the top of the steep hill. Lots of trails in that area, the "Big Lake & Pt. MacKenzie" map available in a variety of places like Sportsman's, etc, is a huge help finding your way in that area.

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    I parked at the museum just past the lake. Trail leads right out from there. Just go,straight at all the intersections and you can go a really long way until you feel like turning around. Also look for the trail map put out by the snowmachine groomers.

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    Sweet. I've got two weeks off over the holidays. I have a feeling my son and I will try to explore this area quite a bit during that time. Awesome intel. Thanks AKMatt.

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    I took a short ride on the trail from Knik to to Burma Road (about 20 miles, round drip). The trail is hard, fast, and easy to follow. The only problem is an overflow spot about 1 and 1/4 mile from the Knik museum that is iced-over and very, very, slick.
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    I went up there again this weekend. This time I took the gas line trail from the end of Ayrshire Road. The first 3.5 miles were pretty soft, but the trail firmed up nicely a little bit after the Little Su crossing. It stayed pretty firm until a few miles before Flat Horn Lake when it started getting softer again and I turned around. I saw five different dog teams and a lady on a long training run for the Susitna 100 (wow).
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    Iditarod--From Knick

    Rode it in the rain with my son. He was on a regular mtb and had no problem. Hard trails. Lots and I means lots of dog crap on the trail. Bikes need a wash now. We need some snow.

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    Anyone been out here recently? I was thinking I might give it a try tomorrow.any Intel would be cool.

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    Not since last time but we've had no snow. I was disgusted by the amount of dog poop on my bike when I cleaned it after last time. It stank up my garage. I'm sure the trails themselves are still hard and fast. We haven't had the thaw, hovering around 30 mile 9 KGB so ice shouldn't be an issue.

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    Blockphi If we're you if head out of flat lake on trail 6. Flat lake is the end of the big lake chain of lakes. The road across the lakes is in now and reports are its good. You can also drive around south big lake road and take a right on Purington it will take you down to flat lake. The entrance to trail 6 is at the west end of the lake. Mostly snowmachine traffic and usually very good trail.

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    Thanks Matt. I think I'll look into the trail 6 option.

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    Well, ended up doing Knick to Burma road. I thought that starting a ride with a long lake ride would be a bit boring for my twelve year old so the Iditarod trail seemed the better option. Yup, lots of poop, but apart from that it was great riding and a great day to be out there, even though it meant missing the matsu trails day up at GPRA.

    Next time we are going to try to ride all the way to Susitna station and camp somewhere on the way back. Thinking in March sometime.

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