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    Iditarod NHT Turnagain Pass: bikeable?

    I've heard the new Turnagain Pass Trail on the east side of the Seward Highway is great EXCEPT for the 6 missing bridges. Is this trail bikeable enough to include on an online map of bike trails (Biking in the KMTA Corridor | KMTA) in the region? We'd include the missing bridge caveat, but having not been on the trail myself, I don't know if it is worth including this for "the general public" yet.
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    Check out the pics of crossing the Spokane Creek gully - might be a bit sketch with a bike?

    2013 Tim Kelley Alaska Performance Backcountry Skiing Photos


    scroll down to "Skiing the New Turnagain Pass Iditarod Trail"

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    Indeed sketch with a bike, especially if Tim Kelley deems it tricky by skis. Thanks!

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    Also best bet to call USFS Glacier Ranger District 907-754-2377.

    I'm sure some work has been done since 2013.
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    I forgot to say that earlier this year I talked with a former FS employee who was intimately involved in that trail construction, the bridges on the motorized side, and the construction of the huge pathway bridge on the Spencer Glacier side. I got the impression that nothing has been done since the original push.

    But, it certainly would be a good idea to check. If you do, please pass on what you learn.

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    Yes, I spoke with CNF today and the bridges remain unbuilt. The backstory is that there was only enough funding as to build the trail, not the bridges. The design work has been completed, but construction costs for the bridges isn't covered. The semi-good news is that the trail is part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and thus a CNF priority, but we're a ways from completion.

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