enduros or harescrambles in Alaska?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by skierd, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    With the Yukon Quest and Iron Dog races coming up, my mind's been thinking about the summer equivalent. Anybody know of any enduro's, harescrambles, or even hard dual sports in this great state? Its been a while since I bashed myself and my bike between some trees, long enough to forget how much it hurt, and I've been jonesing for some woods riding. I know there's a couple motocross tracks in the state, closest to me is in North Pole, but I always liked trails better.

    If not... would anybody be interested in working to put an event together in the Fairbanks area? :deal
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  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I feel you Skierd. That type of riding is why I bought my XR in Missouri. Rode many places I probably shouldn't have on a bike that big. Atleast thats what the guys on 250 two smokes told me. I got to ride a few miles of the Show Me 200 route.
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  3. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    I have also never heard of any organized enduro or HS events. Part of me wants to participate in such an event, but part of me thinks it'd be a cluster, and the experience would not touch freeriding in the backcountry. Always been curious about trail riding around FBKS. Never spent a summer there, only had a CB750 when i did live there. Is there a lot? Is it good? I got it good, sick sh*t right out of my front door. Come down and go riding. Maybe i'd do a Fairbanks run if i knew where the goods are.

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  4. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    I would like to explore the Chistochena trail this summer....not a race of any sort, but would e a lot of fun on the smaller bikes (thinking my WR450). Maybe we could organize a group ride some weekend. Take over the parking lot and make a weekend of it...? :ear
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  5. TheSeeker

    TheSeeker Slingin' Steel

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    Hey Skierd... Thanks for bringing this up here on the forum. I'm also craving the awesome singletrack riding I left behind in Colorado. We played around on some of the ATV trails last year. Parrish-Dakar, Crash!!! and myself even did an overnight on the Fairbanks-Circle Historic trail but I've yet to find the proper singletrack I've been craving. :cry

    I ran into a guy out in Fox on a KTM-EXC and he said there are some trails out that way but I never got clued in to the whereabouts.... but then again, I just found out yesterday that we have an ice racing track out by the airport! :freaky

    Time to order up those studs for the 800GS! :clap
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  6. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I've seen dozens of snowmachine and atv trails, but nothing I was comfortable trying out by myself on sumo wheels. There's bound to be single track out there. Or land where we can put some in with a little hatchet and chainsaw work. Might be worthwhile to start with an atlas and a GPS that accepts tracks and start exploring... Or start looking for options around the MX track on Badger Rd to extend it to a HS, if the Racing Lions are interested or able to be worked with.

    As far as comparing to free riding... yes and no. I enjoyed riding trails a lot, but I enjoy competing (or more to reality, clogging the trail while others compete around me :lol3). Sort of like going out boondocking on a snowmachine vs. racing a leg of the Iron Dog.
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  7. Drunk_Uncle

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    Hey Skierd, there is a GPS and compatable atlas. But be forewarned. Delorme Gazateer are great altases and I love my Delorme GPS, there is a steep learning curve with the GPS. + side is the screen on the GPS looks just like the pages in Gazateer. I think I am mis spelling that.
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  8. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    About 20+ years ago some trail guys put on a couple hare scrambles. Decent turnout, but as with many things up here there are a handful of guys that do all the work and they get tired of it.

    I think with the amount of KTM's and Husqvarnas dedicated to trails, the trail riding population has grown quite a bit. That and people realize that there's more to off road than the MX track. Don't get me wrong, I love the MX track, but trails are just a different beast.

    I'm happy to keep my ear to the ground for you. I try and point all new trail guys to this site to try and form a "group" of sorts. If you can't have an organized race, at least ride with some friends.

    Up north, Fairbanks/North Pole/Delta Junction/Toke, that's some of the best riding in the state, if not THE best riding in the state.
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  9. phplemel

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    I know it's a little far to travel but if you're traveling thru Whitehorse Aug 17th or Sept 22 our local club YCCMA is hosting harescrambles on those days. Awesome course, with infield endurocross obstacles and great single trackin the woods around it. The races are at a m/c specific built area, but there are miles & miles of singe track locally. PM me if you are coming thru in the summer & I'll hook you up with riding partners
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  10. Briggs

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    I was wondering if there were any enduros or HS up there. I'd even considered trying to find a place up there to put on an Extreme Enduro. My daughter and grandkids just moved to Fairbanks last week. Sounds like 2 of my 3 basic needs would be met if I came up there....1) Places to ride 2) Family 3) Now, I just need to find a job up there.
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  11. Katoomer

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    Hey AK Mud! Chistochenna trail sounds like a blast! Its been a few years since I've explored that area and I've been wanting to check it out again. Nebezna is another intriguing DS ride I've been wanting to do. The last time I had the orange beast out was Eagle Trail near Tok.....another awesome place for long legged DS mounts. Keep me posted...I'm in!
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  12. AKmud

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    You got it KT! Marbee and I will be doing some exploring on the 450s this summer for sure!

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  13. BertD07

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    Just found this post when googling "enduro events alaska". I'd love to meet up with you guys for some riding. I'm fairly new to Alaska having just moved here a little over two years ago. I've mainly ridden the Knik River area (Jims Creek) and B52 crash site (barely), but would love to ride new areas. I'm located in the Eagle River area but willing to drive anywhere for some good riding...even Fairbanks. I'll keep in touch and hopefully we'll all get together for some riding! Anyone try riding the mountains (hills) off of Petersville Rd? Too swampy? I've been looking at giving that a go as the weather after break up...
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  14. JagLite

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    I have been hoping for years that one or more of the dealers would organize a "Dual Sport Ride".
    I have read of them outside and it sounds like fun.
    Would be a great sales tool for the dealers I think.
    Start at one dealer, follow a map and/or each other, riding fun roads paved and dirt with some trails thrown in if possible before ending at another dealership.

    :ear

    Well, I can dream.... :freaky
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    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    That could definitely be one way to get things started, and pull from a larger group to get things organized and trails put through where necessary. I'm up for exploring and trying, once I can afford to change my WR back to dirt wheels and tires.
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    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    In x 2!
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  17. JustInconsistent

    JustInconsistent Been here awhile

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    Hey Dave, how have you been? I thought you sold your WR, did you have a change of heart or get a new ride?

    Has anyone explored the Tazlina Lake area? I see lots of trails out there, and it looks like the terrain varies some too. I've always wanted to go check it out if anyone wants to go explore.

    Brushkana Creek off the Denali Hwy has some trails off of it too. The path I explored a little got too gnarly and challenging to continue by myself. Again, I don't know how far they go but someday I'll find out.

    Either one would be good for a weekend of camping and riding, a long weekend would be even better. Anybody want to set up a ride?
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  18. JustInconsistent

    JustInconsistent Been here awhile

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    Oh. :D
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  19. TheWall

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    I love the idea of some trail or rough road competition, but riding a street-bike-with-dirt-bike-aspirations, namely a Wee-Strom, you guys with for-real dirt bikes would walk all over me :muutt

    What about something along the lines of Equinox to Equinox Rally but based upon geographical points (McLaren Pass, the Arctic Circle sign on the Haul road, GPS coordinates of some point on your favorite single-track trail, etc.) over a shorter timeframe (one weekend, an entire week, etc.)? The farther/more difficult it is to reach a given destination, the more points it is worth; most points at the end wins (since it can't be based on speed, if we are using public roads). Proof of completion could be done the same way as the E2E, or by using a smartphone or GPS to create a KML file to log the trip...

    Just an idea.
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