Sand/Gravel pits or other places to ride offroad?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Moto Mikey, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    Are there any Sand or Gravel pits in the Anchorage/Mat-su area where one can ride offroad and practice enduro riding techniques like riding in sand/loose rocks, hill climbs/decents, etc? Looking for an area that's not busy and legal so I can improve my dualsport skills.

    Pretty much looking for an area like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koFRINkdPFg
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  2. Farmholio

    Farmholio Smarmy Marmot

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    You could head out to Butte on the Old Glen. I'm pretty sure you can get away with anything you want out there and I seem to remember gravelly, sandy and muddy places for that sort of thing. If you start hearing dueling banjos while you're out there, start looking for a speedy route back to the asphalt.
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  3. legion

    legion Spider Bark

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    Head out toward Sand Lake Rd and Dimond Blvd in Anchorage. There are some old gravel pits there that can be ridden in but I don't know that I'd ask your question about it being legal. All property is posted in part because they don't want to be liable for you damaging you on their property. Attractive nuisance and all that.
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  4. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Back in the day we use to ride the sand lake/jewel lake pit, now it's a subdivision! There is the Jodhpur Motocross track. Check it out here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRqyqCbv1vY and here:
    http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/alaska_14073/map_4598.htm
    I think it has what you want but I moved out of the big city decades ago and haven't been there for a very long time. It's free but I'm not sure about how crowded it gets.
    In the valley we use to ride out at Jim Creek but you might have to do some mud before getting to the sand and gravel. Also use to ride Buffalo Mine and Jonesville roads as well. Haven't been there in years either, maybe some of the Palmer area riders know more.
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  5. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    If you are riding the Valley, just jump off the road and do some ditch banging on the ATV trails along side the road. You can find whatever conditions you want without much problem and no one will bother you.
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  6. z987k

    z987k Long timer

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    I'd kill for some single track up here. Quads and 2 track are for the mentally slow. :D
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