Crown Point Mine trail.

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  1. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Well that is rude! :eek1

    Hmmmmm, a two hour drive for a short trail ride and searching for other trails with the probability of wind and snow.

    Doesn't peg my fun meter to the top.

    But it does sound like a typical Alaskan weekend out of town.

    On the other hand, if they are forecasting rain, snow, and cold wind...

    It might turn out to be a calm sunny day. :rofl
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  2. Full Power

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    I am riding tomorrow, you may go ahead and keep a couch warm.
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  3. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    That is correct.
    And it looks like they may have changed their mind.
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  4. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    Absolutly pouring this afternoon thru now at Seward/Crown Point. Got to make a run to Whittier then the airport with a few folks so wont be able to join ya. Im sure you can xount on less snow and more mud! Have fun.
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  5. Full Power

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    Rolling North, 0700 hrs.
    Plan assembly at MINE road around 1030, or so.
    Lower tire pressures, and go climbing, MUD or shine.
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  6. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    High water warning Seward to Portage for the ARR should make for good pics.
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  7. Drunk_Uncle

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    Yeah, I will not be making this ride.
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  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    They're back! :lol3

    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
    753 AM AKDT SAT MAY 31 2014

    AKZ101-311800-
    ANCHORAGE-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANCHORAGE...EAGLE RIVER...INDIAN...
    EKLUTNA
    753 AM AKDT SAT MAY 31 2014

    ...ACCUMULATING SNOW ALONG THE UPPER HILLSIDE THIS MORNING...

    AN UNSEASONABLY COLD AIRMASS HAS MOVED OVER THE SOUTH CENTRAL
    REGION OVERNIGHT RESULTING IN THE FREEZING LEVELS DROPPING TO
    AROUND 1500 FEET. THE PRECIPITATION WITH THIS STORM HAS CHANGED
    TO SNOW ALONG THE UPPER HILLSIDE AND HAS ALREADY DEPOSITED OVER AN
    INCH OF SNOW ABOVE 2000 FEET.
    SNOW WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT
    COUPLE OF HOURS ALONG THE UPPER HILLSIDE AND WE EXPECT A TOTAL
    ACCUMULATION OF AROUND 3 INCHES. THE SNOW IS NOT EXPECTED TO LAST
    LONG AS DAYTIME HEATING WILL RAPIDLY MELT IT THIS AFTERNOON.

    PEOPLE ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE DRIVING ALONG THE
    UPPER HILLSIDE DUE TO THE SLICK WET CONDITIONS.

    $$
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  9. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    Well when i went through at 3am it looked like the "most" of the wet stuff was south and farther north. Portage area is soaked and water was rising fast in the Spencer Glacier area.

    Crown Point in the eye of the storm? How did ya make out?
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  10. Full Power

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    Beautiful weather.
    A perfect day on the mountain.
    details:
    Gale force winds, and heavy rain all night on lower peninsula, power outages reported, tree branches and debris all over the roads. 39 degrees and raining when the alarm clockk called out "0545 hours"
    Turned corner at Terne Lake, about 1000, started looking better.
    Karl on TW, and JagLite on DR... Co-pilot Bob came down from Anchorage.
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    Around 3000 feet, we got "Above the Weather"
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  11. Full Power

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    A little further up the trail.. "HotRod" found MORE weather:
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    And here's a what a Quarter Liter Ditchbanger looks like at 3100 feet elevation:
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  12. JagLite

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    What a ride!

    It was sure looking iffy when leaving Anchorage with the wind blowing and the rain going sideways.
    But hey, if you wait for good weather you may miss the entire summer so we braved the wicked conditions and carried on.

    Just south of the weigh station the wind blew rocks off the top of the cliff and they crashed down on the road all around us.

    It was rather scary but we aren't lightweights and we didn't give up and turn back!
    No matter the ugly weather we bravely carried on....



    In the car, with the bikes on the trailer :lol3

    Rocks actually smacked the side of the car and left gouges in the door so I was glad for another reason I didn't ride.
    That would have really hurt.

    The weather was looking better at the summit with small patches of blue sky.

    Parked at the trailhead it was very nice. No rain and the sun was out often.

    The trail was challenging with a bit of mud, loose rocks, tight switchbacks and other trails situations that make a ride interesting and fun.

    The DR is too heavy for me to fight with in mud or snow and with the mild Shinko 244 tires I knew I wouldn't get anywhere.
    For the snow I would want brand new D606 tires... or maybe chains.
    So I turned around where the snow completely covered the trail ahead, others continued on.

    Amazingly, at our turnaround point, another rider pulled up on his BMW GS after RIDING from Anchorage!
    Man that is tough...
    OK, I'm a wimp.
    Sorry I have forgotten your name Lone Ranger... ride on!

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    Karl rode the TW and said the trail was the most challenging riding he has done and that it was great fun

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    We then rode the jeep trail from tern Lake to Quartz Creek and it was a blast.
    Not rough or technical but plenty fun on a bike :clap

    Turned around at the highway and rode the jeep trail back and then back on the highway to where the car and trailer were waiting.

    It sure was nice to put on dry socks and comfortable shoes for the 2 hour drive back to town :D

    A great time complete with one minor breakdown (stupid side stand "safety" switch relay), good friends, great weather on the trail, fantastic scenic views, and more made the day a good adventure.

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  13. TennesseeJed

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    Nice to meet you guys today.

    And, yeah, the ride down left quite a bit to be desired.

    But I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It is called "adventure" riding after all.
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  14. tiny-wheel-200

    tiny-wheel-200 Been here awhile

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    That looks really quite pretty once you get up a little ways. Nice pics. I like the little dog helping you wrench in the last pic!
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  15. Cliff h

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    Would a fairly well equipped Jeep make it up this trail? Or is it too narrow in places?
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  16. Full Power

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    Bring a good chainsaw, and plenty of gasoline.
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  17. JagLite

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    Bobby the biker dog and I rode the mine trail again this past weekend (8/10/14) and the weather cooperated this time.

    NO snow :clap

    A fun trail with a variety of surfaces and switchbacks.

    We were able to ride to the end where the road disappears into the ravine left by the receding glacier.
    Did the road/trail go across the glacier back in the mining days?
    I saw no evidence of where it might have continued.

    Fantastic view at the top of the switchbacks but I forgot my cameras of course.
    I had packed both still and video cameras but left both in the RV where we were camped at Russian River.

    This time I rode the little TW200 and it was so much easier to negotiate the tightest switchbacks than the DR650 was on my first trip.

    Riding the TW on the highway with the throttle to the stop trying to maintain 55 against the wind was another story. :huh

    Rode around looking for other dirt roads or trails to explore and found a couple but usually came to a sign that said "No motorized Vehicles".

    On the mountain side behind the Kenai Princess Lodge we found a dirt road that turned into a trail that was obviously maintained by atv's but wasn't all torn up by them.

    And, NO sign!!!!

    We rode that trail for a long, long way until we came across a volunteer trail maintenance crew who said this is not a motorized trail.

    Nice lady who was friendly and apologized that they get to use atv's to maintain the trail but it is for horses, bicycles, and hikers only.
    She thinks the sign that was supposed to be there had been removed.

    She said she doesn't think it is fair and knows there are no trails to ride our bikes on other than the mine trail.

    Alaska, the largest state, has the fewest trails we can ride our bikes on legally.

    Figures, eh?
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  18. jfman

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    Trails is way too narrow for a jeep. A jeep makes it to the top I wanna shake that guys hand. Maybe a stock width Samurai.


    I rode it July 3rd and it was fine all the way to the top. This one show be on everyones AK bucket list.


    many pics here in this thread.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=24806405&postcount=38

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  19. Cliff h

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    I will shake your hand. Taken on Summer Solstice of this year:

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  20. jfman

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    That's not the top :D But still very handshake worthy :freaky
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