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Summer Ride Ideas

Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:12 pm
by john
I know its early, but what do you all to do for some ATV rides ?

I would like to check out Standard Creek when the snow melts off.

Looks like some nice trails that take off of it and head to ?? Anyone ATVed down there :?:

Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 11:44 pm
by Darrell
I have snowmachine from Murply dome road over to standard creek wood cutting road but there is a creek in there and I wonder about getting the 4 wheeler thru after break up? Have you ever run that new trail off nome ck ?
Seen any bear yet ?

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 8:59 am
by cleary
I've seen a lot of bear hunters. Margaret while walking on the Fairbanks Creek Road talked to some folks who saw bear tracks at the Circle Trail,Trail-head.

We drove into Nome Creek last Sunday. The U.S. Creek Road has been plowed from the Steese to the Nome Creek Valley. Nome Creek is glaciered to the top of the bridge and the water is running over the road from the bridge to the outhouse. Its about six inches deep and we drove through it. The Ophir Creek road is blocked in the first 100 yards by a glacier. The Mt. Prindle Road is blocked in the first 100 yards by a small gully. Both could probably be navigated on a 4-wheeler but I didn't want to try it with my 1 Ton.

The re-route of the Quartz Creek Trail is great. We rode it last summer and it is a vast improvement over that section of the trail. It will probably be into June before it is open because of snow drifts.

Here's a map of the Quartz Creek Trail. The blue track is the Quartz Creek Trail including the re-route. The red track is the old section of the trail that is by-passed by the re-route.

For pictures go to my website: and click on "Quartz Creek Trail".



Re: Summer Ride Ideas

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 9:26 am
by cleary
john wrote:I know its early, but what do you all to do for some ATV rides ?
Margaret and I rode the Circle Trail/Chatanika Trail to Champagne Rock yesterday. Pretty soft in places, we should probably stay off it for a week or two.

I know of a lot of trails and some pretty neat loops we can ride along the Steese, including Nome Creek, Sourdough Creek, Faith Creek and Montana Creek. We might want to check out the McKay Creek Trail and see if we could find our way off it into Belle Creek and a route back to the Chatanika Lodge for snowmobiling that you were talking about John.


Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 11:50 am
by john
I'm game Chuck. Explore some new trails and maybe open them up a bit for sledding next season.. My kind of fun :)

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 6:40 pm
by Summit800
John, I have ran the trail from the bottom of Cache Creek Road that runs into Stanard Creek. Its been about 10 years, but it was a real good trail then, only about 5 or 6 miles though

Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 7:46 am
by john
I was thinking about running Standard Creek. Been cutting wood back there and it seems to be some good trails that run off of it and some areas worth exploring.

I know Standard Creek goes back 30 miles or so.

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 7:59 am
by Don Lowell
I'm all set to go where-ever, just post the day, where to meet and time!
Don :lol:

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:43 am
by cleary
Don Lowell wrote:I'm all set to go where-ever, just post the day, where to meet and time!
Don :lol:

Some of us riding out the Circle Trail Thursday to try and retrieve an instrument package from a balloon launch. We are meeting here at our place at 9:30. It will be about a 50 mile round trip and will be muddy. Your welcome to join us.