Went up to Permanente Trail today. A little bit of snow further back but all passable. Made it all the way to the Creek (I believe it's Quartz Creek) and was even able to get across the creek. Couldn't find the trail on the other side though. 75 degrees and decent trail conditions - couldn't beat it for the first ride away from Knik.
When we got back to the truck one of the local residents stopped us. She lives up the road above the Permanente trailhead and said she heard an ATV in front of the house around 11:30am and then a gun shot and then she found her dog shot. They never saw the ATV rider. The dog could not be saved.
This sort of thing really puts a bad taste in people's mouths and further risks our future in ATV riding. If ATV riders keep damaging their cause it is going to ruin it for the rest of us who take pride in our sport. There are a lot of us that love ATV riding because it gives us an opportunity to see parts of this beautiful State that so few do. There are a lot of great trails out there and a lot of us that take care of them and respect nature. Too bad there are a few that give the sport a black eye.
Please remember that above the Permanente Trailhead is private land. There is no need to go further up the side road past the trailhead.