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  • #16
    Argonut

    Yeah it does kind of because it says best modes of travel summer and winter
    like hiking atv 4 wheel drive and dune buggy for knik river area
    so yes in its way

    and wanna fish share some of the details or pictures of what that trail looks like and were to get on it hows parking and such

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    • #17
      Pinochle/Hicks Trail

      Approximately mile post 99 of the Glenn Hwy is a roadside pull-off on the left-hand side heading North. Just past this turnout is Pinochle Road. Pinochle Road goes South running parallel to the Glenn Hwy. The trail starts approximately a 1/2 mile down Pinochle Rd. We parked in the turnout on the Glenn Hwy and road our ATVs down Pinochle road until we found the trail - it was easy to find.

      The trail runs through the woods and swampy area for awhile before it starts climbing up the mountain side. The swampy area was a little challenging but no winches were required to get through. The trail up the mountain side was very gentle.

      On top of the first hill we were in a few inches of snow. We followed the trail back and as we got above treeline we ran into a few miles of serious mud. We were fortunate that there was quite a bit of ice that made it possible to skip over much of the mudholes, but we did have to pull the winches out a time or two.

      Once getting past the mud you come up on a large hill going down to Hicks Creek. I went down the hill first and ended up flying over my handlebars. I made it down and turned around and came back up a different path that we ended up using to get everyone down (4 people in our party).

      The trail then follows Hicks Creek, with several creek crossings and actual driving up the creek for periods of time. Small creek and no problems here. A couple small areas looked like the could be mud problems but the ground was frozen enough that we had no issues.

      We made it back to where the Hicks trail meets up with the Chickaloon Trail System. At this intersection we road up on a large knoll and looked below us. That is when we could see several groups of moose. Each group had its bull and a herem of 6 - 10 females. Several smaller bulls off by themselves wishing they could meet some of the ladies.

      At that point, we turned around and came back out. Great day! Temps were in the 20's to low 30's. We were riding 3 Yamaha 700s w/ EPS and 1 CanAm Renegade 800.
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      • #18
        I like petersville, spent alot of time riding and hunting there. Great place to go for the weekend, get out of town and have fun. Actually, I should make a trip up there sometime soon, I don't know how much snow is there though. Last year, in June, I couldn't make it back across the side of the mountain, too much snow still...

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        • #19
          I like going to Knik and Jim Creek over the weekend. Fourwheeling there is so much fun. I love making the trip to the glacier also.

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          • #20
            Purinton and Pinochle are good- that whole system is interconnected and you can do a big loop if you have a couple days or three. Depending on weather could be extremely challenging. Purinton is a good one for newbies- Pinochle had a couple of hills that were extremely technical especially with last season's rain and nasty slick muddy conditions.

            We also like Kings River, Permanente and there is Boulder Creek Trail up past Pinochle that actually loops back around and connects to Pinochle. That was actually a lot of fun, and very picturesque. It runs back past an active mining claim.
            "If snowmachiners would adopt the habits of riding one at a time and not parking at the base of avalanche prone slopes, the number of fatalities would likely be whittled by at least a third, if not by half." ~ Jill Fredston, in the book Snowstruck, In The Grip Of Avalanches.

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            • #21
              Dee - I've looked at the map and talked to folks and they say that taking the east trail out of Ruby as far as you can, can connect you to Boulder? I've been pretty far in the east trail, but not over the big hill at the back side of the valley (you know, that one hill lol)
              We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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              • #22
                TWB-

                I'm not familiar with that one, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit because it seems like every trail in that area connects to the next. The connections aren't always that passable though! I'd really like to take about a week off with my honey and hit the trails and see how far we could go. My GPS Software shows trail connections from the Chickaloon trail clear to Eureka. We went back up Pinochle last fall a couple weeks after hunting season ended and counted over 50 moose in a 1 mile stretch of trail. I think it would be quite an adventure to get further back then you can get in a one day ride and see what there is to see.
                "If snowmachiners would adopt the habits of riding one at a time and not parking at the base of avalanche prone slopes, the number of fatalities would likely be whittled by at least a third, if not by half." ~ Jill Fredston, in the book Snowstruck, In The Grip Of Avalanches.

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                • #23
                  I've trekked east and west out in Boulder as far as I could but it got very brushy and I didn't wanna scratch the Ranger
                  We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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