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Old 07-01-2016, 07:53 PM   #337
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We just got finished ( 30 minutes ago) riding our bikes the Chena Lakes Rec. Area campground about 3 miles east of North Pole. Even now there were still some campsites available for tonight. We're boon dock in sis-n-laws driveway about 5 miles away. They have maybe 10 miles of paved or hard cinder bike trails there. Right off the Richardson highway.
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Sounds like a great spot for biking.

I just explored your Photo Album links. You've been to some great places! Nice job.

Curious. I don't know if you've heard about a forest service ranger getting killed near Glacier NP. He was knocked off his bike and killed by a grizzly so my question is, do you make noise while riding in Alaska? Bikes can be very quiet on those trails and surprising a bear isn't good. Be careful!!
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When in any "bear" areas, one just needs to be aware of your surrounds. When I hike I'll wear bear bells. I'll stop every 100' or 200' and listen to sounds of the forest.

Biking the Chena Lakes bike trails there was enough open brush area to spot any wildlife.

The blueberries in this area are ready to pop. They like to grow in the marshy area along with the black spruce trees. At least in the North Pole area the raspberries have 2-3 more weeks to be picked.
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There's a great joke about how to tell the difference between black hear scat and brown bear scat
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There's a great joke about how to tell the difference between black hear scat and brown bear scat
The Griz pile has little bells in it.
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And the yarn used to tie the little bells on.

And for the record Black Bears simply love blueberrys. Watch your back.
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When we did the Alaska thing the first Grizz we saw, Oh we saw Black bears almost from the Canada border north, was on the bike path on the way from Valdez to the tank farm/OIL on the south side of the bay. So be wear, BEAR are everywhere.

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When we did the Alaska thing the first Grizz we saw, Oh we saw Black bears almost from the Canada border north, was on the bike path on the way from Valdez to the tank farm/OIL on the south side of the bay. So be wear, BEAR are everywhere.

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The Grizzlies like hanging around close to the fish hatchery over close to the oil pipeline terminal.
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There's a momma griz that brings her cubs down to the hatchery visitor's parking lot daily when the Pink Salmon come in. The Fish and Game folks will sometimes block off half the parking lot for her exclusive use. She's also been seen IN town at the supermarket and behind he Sub shop, so be aware. One year she raised 4 cubs, so a great mom, but the tourists have to keep from feeding her. A FED BEAR IS A DEAD BEAR. Once they associate food with people they MUST be killed.
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We will be in Hatcher Pass camping in the Marmot lot (up by Independance Mine) this weekend flying Paragliders & hiking, drop by if you are in the area. Weather should be good S Central Friday thru Tuesday.

Next week at Primrose camp ground near Seward, hiking Lost Lake, at least to the falls. Wife hurt a knee, may not do the entire 16 miles.

Hyder/Stewart leaving Anch 22 July thru 30- 10 days out & back(2600 mile trip). Heading down the Cassiar to photograph bears.
I'll post rd conditions when we have Internet.
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As S Bradley mentioned above....if you get a chance, drive to Hatcher Pass and watch the paragliders. Beauty scenery for these colorful toys!
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Hmm almost 4 years in AK and I never heard of Hatcher Pass, looks like a great place to go. Is the road RV passable?
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Hmm almost 4 years in AK and I never heard of Hatcher Pass, looks like a great place to go. Is the road RV passable?
I wouldn't take an RV there unless it has all wheel drive. A car depending on the weather but you're always better off if your vehicle has 4 wheel drive for those unexpected emergencies.

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Hmm almost 4 years in AK and I never heard of Hatcher Pass, looks like a great place to go. Is the road RV passable?

North of Palmer. An old gold mine up there & the one way Fishhook-Willow Rd goes from there to Willow. Road is pretty good for gravel/dirt. Wonderful scenery & lots of wildlife.
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