Alaska ATV Club

June 21,2009

Summer Solstice Ride to Knik Glacier
End of the Trail
Alaska Artist Dianne Roberson at Knik Glacier
SilverFox at Glacier
Our Camp Site
Knik Glacier
Creek crossing
Midnight Sun
Me warming up at fire pit.

Location: About 30 miles north of Anchorage - North on Glenn, take Old Glenn exit (before the river
bridges) for about 8 miles along Knik River over the Knik River Bridge -  follow the Old Glenn about 1
1/2 miles further, turn right at the Alaska Raceway Park sign (asphalt road), follow it 1.25 miles, past
the raceway  - two entrances to the Pavilion parking area are on the right (just past Butte Airman Rd on
the left).  The Pavilion parking area gives easier access to the bulk of the riding area.

Type of ride: This area has something for everyone, trails in the woods, open flats, mud and dunes.
Crossing Jim Creek itself can range from easy to "highly improbable" depending on how high the
water is. If in doubt, wait and watch someone else cross! If still in doubt - DON'T! If you decide not to
cross there are plenty of trails on the near side. If you can cross you can run to the glacier (about 20
miles from the creek) or take side trails up a couple of valleys.
Metal Creek runs across the face of the glacier, be very cautious if you try to cross it.  It is glacier-fed,
meaning you can’t see the bottom.  It can and will swallow your wheeler in a heartbeat – and can and
will swallow you in two heartbeats.  The only thing you prove by crossing Metal Creek is that you were
there at the right time, you still made it to the glacier without crossing Metal Creek.     

How hard: As hard as you want to make it. Technical trails in the woods by the parking area and in the
side valleys heading for the glacier, wide open flats with or without mud, dunes and you can find as
much mud as you want.
Remember to respect all the creeks and Knik River!

Comments: A close area that offers a lot of variety in riding. It can get dusty in the spring and summer,
and when it get hot the flats can be flooded by increased glacial melt in the Knik. If you run for the
glacier remember you are in Alaska be prepared for anything that might happen!
Copyright  2009        ©   Dianne Roberson    All rights reserved.