Knik Glacier by Fat Bike

My first Fat Bike tour… ~20 miles to the toe of Knik Glacier from the Old Glenn Highway Bridge, 8.5 hours roundtrip. As of Dec. 1, the sun never hits the valley floor! We rented four fatbikes from Alaska Pacific University, and borrowed three more. The bikes handle like tanks! Weaving between the icebergs was incredible. With Bill Brooks, Mel, Tomas and Heidi Jensen, Meaghan Loughlin, and Josh Mumm.

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  2. I tried this trip in late January in a small group. A few tips for those who are also thinking about doing this trip:

    – Start from the big parking lot somewhere down Sullivan Road, not the tiny parking lot immediately to the right after crossing the bridge.
    – Don’t bike on the river. There is thin ice and open water on the river year-round, partially because warm water from Eklutna Lake is pumped into the river from the hydro station. Standing on the ice on the riverbank in late January, we were able to break a patch of thin ice with a branch, revealing at least 5 feet of dark, cold, fast-moving water. If you fall in that, you’re done. There were snowmachine tracks all over the river at the time. That doesn’t mean the ice is thick enough to ride on.
    – The area right around the river can be a few degrees warmer than Butte, or Palmer. The path/road can get extremely icy. During some conditions, studs would be really, really nice.
    – There can be thin ice and overflow on the streams you have to cross.
    – There’s a lot of motor traffic for the first half of this route. 4-wheelers, snowmachines, cars, trucks, go-karts, etc.
    – You probably don’t need a Fat Bike for this route most of the time. 2.1 or 2.3 tires with studs would be faster and much better on the ice.

    We were turned around about halfway by the rough conditions. This trip is probably better to do later in the winter, but before the streams break up. March sounds about perfect.

    January 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

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