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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin   28 Miles The trail leaves Elim, following the ice along the coast for 10-11 miles to a cabin just north-northeast of the limestone cliffs, and here it turns right (inland) and crosses the Kwiktalik Mountains. This range is a low series of hills (1,000 to 1,500 ft.) with moderate grades. Vegetation ranges ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Shaktoolik to Koyuk

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Shaktoolik to Koyuk   50 Miles The trail from Shaktoolik bears north, crossing the peninsula. It runs on land for eight to nine miles then starts across Norton Bay at the mouth of Reindeer Cove. The terrain to this point is mostly gentle swells of the ground with no true grades. There is no vegetation. Approximately ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Kaltag to Unalakleet

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Kaltag to Unalakleet   85 Miles From Kaltag, the trail exits from the northwest end of the runway. The next 15 miles run through spruce forest and open areas along the Kaltag River, climbing gently to the summit of the Portage. Continuing through similar terrain, it starts down the Unalakleet drainage to Old Woman Cabin at ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby     70 Miles Leaving Cripple, the country stays the same for 15 to 20 miles. Then the trees get larger and thicker, with larger rolling hills. At Bear Creek, the trail enters a cat trail that should be easy to follow. At Sulatna Crossing (steel bridge), most of the mushers stop to ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple     73 Miles Out of the Ophir checkpoint the trail follows a cat trail along the Innoko River into the old village site about a mile further along. It crosses the river again six miles out of the checkpoint. From the crossing, the trail heads northeast. The terrain is flat with sparse ... Read More »

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Willow Alaska Trail System

I was a (wannabe) musher for a long time. My first time on the back of the sled was way back in the early 1990′s. I even moved a few times searching for snow–don’t we all? I lived in Minnesota where it is sometimes very cold and the winters can be brutal but often there is not a lot of ... Read More »