Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

Running biodiesel, building singletrack, teaching Nordic Skiing, raising girls, and exploring the north.

Merry Masher 2018 Race Registration is Open!

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Eventbrite - Mirror Lake Merry Masher Winter Bike Race

* Current members please email us for your discount/promotional code. *

Enjoy A BRAND NEW COURSE at the second annual Mirror Lake Merry Masher winter bike race, a fundraiser for the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

We’ve got over five miles of flowy new singletrack, nice wide doubletrack, a couple hill climbs and some beautiful lake riding in the shadow of Bear Mountain in Chugiak. Choose your distance: Beginner (1 lap), Sport (2 laps) or Expert (3 laps).

This event is a membership drive and fundraiser for Chugach Mountain Bike Riders and proceeds will go to support the improvement of the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

When: Saturday December 29th at noon. (Bib-Pickup from 11:00-11:45)

Where: Mirror Lake Park, Mile 24 Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, Alaska.

Cost: Early registration is FREE to members! $35 non-members.

(CMBR Membership $50 Individual/$100 Family.)

Race day registration is $5 member/ $40 non-member.

A big thanks to Chain Reaction Cycles for sponsoring the race.

Don’t want to race, but still want to be a part of it all?  We need volunteers to make this happen!

Questions?  Email CMBRalaska@gmail.com or call Will 907-688-5288.

Eventbrite - Mirror Lake Merry Masher Winter Bike Race

More Trails Opened to CMBR Members!

CMBR Eklutna Permit Map

Full size map here: CMBR Eklutna Permit Map

We are happy to partner with Eklutna, Inc. to provide CMBR members a permit to ride the private Eklutna, Inc. trails between Peters Creek and the Eklutna River (behind Mirror Lake Middle School), and also the South Fork Eagle River Confluence “Singletrack” Trails off of the Briggs Bridge trail.

This opens over a dozen miles of bike trails to Chugiak-Eagle River riders!

Note: Permitted areas are highlighted in yellow.  Eklunta, Inc. lands within the permitted areas are outlined in white.  Some areas within the permitted area are within State and Municipal Park boundaries, and some areas are under other private ownership.

Common access points to Eklutna, Inc. trails include:

  1. Stoltze Road Bridge, which provides access to the mouth of Peters Creek and the Peters Creek hayflats.
  2. Behind the Red Gate at Mirror Lake Middle School.  This connects to the Upper and Lower Powerline trails as well as the Old 4WD Trail and the Bluff Singletrack.
  3. The South Fork Confluence “Singletrack” trails begin uphill from Chugach State Park’s Briggs Bridge to South Fork Confluence trail, and includes the trails just past South Fork Eagle River.
  4. Peters Creek Neighborhood Trails. Several trails start in the neighborhoods bordering Eklunta, Inc. land.

Join CMBR, be sure to share your address and contact information at checkout, and we will add you to the roster for legal Eklutna access.  Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

Permits are also available by contacting Eklutna, Inc. directly.

You must ride with a permit in your possession.

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Close up of Eklunta, Inc. Lands in Eagle River Valley showing Briggs Bridge to South Fork Eagle River Confluence.  Eklutna, Inc. lands are the white-outlined inholdings in Chugach State Park and are South (uphill) and East (upriver) from the State Park Trail.

November Planning Meeting.

Let’s get rolling! The CMBR board is meeting Mon Nov 12th 6:45pm to wrap up the summer build season and get our winter fat bike events lined up! We will also be developing proposals for next year’s Singletrack improvements and CMBRkids youth program. CMBR members are invited to attend.