Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

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

The Eagle River Greenbelt

The π—˜π—”π—šπ—Ÿπ—˜ π—₯π—œπ—©π—˜π—₯ π—šπ—₯π—˜π—˜π—‘π—•π—˜π—Ÿπ—§ would create a hiking and biking path from the Eagle River Nature Center to the Glenn Hwy inside Chugach State Park.

It would help connect the π—”π—Ÿπ—”π—¦π—žπ—” π—Ÿπ—’π—‘π—š 𝗧π—₯π—”π—œπ—Ÿ by following the Historic Iditarod Trail and link the Crow Pass Trail to downtown Eagle River.

Please let your Alaska state legislator know your opinion on the Eagle River Greenbelt and the Alaska Long Trail, as both projects have been submitted for funding in this year’s capital budget.

#ConnectMirrorLake with

Hi folks! We need your help identifying dangerous locations for cyclists! Feb 14, 2022 is the AMATS/DOT deadline for bike path project nominations for the next 3 years. Any problem locations you can identify on will help us in our efforts.

You can also submit your own bike path nominations at:

Merry Masher 21 Course Map

The 2021 Merry Masher course is groomed and ready to ride! Course is counter-clockwise starting at the beach and then around Mirror Lake. Cut up at the Lakeside bench, out Easy Peasy, around Raven’s Ridge to Edmonds Lake, around the lake and up Red Bog trail to the clockwise entrance to Hot Tamale, cut left at the northern part of the 5k Multiuse and head back and take Wilson’s Way to the finish.


Beginner Fat Bike Ride at Mirror Lake

Interested in checking out FAT BIKING at Mirror Lake?

Come out Sunday November 28th, 2021, meet at the main parking lot at 1pm and we will ride a mile loop around Mirror Lake, then head out for 2 more miles of rolling trails through the woods.

Most of the trails have been snowshoe packed, or groomed with our SnowDog, but there may be some sections of fluffy goodness for us to push our bikes through.

If you haven’t already filled out at 2021 CMBR waiver, please sign one online before arriving. Thanks!

Merry Masher Winter Bike Race 2021

UPDATE 8pm Tues Dec 28th, 2021:

THE RACE IS ON! Registration closes tonight at midnight. See you tomorrow Weds Dec 29th: 6pm bib pickup, 7pm start, 9pm cutoff.


We’re going AFTER DARK for the 5th annual Mirror Lake Merry Masher winter bike race, a fundraiser for the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

About this event

* Registration ends Tues 12-28-21 11:59 pm. There is NO IN-PERSON registration*

We are pleased to announce Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage as the sponsor for the fifth annual Mirror Lake Merry Masher winter bike race!

It’s gonna be a PARTY! Light up your rides, as we’re going after dark on a mix of flowy singletrack, a bit of nice wide doubletrack, a couple of great hill climbs, and some beautiful lake riding in the shadow of Bear Mountain in Chugiak.

PRIZES FOR THE BEST ON-BIKE LIGHT SHOWS (costume, decorations, you decide.)

You will have the option of one or two 5+ mile laps. You must complete the race in the 2-hour time limit.


If you’re not racing, you are welcome to come out and cheer!

Thanks to Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage for sponsoring this year’s race.

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: Wednesday, December 29th. Bibs Pick-Up 6pm. Race Start 7pm.

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

Cost: This is a member-only race. FREE to members, though we appreciate any additional donations!

(CMBR Membership $50 Individual/$100 Family)

Free Training: Building Berms and Repairing Rollers.

Join CMBR and Happy Trails on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 from 5-6:30pm for a professional trail-building session on berm and roller shaping and repair.

Ben’s Bike Playground is nearly complete, and CMBR is here to teach YOU how to BUILD, RIDE and MAINTAIN the new jump lines and pump track.

We realize this may be an awkward time for folks, but we are trying to catch the Happy Trails builders before they move on to their next project.

We expect Ben’s Bike Playground construction to be complete by mid to late September. After that we will wait for a couple weeks of dry weather for the trails to harden before opening.