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Old 06-25-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Groomed trails are for tourists. Make your own trail and see what the tourists are missing.
LOL I live in Wasilla. The neighbor to my left a few properties down has been busted for meth 3 times now and is said to have shot at people he didn't know on his property. There is a great trail in my neighborhood a few houses down to the right but upon taking it I became almost certain the owners next to that property are growing something they shouldn't and often let their dogs roam. The dogs aren't very friendly. And the trail itself is on another private piece of property and there is an old sign that has fallen down that asks others not to tresspass. It sounds like we live in a bad neighborhood but we actually don't - we have a police officer, a former mayor, several slopers, but it's that small percent that keeps me comfy with well known and established trail systems.

I did all sorts of exploring in Homer, but in Wasilla I just don't know the area's and their owners as well.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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LOL I live in Wasilla. The neighbor to my left a few properties down has been busted for meth 3 times now and is said to have shot at people he didn't know on his property. There is a great trail in my neighborhood a few houses down to the right but upon taking it I became almost certain the owners next to that property are growing something they shouldn't and often let their dogs roam. The dogs aren't very friendly. And the trail itself is on another private piece of property and there is an old sign that has fallen down that asks others not to tresspass. It sounds like we live in a bad neighborhood but we actually don't - we have a police officer, a former mayor, several slopers, but it's that small percent that keeps me comfy with well known and established trail systems.

I did all sorts of exploring in Homer, but in Wasilla I just don't know the area's and their owners as well.
I wasn't suggesting that you hike around in your own neighborhood. Where is the fun in that? I was thinking more along the lines of driving up to Hatcher Pass, parking the vehicle, and hike northeast toward the Talkeetna Range for a few hours. Or drive to any of the State Parks near Wasilla (See Alaska State Parks near Wasilla in the Susitna Valley), park the vehicle, and take a nice leisurely stroll through the forest.

You don't need a groomed trail. They are usually full of people anyway. Be careful following game trails though, you don't want to end up as an hors d'oeuvre.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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Oh I see what you mean, that's a great idea. Thanks Glitch.

In Homer, if we saw a cool spot along the road wherever we happened to be, we didn't slow down for a second and just went exploring. I don't do that in Wasilla (even outside of my neighborhood) but your right state parks and Hatcher Pass are great spots to just openly explore and I would feel safe from shot guns and weirdo's out in places like that.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Oh I see what you mean, that's a great idea. Thanks Glitch.

In Homer, if we saw a cool spot along the road wherever we happened to be, we didn't slow down for a second and just went exploring. I don't do that in Wasilla (even outside of my neighborhood) but your right state parks and Hatcher Pass are great spots to just openly explore and I would feel safe from shot guns and weirdo's out in places like that.
Well if anyone tries to kill you while you are hiking, you just try to kill them right back. When I go for a hike, I do not want to see any people. People spoil my view. I want the isolation, at least temporarily, that Alaska is so famous for. I want to be able to allow my dogs to roam freely, without being worried that I may be bothering other people.

I have also taken a boat (chartered) up the Talkeetna River miles and miles just to ensure that I would not accidentally encounter other people. After a few days of hiking around, the boat would meet me at a prearranged place and take me back.

Alaska is a huge place, and it only takes a little effort to get away from everyone. At least for a little while.
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