|Corrine bikes on the mining road after passing the wind turbines.
Party: Eric Troyer, Corrine Leistikow
Trip Location: Mining roads that cover the hills to the east of Ferry, just north of Healy.
Access: To get to the trailhead, turn on Ferry Road at Mile 259.4 Parks Highway. Take the road about a mile to where it ends at the Nenana River. Park out of the way with the other cars. Bike or walk your bike across the river on the boardwalk that’s part of the railroad bridge. On the other side, travel a short distance, about a quarter mile, and turn right, crossing the railroad tracks. Turn right again, following the wide gravel road.
Trip Date: Saturday, July 9.
Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and any highlights from the trip: The first part of this trip is a wide, fairly smooth gravel road, made even wider and smoother with the construction of the Eva Creek Wind Project, finished in 2012. The first 6 miles is a steady grind. Another 4 miles of mostly ups but some downs takes you to the wind turbines, which are impressive to see close up.
|Corrine crosses the pedestrian pathway on the railroad bridge.
|The first part of the road is wide and flat. It accesses the wind turbines.
|The road stays wide all the way to the turbines, but it gets steeper!
|Along the way you start seeing the turbines.
|Boot Hill is a great place to take a break.
|The plane crash turned art.
|You get to bike right next to the turbines. They are massive!
|The mining road dropping into the Calfornia Creek drainage. The road past the turbines is more typical of a mining road, narrower and rough in places.
|The mining operation.
|We turned around here, but clearly you could explore further.
For more information buy a copy of “Mountain Bike Alaska.” Used copies are still available online. Or just follow the USGS maps. The Liberty Bell Mine road is marked, as is the road we took (marked in red after a 1972 revision).