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ATV Off-Road Trails
By Jose Blanco


May 18, 2012

Upon receiving orders to Ketchikan I got excited being I consider myself an ATV off road, outdoors enthusiast. Since my arrival however I have spoken to both parks and wildlife and the State Troopers about legal places to ride. I checked out Whipple Creek and sadly was a bit disappointed by its size.

Considering the 383,000 acres of national forest, I felt there had to be some ATV trails around. After reviewing the Motor Vehicle Use map that I got from the Parks and Wildlife office, I found eight entrances to what seem to be exciting trails; however, gaining access to them requires putting my ATV or other off road vehicle on a boat sailing to either Traitors Cove or Thorne Arm, both of which seem to be about 20 miles away from Ketchikan.

My question, to whomever it may address, is while I do appreciate roads and trails being identified for off road use, was it not addressed that access to these roads may not be accessible to the general public who do not own a method to transport these vehicles to the trail heads? Is it possible to give us one or two trails around here, more accessible to those of us without the means to circumnavigate Revillagigedo Island to spend a day of off road fun family fun?

Jose Blanco
Jcoastie81 [at]
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I am new to Ketchikan and am here with the Coast Guard."

Received May 12, 2012 - Published May 18, 2012



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