By Tom Ferry
November 21, 2007
I disagree with Craig Moen's portrayal of snowmobiles being one
of the biggest spoilers of the natural beauty here. First off
snowmobiles travel on snow not on the dirt or muskeg.
On top of Mahoney Mountain
we ride on 15 to 20 feet of snow so I don't know how that tears
stuff up. We ride in areas approved by the U.S. Forest Service,
the Borough and Cape Fox Corporation.
Upper Mahoney Lake
-- the little specks are snowmobiles on the lake ice.
The Ketchikan Snowmobile Club has 80 members. It costs 50 dollars
to join. As a member, you get a key to the gate at the 400 logging
road and privileges to use the club cabin at Jag Lake -- 2000
ft elevation. The cabin was built over a 10 year period and has
an oil stove that runs all winter long. The cabin sleeps 10 people
has 2 generators and a 12 volt system. This exclusive riding
area can only be accessed through the gate. We have taken skiers
and snowboarders to the top many times and gladly share what
we have toiled to make a great recreational area.
The club cabin 6-years
ago during a heavy winter.
Some snowmobilers choose not to join our club and ride on the
roads or at Harriet Hunt Lake. I always take a few rips across
the lake every winter. Some cross country skiers scowl at us
but many we have taken up to our main riding area.
We have worked hard to be a
responsible club and provide people with a huge area to ride.
Yes there are those who do not want to follow our rules - but
most do. Our main concern is to make sure nobody rides alone
and everyone wears a helmet. If you bring food cans and litter
in please bring it out!
Checking things out
before dropping off a 600 foot cliff
The Mahoney area is the best place to ride but it is only for
advanced riders and can only be accessed when conditions are
just right. If you are a snowboarder or skier this is as good
as it gets for this island.
If you have any problems with
snowmobilers, let us know we always welcome input. Snowmobiling
provides many families - both adults and kids - with four good
months of solid riding . It is the most exhilarating thing I
have ever done. You just can't describe plummeting almost straight
down for 800 feet to a lake bed, then looking back up and thinking
how the heck am I going to get out.
Taking a rest on the
way to the big snow above White River Road...
Four-wheelers I know nothing about but to say keep us separate.
Received November 20, 2007
- Published November 21, 2007
By Craig Moen
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