Alaska is nothing short of a seldom-traveled paradise for off-roaders. It is the dream that's just out of reach, just a little too far to travel for most off-road trips from the continental U.S. But if you ever get the chance, take it. From glacier-fed bays and rivers filled with salmon to unmolested forests filled with moose, mosquitos, and off-road trails, Alaska is everything we'd heard it would be. And like the warnings we'd received prior to the trip; once we were there, we wanted to stay. Unfortunately, our delusions to stay and live out our days in one of the greatest and most unpopulated states in the nation came to a premature end.
But before we left, we got the chance to meet and wheel with some of the luckier individuals that call the largest of the "Nifty Fifty" home. The Alaska Extreme Four Wheelers took us about an hour outside of Anchorage to the Ruby Lake Trail to give us a taste of some wet Alaskan trail running during the short time of year you can actually wheel without three sweaters or a case of bug spray. If you're lucky enough to find yourself up this way with a 4x4 and are in sync with the Tread Lightly! beliefs, try contacting the Anchorage club through www.akextreme4x4.com and maybe they'll be able to point you toward a trail or two.