Iditarod’s Notorious Happy River Steps More Mild Than Mean

Trail breakers spent time Sunday sculpting the section of trail that until a day earlier was out of play for the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. The infamous Happy River Steps, one of the race’s most hazardous sections, had been declared, at least publicly, history.Race officials planned, instead, to send mushers through Ptarmigan Valley — not the steep, windy switchbacks dipping down to and up off from Happy River, but along a modern-day mining road cutting through what has been dubbed the Happy River Flats.Read more here:


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