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Updated on 04/20/14

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North Central Area
Cantwell, Talkeetna, South Denali, Eureka, Paxson

 
Cantwell Area
3/3/2014
reported by
Alpine Creek Lodge
Snow is already deep out here! Denali Highway is being groomed from Cantwell to Alpine Creek all winter! If your coming up, give Jennifer or Chrissy a call at 907-743-0565! Check our website webcam page to see current conditions. We look forward to seeing you out here!

Claude
Trapper Crk Area
3/5/2014

reported by
Trapper Creek Inn
It's so fluffy!
The trails were in good condition before this, come play in the snow!
South Denali
Grooming Report

4/11/2014
reported by
CRR

We did a 110 mile trail survey this past weekend. Trails throughout the system were good to excellent in condition despite no grooming last week. Last week's snow left enough soft powder for lubrication. Scratchers are still a good idea. Snow was best west and north of the Parks Hwy.  The CBT between MP 121 and 115 had a couple of bare spots. All snow bridges were in great shape for this time of the year with the exception of the Rabiduex Creek crossing at MP 110. Ice bridge is gone and the Rabiduex is open from bank to bank and flowing. Several inches of wet snow fell  Sunday morning, which might aid to yet another great upcoming riding weekend.  All the seasonally placed wands have been removed from the trail system.

 

 

Denali State Park
4/11/2014

reported by
DNR

AREA

STATUS

NEW
SNOW

AVG.
DEPTH

COMMENTS

Denali View South

Open

2"

 21"

Gates are closed
Byers Lake

Open

2"

 30"

 
Denali View North

Open

2"

 30" Gates are closed
Pass Creek

Open

2"

 30"  
Curry & Kesugi Ridges

Open

2"

 30"

 
Tokositna and Chulitna Rivers

Open

2"

 30"

 

*Operating an Unregistered snowmobile, Failure to Display Snowmobile Numbered Registration Decal and Failure to Carry Snowmobile Certificate of Registration or Provide Identifying Information on all state lands are Citable Offenses in the State of Alaska

Average snow depth is recorded uncompressed.
Snowmobile openings are based on many variables including packed snow base and vegetation coverage

If you have any information on recreation, snow conditions, park issues, or
would like to be added to the mail out list for updates please contact Ranger Jason Nielsen at jason.nielsen@alaska.gov

Tokositna Valley
reported by
NRCS

Tokositna Valley Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Kroto Creek
3/28/2014

reported by
MSB

 
TEMPERATURE: 25 to 35 Degrees
SNOWFALL THIS WEEK
: 0"
TOTAL SNOWFALL: 58"
BASE: 6"

Please park as to not block others parking in the lot.

Please don't park on the hill coming down to the parking lot. DOT can't get their plows down the hill to plow the road and the bus can't turn around.

Kenny Creek
3/20/2014
reported by
Kenny Creek Lodge

Great snow for trail riding, but only sheltered spots had powder. Supposed to be beautiful weather, sunny and highs in the 40's, all weekend. Enjoy the ride.

Petersville
4/13/2014
reported by
Gate Creek Cabins

Yes, there is still modest snow in the Petersville Area. The Spring trail riding is surprisingly good right now. We received 6-inches of wet snow over the weekend. About 2-inches of that remained when the temperatures finally dropped well below freezing on Monday. We have 24-inches of snow at Gate Creek Cabins. Better snow depths remain to the north and west.

No trail grooming will be taking place from here on out. However, the trails are generally in good shape. The snow bridges are holding. Some moguls have formed in the necked-down areas. We took advantage of the sunshine this morning and rode the State Park Loop. Scratchers were not needed since there is a soft layer on top of the packed snow. The deepest soft snow was on the Tokositna River Flats. It looked like about 4-5-inches. Snow is covering the tops of the Peters Hills once again. Weekend riders reported that it seemed like the Hills received much more snow than right at Gate Creek Cabins.

Please slow down going through necked down areas. Watch for holes on the creeks. Some water is flowing.

Like us on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/GateCreekCabins for frequent updates.

Duane & Sandy Ryks

Talkeetna
reported by
NRCS

Susitna Valley High Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Maclaren River
11/28/2013

Maclaren River Lodge will be closed
Oct 1...until Feb 15, 2014

Lake Louise
3/25/2014
reported by
Wolf Pack

SNOW: Total 46" of snow and settling due to warm temps

TEMPERATURE/WEATHER: Weather available on line, Click Here for current weather .

TRAIL CONDITIONS/GROOMING:
 
bulletWinter Lakes Louise groomed 3/25
 
bullet

Winter Lakes Susitna groomed 3/25

bullet

Crosswind-Big Bay groomed 3/4

bullet

Crosswind North groomed 1/3

bullet

Big Rock groomed 1/22

bullet

Tolsona groomed 3/3

bullet

Eureka West Trail broken 1/28

bullet

Eureka-John Lake 3/25

bullet

Eureka-Moore Lake trail broken 3/26

bullet

Mendeltna-Caribou Lakes groomed 3/18

bullet

Bob Lake 3/18

bullet

Crosswind West-Cindy groomed 3/4

LAKE TRAILS: Lake Louise Winter Lake Trail down to the lake is in a slightly different location to avoid the pressure ridges. There are 5 ridges this year, with ice piled up to 5 feet.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The Lakes are well frozen with over 30 inches of ice. The trail marking crew found no overflow Saturday while marking the trail. Watch for bumps, ice ridges and Caribou 

GENERAL: Use extreme caution. Stay on the edges.

Eureka Lodge
3/11/2014
reported by
Eureka Lodge

That’s right- 18 inches of FRESH SNOW here at Eureka. Spring break is in full-swing. We had a wonderful time with the riding crowd last weekend. Come up this week to play in the fresh snow and remember to mark March 22nd on your calendars for the Spring Fling Poker Run.

Sheep Mountain Lodge
9/7/2013

reported by
Sheep Mountain Lodge
NOTICE:
 
The Lodge will be closed for the 2013-14 WINTER season. No foodservice or cabin rentals will be available Oct-April.
 
The Lodge will re-open for the regular summer season beginning
May 16, 2014.
Monument
Creek

reported by
NRCS

Monument Creek Snotel Site
Click here for Current Snow Depth

 

Central Area
Anchorage, Big Lake, Nancy Lake, Willow, Bentalit, Skwentna

 
Big Lake
4/4/2014
reported by
Big Lake Trails

Temperatures are ranging from about 8 degrees in the morning to 50 degrees by mid-day. Water crossings are still good but getting slightly wet. 

The Big Lake area trails have set up hard with just enough snow on top for lubrication. Some patchy areas of exposed ground are showing on Trails 1 and 4 near the power line. The Lake itself is mostly down to ice on the marked trail. Ice scratchers are recommended. There is still some great riding in the swamps and the trails are holding up.

With the change in weather, it does appear spring has begun to sprung. Big Lake Trails has concluded it's grooming season but continues to work with the railroad, the Borough and other entities to assure you have a great new trail system next year. Watch for these changes and announcements. We hope that your experience on the trails this year has been a great one.

Thanks for your support,  
--
Dan Mayfield
Big Lake Trails, Inc.

Susitna Landing
4/15/2014
reported by
Mid Valley Trail

The TLST was groomed and the stakes have been pulled from the Deshka trail. The Deshka trail, the TLST trail and the Rabideau trail are all passable but they are getting soft in the pm and the swamps and river have soft and wet areas. Take great caution if you are out there on the trails. Chunks of the river or swamp areas can break at any time now. Trapper Lake is hard in the mornings but slushy in the pm.

-Lou-
Willow Area
3/20/2014
reported by
WACO

A little Snow !    A little grooming !     Cold temps a night !     Warm temps during the day !
That is bound to make great riding in Willow!

A little new snow this week. Around 7 at night and 35 in late afternoon.
Swamp riding is great and you can go anywhere.
After one of the worst winters in year the spring is looking great!
Come and bring the family to Willow

Yentna River
11/30/2012
Luce's Lodge has been sold and the new owners are in the process of converting the lodge into their home.

No services food or fuel will be offered, so plan accordingly your trips on the Yentna

Deshka Landing/
Big Susitna

4/4/2014
reported  by
DLOA
The lows at night have been down to zero and low single digits, Highs in the mid 30's and 40's with lots of sun shine. Getting up to the low 50's especially in the sun.

Warmer temps in the afternoons. The trails still remain hard with some softening in the afternoons. Ice is slick below the powder and the overland trails remain very firm.

 

Bentalit Lodge
reported by
NRCS

Bentalit Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Ayrshire Road  Trailhead
3/28/2014
reported  by
MSB
Temperature 21 low 41 high
Latest New Snow:
0"
Total Snowfall: 34"
Base: 5"
Parking Fee: $5
Point Mackensie
reported by
NRCS

Pt Mackensie Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Nancy Lake SRA
4/13/2014
reported  by
DNR

 

AREA

STATUS

NEW
SNOW

AVG.
DEPTH

COMMENTS

Lake Ice

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Canoe Trail

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Butterfly Lake

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Year Round Trails

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Red Shirt Trail

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

East Red Shirt Lake Trail

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Public Use Cabin Access

Open

0"

0-18"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

West Rolly Lake
Motorized corridor

Open

0"

22"

Closed to snowmobiles
Monday 4/14/14

Freezing temperatures overnight - highs approaching 40 degrees during the day. Trails will soften during the day and firm up overnight. No overflow observed but be cautious of lake inlets and outlets as the spring progresses, this is where the ice will be soften and open water will appear first. Spring is here so prepare for snow vehicle closures to be coming within the next 1-3 weeks depending on weather conditions.

Please note: A $5 day-use fee or 2014 annual parking pass is required at most trailheads throughout

All areas south of Nancy Lake Parkway are open to the use of snowmachines.
Snowmachines must be registered per AS 28.39.010
Nancy Lake Parkway is closed to highway vehicles at the Winter Trailhead

Average snow depth is recorded uncompressed.
Snowmobile openings are based on many variables including packed snow base and vegetation coverage

Day use fees are $5/calendar day. 
You may self register at the trailhead or purchase a 2014 day use pass for $40 from any state park office, ranger, or online at www.alaskastateparks.org.

Hatcher Pass
reported by
NRCS

Hatcher Pass Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Hatcher Pass
4/17/2014

reported  by
DNR

AREA

STATUS

NEW
SNOW

AVG.
DEPTH

COMMENTS

Goldmint Lot

Closed

0"

28"

 
Archangel Valley Reed Lake Closed

0"

36"

 

Fishhook Lot Closed

0"

24-26"

 

Summit Lake Closed

0"

0-+50"

 

 

Day use fees are $5/calendar day. 
You may self register at the trailhead or purchase a 2012 day use pass for $40 from any state park office, ranger, or online at www.alaskastateparks.org.

Chugach
State Park
4/17/2014
reported  by
DNR

AREA

STATUS

NEW
SNOW

AVG.
DEPTH

COMMENTS

Hillside

Closed

0"

 

 

Bird Valley

Closed

0"

 

 
Eagle River
MP 7.4

Closed

0"

 

Eklutna

Closed

0"

 

 

Peters Crk

Closed

0"

 

 

Ptarmigan

Closed

0"

 

 

Average snow depth is recorded uncompressed.
Snowmobile openings are based on many variables including packed snow base and vegetation coverage

Day use fees are $5/calendar day. 
You may self register at the trailhead or purchase a 2012 day use pass for $40 from any state park office, ranger, or online at www.alaskastateparks.org.

Anchorage Hillside
reported by
NRCS

Anchorage Hillside Snotel Site
(Click here for Current Snow Depth)

 

South Central Area
Turnagain Pass, Kenai Peninsula, 

 

Weather for Turnagain
4/17/2014

FRIDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE MID 20S TO UPPER 30S. SOUTH TO EAST WIND TO 15 MPH. THROUGH PORTAGE VALLEY AND TURNAGAIN ARM...EAST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S TO MID 50S. LIGHT WINDS EXCEPT NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH NEAR SEWARD.
SATURDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO UPPER 30S. LIGHT WINDS EXCEPT NORTH 15 MPH NEAR SEWARD.
SUNDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING...THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S TO MID 50S. VARIABLE WIND TO 10 MPH. NEAR SEWARD...NORTH WIND 10 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S. LIGHT WINDS EXCEPT NORTH 10 MPH NEAR SEWARD.

Glacier District
4/11
/2014
r
eported  by
CNF

AREA

COMMENTS

Turnagain Pass

Open

Placer River

Closed

Twenty Mile

Closed
Closed effective March 1st due to the most recent warm up and lack of snow cover.

Skookum

.Closed

Johnson Pass

Closed

Turnagain Pass
reported by
NRCS

Turnagain Pass Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Grandview
reported by
NRCS

Grandview Snotel Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Seward Ranger
District

4/17
/2014
r
eported  by
CNF

AREA

COMMENTS

Carter Lake

Closed

Lost Lake

.Closed

Primrose

.Closed

Resurrection

.Closed

Snug Harbor

Open
Open through Easter weekend (April 19th/ 20th). Please stay on existing road bed to gain access into Lost Lake

South Fork/
Snow River

Closed

Summit Lake Closed
Summit Lake
reported by
NRCS

Summit Lake Snotel Site
Click here for Current Snow Depth

Caribou Hills
reported by
NRCS

Anchor River Divide Site
Click Here for Current Snow Depth

Caribou Hills
3/20/2014

reported by
CHCH

New Snow ~ 3" (at Freddie's)

Oilwell Road plowed: 02/21/14
Clam Gulch Parking Plowed: In good shape
Gravel Pit Parking Plowed: In good shape

3rd Pad Parking Plowed: In good shape

Trails Groomed

3/17/14 - All of Lobo Lane to Freddie’s Roadhouse           3/17/14 - Jesse's Trail to 126 Trail then to 4 Corners
3/17/14 - Jesse’s Trail to Bypass to Clam Gulch Trail 1/08/14 - Centennial Trail
3/17/14 - Upper Clam Gulch Trail 3/17/14 - Grand Prix Trail
3/17/14 - Clam Gulch Trail to the Sterling Highway 3/17/14 - All of Gravel Pit Trail
3/17/14 - All of Straight Inn Trail to Upper Clam Gulch 3/17/14 - Upper Falls Creek - Straight Inn Trail to Jesse's Trail
3/17/14 - Waterhole Trail from 5th Trail to Gravel Pit Trail 3/17/14 - Lost Creek Trail - Freddie’s Roadhouse to 5th Trail
03/17/14 - 5th Trail to 4 corners  
   

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