Denali State Park – All Trails Closed April 15th, 2017

Reported by: AKDNR State Parks Division 4/22/2016

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March 31, 2017 Advisory: All of DSP is OPEN to snowmachines with the exception of the Curry Ridge Trail and Groomed ski trails. Exposed tundra exists. Avoid driving on these areas.
The Kesugi Ken area is OPEN to snowmachines except for the groomed nonmotorized trails and the Curry Ridge trail. Curry Ridge Trail is closed to motorized use. The Kesugi Ken road and parking lot has been plowed. Firewood sales for the Public Use Cabins are available at the Ranger Station.
Byers Lake gate is open and the road is plowed to the boat launch. The road has been plowed in support of the suspension bridge replacement project. Parking along the Byers Lake Campground Rd is prohibited. Be aware of commercial traffic using the Byers Lake Campground Rd. Vehicles left unattended along the Byers Lake Campground Rd will be towed to ensure flow of traffic. Please park at either the boat launch or Veteran’s Memorial to access Public Use Cabins. Day use fee is in required at the boat launch parking area unless you are renting a Public Use Cabin. Open water around the inlet and outlet of Byers Lake exits and should be avoided.
Chulitna and Tokositna rivers are frozen over but travel is not advised. Troublesome, Byers, and Pass creeks are frozen with multiple open leads and travel is not advised.
Weather Round Up: The week started off with temperature lows in 20’s with highs in the low 40’s. This trend is in contrast to the cool nights DSP had last week. About 4″ of new snow fell but has melted since Monday.
Snow Pack: The spring crust is starting to lose its resilience. The snow pack hasn’t gone isothermal yet but be aware of a rapid warming trend and the effects it has on the snow pack. Average snow depth is hovering around 30-34″.

 

Denali State Park Trails Report – March 24, 2017

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Advisory: All of DSP is OPEN to snowmachines with the exception of the Curry Ridge Trail and Groomed ski trails. Exposed tundra exists. Avoid driving on these areas.
The Kesugi Ken area is OPEN to snowmachines except for the groomed nonmotorized trails and the Curry Ridge trail. Curry Ridge Trail is closed to motorized use. The Kesugi Ken road and parking lot has been plowed. Firewood sales for the Public Use Cabins are available at the Ranger Station.
Byers Lake gate is open and the road is plowed to the boat launch. The road has been plowed in support of the suspension bridge replacement project. Parking along the Byers Lake Campground Rd is prohibited. Be aware of commercial traffic using the Byers Lake Campground Rd. Vehicles left unattended along the Byers Lake Campground Rd will be towed to ensure flow of traffic. Please park at either the boat launch or Veteran’s Memorial to access Public Use Cabins. Day use fee is in required at the boat launch parking area unless you are renting a Public Use Cabin. Open water around the inlet and outlet of Byers Lake exits and should be avoided.
Chulitna and Tokositna rivers are frozen over but travel is not advised. Troublesome, Byers, and Pass creeks are frozen with multiple open leads and travel is not advised.
Weather Round Up: The week started off with temperature lows in the single digits with highs in the low 30’s. Clear skies and windy conditions have persisted since Monday.
Snow Pack: Due to consistent high winds most ridge tops and North facing slopes have exposed tundra. All remaining aspects have boilerplate hard pack conditions with sastrugi surfaces. The snow pack remains resilient but be aware of hard slab formations on leeward slope sides. Average snow depth is hovering around 32-34″.

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Report any problems, complaints, or updates to Chris Love, Park Ranger @ 355-7742 or 745-8950.

Please check the Alaska State Parks website or call 745-8950 for current conditions.

Current weather data is available from this website (Wunderground)

Denali State Park highway parking map available here: current pa

A $5/day use fee or annual parking pass is required at most trail heads throughout the park. Please respect private properties adjacent to parkland. Allsnowmobiles must have their current registration tags displayed when used on public lands. Please check the Alaska State Parks website http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htmorcall745-8950 for current conditions.

Current weather data is available from this website:   http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/US/AK/Denali_National_Park.html

The current park map is available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/uploads/DNRPublic/parks/plans/denali/petersville.pdf

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