Hatcher Pass – April 17, 2017. All Motorized Trails Closed Except Summit Lake (Access to Back Side Riding Areas)!

Trail Conditions Reported By: Alaska State Parks DNR



Click on link following for details  listing open trails and advisories from Alaska State Parks:  hatcherreport041717

4/17/17 – No new snow fell since the last report on 4/7/17. Temperatures have been climbing above freezing during the day and dropping below freezing at night resulting in freeze-thaw melting. The snowpack has turned isothermal in the lower elevations and has begun turning isothermal in the upper elevations. The snow-pack above 3,000 feet is variable. Numerous springtime point release slides have been observed recently. Due to deteriorating snow conditions, the Goldmint Trailhead, Archangel Valley and the Fishhook Trailhead are now close to snowmobiling. The TRAIL CORRDOR ONLY from the the mile 17.5 pullout just blew the Hatcher Pass Lodge up through Hatcher Pass will remain open to snowmobiling. Any observed off-trail riding will result in immediate closure for the season.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots are clear of snow and ice. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections when the temperature drops below freezing. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

 

No new snow fell since the last report on 4/7/17. Temperatures have been climbing above freezing during the day and dropping below freezing at night resulting in freeze-thaw melting. The snowpack has turned isothermal in the lower elevations and has begun turning isothermal in the upper elevations. The snow-pack above 2,500 feet remains variable. Numerous springtime point release slides have been observed recently. Due to deteriorating snow conditions, the areas below the Fishhook Trailhead (Including the Goldmint Trailhead and Archangel Valley) will close to snowmobiling effective 4/15/17 at 6:00 PM. The trail CORRDOR ONLY from the Fishhook Trailhead through Hatcher Pass will remain open to snowmobiling. Any observed off-trail riding will result in immediate closure for the season.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots are clear of snow and ice. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections when the temperature drops below freezing. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

 

3-5″ of new snow fell since the last report on 3/21/17. Winds picked up with gusts up to 30 MPH in the higher elevations for a while on 3/30/17. Temperatures have started climbing above freezing today causing the new surface snow to melt. The snow-pack above 2,500 feet is variable. Generally the snow-pack has been sublimating from the cold temps we’ve had until recently. Some melting and freeze-thaw effect has begun in southerly aspects.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots have been plowed. The roadway pavement is already exposed. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

Avalanche danger is Considerable – get the new forecast from Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center Forecast

The Department of Natural Resources has created a web-based report for recreational user conflicts in the East Hatcher Pass Management Area. To access the report go to: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/planning/mgtplans/hatcher/incident_rpt/. 

Collected information may be used to assist DNR in identifying recreational conflict types and areas of conflict. These reports will not necessarily result in active enforcement or investigation. Additional information can also be provided to the area rangers by contacting the Mat-Su Area Headquarters at 907-745-8950.

For the latest trails report update for Hatcher Pass,  go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm

Additional snow and weather information can be found at:

NCRS  Independence Mine Snow-Tel Website at: http://ambcs.org/SiteViewer.shtml or

Marmot Mountain weather station website at: http://www.cnjaic.org/wx/wx_marmot.php

Please note: A $5 day-use parking fee or 2015 annual parking pass is required at most trailheads throughout the Hatcher Pass Area. 2015 passes are now available and can be purchased online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes.cfm or purchased from park offices, park staff, REI, and AMH.

 

 

 

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area. All Trails Closed 13-April-2017

Reported By: AKDNR 14-Apr-2016

All trails were closed on  13-April-2017.  See  you next year

Note:  Average snow depth recorded is uncompressed. Snowmobile openings are based on the snowpack’s ability to protect underlying vegetation and include: depth measurements, snow density, wind loading, temperatures, forecast, terrain, topography, elevation, and snow base and ice conditions. River and lake ice crossing safety is not implied and at the risk of the individual.

A $5 day-use fee or 2016/17 annual parking pass is required at trailheads throughout the park. Please respect private properties adjacent to park land. Please check the Alaska State Parks website or call 745-8950 for current conditions.

All snowmobiles must have their current registration tags displayed when used on public lands.

CONTACT: Ben Corwin, Park Ranger, Susitna District, Alaska State Parks. 907-495-6211,
ben.corwin@alaska.gov

Best current weather data available from this area: http://www.wunderground.com/US/AK/Willow.html
The current park map is available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/nancylk/nancylakemap.pdf
The park winter map is available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/nancylk/nanwimap.htm

 

Susitna Landing – Mid-Valley Trail Club – April 1, 2017 Club Ride Sponsored by Sheep Creek Lodge

Reported by: Mid Valley Trail 17-Mar-2016

Facebook Page: Mid-Valley Trail Club

April 1, 2017:  ASC Club Ride sponsored by Sheep Creek Lodge.

NEW DAY RIDE !! Sheep Creek Lodge (RSVP Please)

When:

April 1, 2017 all-day
2017-04-01 08:00 AM – verify start time with Gene Gerken
Where:
RSVP Please (see details below)
North parking lot MP 88
Willow AK
Contact:
Gene Gerken
907-441-8981

BRAND NEW Day Ride !!!  Sheep Creek Lodge …..we’ll be riding the area trails in the mid Susitna Valley.  Meet at parking lot MP88 on the Parks Highway in North Willow (5 miles south of Talkeetna Spur) and depart 10am.  THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE-SKILL LEVEL RIDE taking in the area trails but nothing overly technical.  We’ll probably cut somewhere around 80 miles and back at the cars by 4 to 5pm.  

BUT WAIT !!  THAT’S NOT ALL !!

Sheep Creek Lodge has delicious dining and COZY environs so how about accommodations overnight ??  They’re offering ASC Members deeply discounted accommodations @ $79 instead of $89 for cabin OR $105 instead of $132 for a lodge room, based on single or double occupancy.  For more information and reservations for lodging, call Sheep Creek Lodge directly at 907-495-6227 and be certain to mention your membership.  NOTE THAT YOU MUST BE ON THE DAY RIDE TO RECEIVE THIS SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE.  Sheep Creek Lodge is also providing live musical entertainment Saturday evening in the lodge from 8 to 11pm for our enjoyment !

PLEASE RSVP if you are going on this day ride to Gene Gerken at 

yamahariderak@gmail.com

Bring full gas & oil, sack lunch, beverage out on the trail and your camera…..and check the hotline 689-7777 just before you leave for any changes to the schedule.  

We’re gonna have a blast….!!

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Glad to see Molly out on the trails. She and Jessy work hard at the lodge. Planning 10am 4/1 ride from sheep creek lodge. Details to follow on route to rabideaux trail then up to curry ridge BBQ.

 Trail update for Friday March 17: today we were able to get the South/Deshka Trail groomed. Yesterday the trail from Trapper Lake to Susitna Landing was groomed and tomorrow we will be grooming the North/Rabideux trail. The trails are in very good shape after grooming and as always, please be aware of changing trail conditions. The Photo is of the South Trail where we were grooming today.
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For the most up to date information on the Susitna Landing – Trapper Lake Trail report, visit the Mid Valley Trail Club on Facebook.

The Mid-Valley Trail Club is an organization for outdoor winter sports oriented people. The members are snowmachiners, dog-mushers, x-country skiers and others who enjoy using well groomed trails in the Mat-Su Valley.

Join the club and ride the trails

Big Lake Trails Club – March 25 Update

Reported by: Big Lake Trails 1/3/2016

Membership ride 2017 – Fun and excitement!
Thanks to David Streit for leading up the ride and his son for acting as sweep. Thanks also go out to EagleQuest Lodge for the great lunch.

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Trail Report March 23rd, 2017

The trails at Big Lake are hard, fast and in great shape. The weather has been nothing short of fantastic. Off trail riding is improving with the warming weather. Scratchers or studs are recommended for liquid cooled engines if you stay on the established trails.

Come get your spring riding on at Big Lake. You’ll be glad you did.

See maps below if you plan to ride the area…

Big Lake Area Snowtrac Groomed Trails

Big Lake Area Trails Map (back)

Big Lake Area Trails Map

Thanks for your support,
Dan Mayfield
For the  most current information see Big Lake Trails, Inc. on facebook.

Deshka Landing/Big Susitna River – ASC Silver Business Member EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge

Reported by: Dave Luce 2/12/2016

 Wherever your travels take you, plan on a visit to EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge, just a short distance off the George Parks Hwy.

We’re located in a peaceful and beautiful setting with convenient access to popular winter and summer activities.

EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge opened in 2006 to provide visitors to Deshka Landing a place to enjoy a hot meal and a stay before or after a trip on the Deshka River. We’re a family-run business where everyone has a place and there’s a place for everyone, most especially our guests who we treat as our extended family.

The lodge offers a full breakfast and lunch menu along with espressos and warm cinnamon buns. The atmosphere is friendly and conversation is always lively. Stop by and enjoy a good home cooked meal that fills you up but doesn’t empty your wallet.

     

We host events and parties at EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge and can also cater.

     

Warm, cozy cabins are available for rent all year long and are the perfect place to stay before or after a day of fishing or a winter trail ride!

Take advantage of the opportunity to hire a fishing, hunting or trail guide who can take you to some wonderful fishing spots, guide you on an Alaskan hunting trip or lead you on an exciting snowmobile ride.

We offer small engine repair services for ATVs, boats and snowmobiles. If you find yourself in need of a mechanic while on the river or trails, call EagleQuest at 907-355-3053 or 907-495-1116 and we’ll help you out.

Come to EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge for a visit. We’ll make you feel welcome and part of our family.

Cindy and Kevin look forward to seeing you at the lodge.

“They will soar on wings like eagles.”  –Isaiah 40:31

Kevin & Cindy Hite
EagleQuest Cabins and Lodge
907-495-1116