March 31st Denali State Parks Trails Report from Alaska State Parks – denalireport033117
South Denali Trails map: Denali State Park Trails Map
MARCH 31ST – Alaska Sno Cat – Spring is in the air! A few inches of fresh snow this week coupled with much warmer temps has softened up the snow pack and signaled the beginning of spring riding. Trails are in great shape with all were groomed this week except for the Trapper Creek Winter/Rabiduex trail. Grooming will continue for a couple of more weeks but will focus on the most heavily used areas.
Lots of fun to be had this weekend with a poker run, Easter egg hunt, BBQs, lodging services and warm weather. Visit Petersville Community Non-Profit, Curry Ridge Riders and the many lodge’s Facebooks and web pages for the latest details.
Don’t be an April fool….come out to P-ville and ride!!!
3/6/2017 Petersville Area and Chulitna Bluff trails have been well groomed by Randy Crosby (Alaska Snow Cat) and are very smooth. Powder snow has been wind affected in the swamps and rivers, so its hard to find much of any soft stuff. A refresh of snow is certainly needed! Along the trail system, the snow pack is relatively packed and shallow due to the extended moderate winds. Alaska Avalanche School & Zacs Tracs of Alberta put on an awesome Level 1 Avalanche Safety Training school in Petersville this past weekend specific and relevant to snowmachiners. Snow pits dug during the training on some untracked hillsides in the Petersville area show a lightly consolidated upper snow pack with a layer of completely unconsolidated and faceted (sugar) snow near the ground. This lowest layer would cause the entire snowpack to slide if in steep enough avalanche terrain. However, knowledgeable folks have noted that this may not be representative of the Dutch Hills snow pack and there is limited information for that area to make generalizations or extrapolations. You just gotta get out there and check it out!!
2/18/2017 – Jon Agosti, Mark Wishall and board member Dave Agosti rode from mile 131 along the North Loop Trail and up the Tokositna River to Tokositna Glacier, attempting to get all the way to Kanikula Glacier, but flat light made it difficult to explore past the Toko. No open water until we got close to the outflow of the Toko. glacier and had to make one small crossing in 8″ of water. The snow depth steadily improves the further you get up the Tokositna river and becomes untracked and waste deep. I can send you a GPS data file, which you an overlay on Google Earth, to see the route. The club ride to Kanikula glacier next month led by the one and only Jerry Siok, which follows this route, should be really good. Don’t miss it!
We rode pretty much the whole area yesterday and there was 5-6″ of fresh snow on the P-ville Rd. and less going west towards Collensville. Back in Cache Creek again was in the 6″ level as was the E/W Express. However heading north along the Chulita River it got deeper with 9″ total new snow near mile 131.
LAST YEARS REPORTS
March 25, 2016
Things are a little sloppy up here in the Petersville area right now. There is still plenty of snow but the temps have been warmer than normal and it has rained very lightly today. According to the forcast it will get below freezing for the next few nights with a chance of snow and then warm up even more next week.
All the trails were groomed this week so get out and get some riding in as the season won’t last forever!
Reported by Randy of Alaska Snow Cat
March 18, 2016 Happy St. Patty’s Day to all !
It would appear March is going to go out like a lamb…..reports from Trapper Creek suggest snowfall total the past couple days is around 3 inches and other areas north of Talkeetna in the South Denali area from 3 to 5 inches new snow. Daytime temperatures are starting to inch above freezing in South Denali, so expect a thin layer of new crust in the mornings with hardpack underneath.
As of this writing, it’s 20 degrees in Anchorage at 1pm–which is in stark contrast to the past several days of 40’s for a high! Scratchers are the order of the day when riding in South Denali for liquid-cooled sleds, but there is PLENTY of snow base covering everything since what we did have so far this winter, settled nicely and gone are the snow-drift ridges we had in the early season. Bridges are holding up nicely with the cooler nights except for Rabbideaux Creek which partially collapsed in February, but you can safely get through there using the powerline trail on the other side of the highway. Powder snow can still be found far and wide in the trees if you search hard enough.
The trails are hard and fast and everything is groomed nicely for an enjoyable ride. This Saturday, 3/19/16 is a Search-n-Rescue and Trail Grooming Fundraiser by the newly organized “Petersville Community Non-Profit Corporation” (www.pcnpc.org) and Michele Stevens. Curry Ridge Riders will have a membership drive table set up so com’mon by and say hello! Breakfast is going to be served by the organizers of the event from 930 to 1130am in the Kroto Creek Parking Lot with a Snowmachine “Fun-Run” (poker run style) taking in GPS checkpoints around the area. A donation of $20 is requested for the breakfast and Fun-Run. Parking is going to be tight on Saturday considering this is the first “countable” new snow in South Denali, so you might want to park at the free parking in Trapper Creek Inn parking lot and ride out.
Monday, 3/21/16 is our annual Board of Directors elections and your ballot is needed–don’t forget to send it in. Details on place and time are in a previous email.
GET OUT THERE AND RIDE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!!
Well same story as last week. Excellent riding conditions! Saying that just does not get old. Light snow feel early in the week on the west side of the trail system. Cooler temps at night and warmer temps during the day make for great spring riding. Riding later in the day provides the softer snow conditions and cooling for the sled. Mid Valley Trail Club is reporting the same conditions. Rabiduex snowbridge is still out of service near MP 110. So if you follow the power line you can still go north and south.
Shout out to Trapper Creek Inn (Tom and Connie), hosting last weekend’s funds drive for the trail system. Fantastic Success! A great showing and a huge thank you for all supporting this most important cause.
If you have not joined a club or renewed your membership, it’s never too late. Your membership counts and cost is small, but your support is priceless.
HB 319: This bill was introduced by Rep Cathy Tilton . This bill is extremely important. Curry Ridge Riders and ASSA totally support this pending legislation. It simply increases the registration on the sleds and allows for a 6 year registration period, in which all funds collected are earmarked to SNOTRAC who allocates the funds to grants for grooming of the trails. SNOTRACT board is made up of actually users from across the state. PLEASE call or write your state representative showing your support for this important bill preserving maintenance and grooming of our winter trails. Remember if you ride on borough lands and especially in the state parks, your sled is required to be registered. Part of our trail system (North Loop) enters Denali State Park. Remember, our Park Ranger (Chris), loves to ride, do I need to say more?
Last bit of information, after sending out the grooming/trail report for almost 7 years, I am stepping aside and Michelle is going to pick up the reigns. A social media giant, she is, managing the hot line, the FB page and now the mail box! Thanks Michelle! If you have not checked out the CRR’s FB page, you need to!
CRRs would like to thank you all for your continued support.
Stay safe and hope to see you on the trails.
24-Feb-2016: All the trails were groomed again this week except for the Trapper Creek to Rabiduex Trail. We had pretty good wind all day tuesday and it moved most of the new snow into low lying and protected areas. Warmer than normal temps are predicted for the next week or so but the snow pack is holding up real nice as of now. Temps have been below freezing at night and warm up in the low 30s by noon.
There is a big Winter Carnival at the Trapper Creek Inn saturday with lots of events …for kids and a band for the adults. There will be booths with vendors and the Curry Ridge Riders and Anchorage Snowmobile Clubs will be present to share club news and sign up members, both old and new. There will be food to purchase inside the Inn and hot dogs available out at the gazebo prepared by the CRRs.
Come out to Trapper Creek this weekend and join in the fun!!
23-Feb-2016: Excellent trail conditions, great spring riding temps, new snow fall and no RAIN so far ! Conditions are nothing like that found in Anchorage, Eagle River or Wasilla. Come to Snow Country.
Reminder: Trapper Creek Inn (TCI) is hosting the FUNd the Trails Winter Carnival this coming weekend. Fun for all, come visit and go riding. Events scheduled from noon to 6. Event being sponsored by the Anchorage Snowmobile Club (ASC) and the SnowRider publication.
Curry Ridge Riders will be on scene to discuss trail funding issues and renew club memberships.
Free hotdogs and chili for all new and renewed memberships.
Face Book: Well, CRRs now has a facebook page. So, between the Mid Valley Trail Club, Ak Snow Cat, CRRs, ASC and all the Inns and Lodges you can get the most up to date snow and local riding conditions. Visit our new page and see the all the scheduled weekend events.
Grooming will be done early this week for all the major trails to beat the warmer temps being forecasted later in the week. Trails should be in excellent shape.
Remember, the CRRs trail system encompasses over 120 miles of established, marked and groom trails. Spanning that large of an area, snow conditions vary in quality and depth. We ask all to leave comments on the various FaceBook pages of conditions you encounter for all to read. Best snow conditions are west and north within the trail system.
Please come out and show your support.