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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Denali Highway Area – Paxson to Cantwell. ASC Silver Business Member – Alpine Creek Lodge Facebook Updates


3/25/17 Recent Facebook Posts

Alpine Creek Lodge facebook posts

12/28 Denali Highway Update! Our last vehicle went to Cantwell today. We advise that vehicle traffic stop today and it’s time to get your snow machines and dog teams out for safe winter travel! There is plenty of snow for riding in from Cantwell or Paxson! Snow has been falling all day and is expected to continue through Friday! Welcome Winter! The road will reopen on May 15th, officially!

Snow is coming down!! Supposed to be high and deep! Check out our live webcam to watch it pile up. If your lucky enough, you might spot the very rare sight of Bob shoveling snow off the deck. The first person to screen shot that and post it on this post will win a free night for one person!

Alpine Creek Lodge Website

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Welcome to Alpine Creek Lodge! We are an Alaska Lodge located at mile 68 of the Denali Highway, and we are open year round for you! We have spent most of our lives in Alaska.  Claude started out in Fairbanks as a kid, and then attended college at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka Alaska. Claude has lived in many Alaskan communities, including Fairbanks, Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Ketchikan, Craig, Wrangell, Juneau, Pelican, Yakutat, Soldotna and Kenai.  Jennifer grew up in Anchorage and then went back to Delaware for a few years with family and to attend college.  Our son, Bob, was born in 2003, and he is truly enjoying the lifestyle of remote living at the lodge.

There are so many opportunities  here that in a lifetime you couldn’t do them all. We want to welcome you to what we believe is the TRUE Alaska adventure. No long lines, no crowds, and best of all no buses! We want to share with you the things that we get to experience every day. The gorgeous scenery, the wildlife, the fresh air, in essence how Alaska was meant to be seen. Up close and personal. We would love it if you would come join us for some adventure, great friends, great food, and our genuine Alaskan hospitality. Thank you for considering Alpine Creek Lodge!

Welcome to Alpine Creek Lodge! We are an Alaska Lodge located at mile 68 of the Denali Highway, and we are open year round for you! We have spent most of our lives in Alaska.  Claude started out in Fairbanks as a kid, and then attended college at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka Alaska. Claude has lived in many Alaskan communities, including Fairbanks, Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Ketchikan, Craig, Wrangell, Juneau, Pelican, Yakutat, Soldotna and Kenai.  Jennifer grew up in Anchorage and then went back to Delaware for a few years with family and to attend college.  Our son, Bob, was born in 2003, and he is truly enjoying the lifestyle of remote living at the lodge.

We have a restaurant that is open for anyone to stop in and have a great meal while traveling the Denali Highway.  Chef Chrissy is an amazing cook who prepares all of our meals and desserts.  Breakfast and Dinner are all you can eat and served family style.  Lunches are made to order with the choices of Hamburgers, Grilled Cheese, Deli Sandwiches, Chili and Homemade Soups.

We are a full service Lodge with all accommodations. We have wireless internet and satellite TV in the main living room area of the lodge. Bring your laptop if you need to stay in touch with your friends, family, or business associates.

    • ATV Tours and Excursions
    • Northern Lights Viewing
    • Snow Machine/Snowmobile
    • Gold Panning
    • Photography
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Bird Watching
    • Geocaching
    • Fly and Spin Fishing
Claude and Jennifer Bondy
Alpine Creek Lodge
907-743-0565
alpinecreeklodgealaska@gci.net
www.alpinecreeklodge.com

ARCHIVED REPORTS FROM LAST SEASON

7-Mar-2016:  Eleven Anchorage Snowmobile Club members converged on Alpine Creek Lodge for four days of awesome food, glorious sunshine, northern lights, and as much as 250 miles of mountain riding in three days in the Clearwater Mountains and the Clearwater Creek and Maclaren River drainages.  Highlights of our clubs trip include lunching at the foot of the Maclaren Glacier in the West Fork Maclaren River and working on our tans after boon-docking 20 miles thru back-country passes and leaving our tell-tale “signatures” in two-foot  deep powder.  Conditions were variable up high (wind blown) but most valley floors have good powder and riding.  Consult club members including board members Tim Cook, Jerry Siok or Dave Agosti for specifics on the best riding areas if you plan on riding along the Denali Highway – we recommend staying at Alpine Creek Lodge.  We know where the best snow is and where to avoid.

 

16-Jan-2016

Snow is excellent out here. Great riding everywhere with a great base of several feet on the ground. The trail was groomed on 1/16/16 from Paxson to Alpine Creek by the Denali Highway Trails Club, and the trail from Cantwell to Alpine Creek is well packed down and great running. Some wind drifts around Canyon Creek, but nothing not easily negotiable. We’ll be re-grooming that end in the next couple of weeks. Plenty of space available out here at Alpine Creek Lodge! Come on out for a visit!

If you have any questions, give a call at 907-743-0565. Ask for Jennifer or Claude

Claude and Jennifer Bondy
Alpine Creek Lodge
907-743-0565
alpinecreeklodgealaska@gci.net
www.alpinecreeklodge.com
Facebook:  Alpine Creek Lodge Alaska
 

Archived reports

15-Dec-2015  Lots of snow to play in!!! We have had a fresh 8 inches of snow over the last couple days! Trail is great and we still have rooms open this weekend! Get those sleds out and come enjoy the snow!!!!

11/30/2015.  Trail update: The trail from Cantwell is pushed in, and the riders put in the Windy Creek Trail, the Valdez Mine Trail, Hatchet Lake Trail, and opened up the Denali Highway all the way past the Maclaren River. There is a LOT of snow around. We picked up about 5 feet of new snow over the last 10 days, and now it’s settling nicely and colder temps are really making it great! Early riding season is on! Shake those cobwebs off those machines and bring them out! Be aware that DOT is plowing the Denali Highway into MP 119. They are working on the highway in that spot for at least the next 2 weeks. So you can drive in that far and park. We look forward to seeing you out here! Claude

10/20/2015 –  We received several more inches of snow in the last 48 hours. Expecting more over the next few days. Trail riding has been excellent. We are packing down the trails on Windy Creek, Valdez Creek and several others. We aren’t hitting any rocks and snow packed on the trails is 8 to 12 inches. About 2 feet throughout the woods. Snow has been piling up North of MP 62 where we ride in the mountains since September. The snow that fell on the coffee shop up there never melted. If you are unfamiliar with the coffee shop, you’ll have to come out riding and I’ll show you!

The Highway riding in is excellent from Cantwell. Fast and fairly smooth. We have been pulling a drag back and forth from Cantwell. No gravel showing anywhere along that route.

They are doing work about 20 miles in putting some more rock where the Nenana is close to the road, so it is being plowed to that point, and the latest word is that the work will be complete around December 14th. So plan on driving to that point, or expect thin snow from Cantwell to that point.

The trail East is virtually untouched. A couple of mushers have been down there, but for the most part its all untouched snow! There is a lot more snow starting just a couple of miles East of us.