White Mountains Trail Conditions Update
Last updated Friday, March 7, 2014
General Remarks/Safety Alert
The White Mountain trails remain firm and in good condition, with a few inches of recent snow covering January's icy crust. Recent winds have caused moderate drifting in some exposed areas. Most locations have about 24 inches of snow.
This week the crew groomed the Colorado Creek, Bear Creek, McKay Creek, and Lower Nome Creek trails. The trails have been getting a lot of use recently, so even those trails that have not been groomed in the past few weeks probably have had a fair amount of traffic on them.
As a reminder to all trail users.....If you stop by a cabin to warm up during the day, please replace the firewood you burn. The next visitors will be thankful!
Remember to carry survival gear and be prepared for the unexpected, even during day trips. Bad weather or unexpected mishaps may prolong your trip or even mean spending a night on the trail. Also, be sure to leave a detailed trip plan with a friend or family member. A trip plan form (PDF/100 KB) is available on the Alaska State Troopers website.
Wickersham Creek Trail: This trail was groomed as far as Lees on Feb. 4 and is in very good condition. The trail past Lees was groomed on Jan. 28 (to the Moose Creek Junction) and Jan. 17 (to Borealis). Those sections should be in good condition as well.
Trail Creek Trail: The BLM crew groomed this trail as far as Beaver Creek on Feb. 25. The section between Beaver Creek and Cache Mountain Cabin was groomed Feb. 4. The trail is in good condition.
Moose Creek Trail: The BLM groomed this trail Jan. 28. The trail is in good condition.
Fossil Creek Trail: The BLM groomed the lower part of this trail on Jan. 21. The trail is in good condition with the usual overflow ice on Fossil Creek near Windy Gap Cabin.
Fossil Gap Trail: The trail was groomed Feb. 27 and is in good condition with some drifting near the junction with the Colorado Creek Trail.
Colorado Creek Trail: The BLM crew last groomed this trail on Feb. 27. The trail is in good condition with some drifting in open areas.
Big Bend Trail: This trail has not yet been broken or groomed by the BLM this season.
Windy Creek Trail: The BLM groomed the lower part of this trail on Feb. 27. The upper section was last groomed on Jan. 2. The trail is in good condition, with minor drifting and a few patches of overflow ice a few miles from Windy Gap on the Wolf Run side.
McKay Creek Trail: The BLM groomed this trail on March 3. The trail is in good condition, but recent winds have caused minor drifting in places.
Cache Mountain Divide Trail: The BLM last groomed this trail on Jan. 7. The trail is in decent condition though soft in places, particularly near the Divide. The Ice Lakes section was in good condition as of last weekend. The trail between the Ice Lakes and Windy Gap was reported in good condition.
Lower Nome Creek Trail was groomed March 3 and is in good condition.
Bear Creek Trail was groomed March 3 and is in good condition.
Cabin Reservations and Information
For reservations and permits, visit the BLM office in Fairbanks (address below) or call the BLM Public Lands Information Office at (907) 474-2251. Cabins must be paid for in advance and the permit carried with you to the cabin. Trail shelters are free of charge and used on a first come, first served basis. Cabins may not have firewood present for the woodstove, so plan to carry some with you or cut some along the way. As a courtesy, replace the firewood that you use. Dog owners please remember to clean up after your dogs.
Detailed trail and cabin descriptions are available at the Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office located at 1150 University Ave. in Fairbanks. A map of areas open to motorized vehicle use is also available.