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White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Wednesday, August 26, 2015

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Autumn rains have raised water levels on White Mountains rivers and streams. The rainy, cooler weather has presumably dampened or extinguished the Willow Creek and Mt. Schwatka fires, which are burning within or next to the recreation area. These fires are in any case located far from BLM’s summer/fall roads, trails, and facilities.

The BLM will not be updating trail conditions for most trails until next winter.

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.

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.

Last updated: 08-26-2015