White Mountains Trail Conditions Update
Last updated Friday, April 11, 2014
General Remarks/Safety Alert
The White Mountains trails are holding up surprisingly well despite warm temperatures and long, sunny days. In general, the trails are a bit hard and bumpy, but there's still plenty of snow out there.
Next week (April 14 - 18) the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter will be occupied by our first White Mountains Artist in Residence and unavailable to other visitors.
Trail grooming has stopped for the season as the crew takes care of maintenance projects at the cabins.
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 on March 25 and is in good condition. The first few miles are hard and bumpy. The creek crossings between "Wickersham Wall" and Borealis-LeFevre Cabin will likely have up to 4 to 6 inches of standing water by late afternoon.
Trail Creek Trail: The BLM crew groomed this trail on March 25. The trail is in great condition, but expect some drifting between Moose Creek and Crowberry cabins and a few patches of overflow ice between Beaver Creek and Cache Mountain Cabin.
Moose Creek Trail: The BLM groomed this trail Jan. 28. The trail was reported in good condition last week but probably has some drifting.
Fossil Creek Trail: The BLM groomed this trail on March 25. The trail is in good condition with the usual overflow ice and water on Fossil Creek approximately a mile below Windy Gap Cabin. The groomers broke a trail through the trees in case the water gets deeper on the creek.
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 was groomed by the BLM on March 18 and is in good condition.
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 20. The trail is in good condition.
Cache Mountain Divide Trail: The BLM last groomed this trail on March 25. The trail is in good condition, although there has been considerable wind and drifting at the Divide, obscuring the trail in some places. The Ice Lakes section has been active recently. Expect to encounter water and challenging ice conditions there.
Lower Nome Creek Trail was groomed March 20 and is in good condition.
Bear Creek Trail was groomed March 20 and is in good condition. Some slick ice remains where the trail crosses Champion Creek, but last week's bad overflow ice and water is gone.
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.