White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Friday, November 7, 2014

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Only about 4 inches of snow are on the ground in the White Mountains, so winter travel conditions remain difficult. No trail grooming can occur until we receive more snow. The trails are bumpy nearly everywhere and rocky in places.  Ice remains sketchy at some creek crossings, and Beaver Creek is still open. So exercise extreme caution around water and ice if you venture out. 

In late June the BLM built a new Moose Creek Cabin up the hill from the old cabin on the Trail Creek Trail (see map below). The new cabin is now available for reservation.

 Map showing old and new Moose Creek Cabins in the White Mountains.

Map showing the new Moose Creek Cabin in relation to the old cabin and nearby trails.

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.

Wickersham Creek Trailhead

Wickersham Creek Trail – This trail is in surprisingly decent condition to Lees Cabin considering how little snow there is. Conditions earlier this week were hard but fairly smooth, with a few rocks in places. Past Lees Cabin the trail was reported by a visitor as considerably rougher, with less snow as you approach Beaver Creek. Wickersham Creek had an open lead with treacherous/impassable conditions.

Trail Creek Trail becomes increasingly rough shortly after Lees Cabin, with deep gullies, ruts, and washouts from last summer's rain. These areas would be problematic for snowmachiners or mushers at present. The BLM trail crew made a temporary bypass around one such spot this week, but until more snow falls, they won't be able to fill in and smooth over these rough parts of the trail. Conditions beyond the new Moose Creek Cabin are unknown.

No information is yet available on conditions on the other White Mountains trails.