White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Monday, May 16, 2016

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Trails are beginning to dry out in places but remain wet and soft elsewhere. The Nome Creek Road is now open to both campgrounds. A few soft spots remain in the road, so four-wheel-drive is still recommended. Water (from the wells) has not yet been made available at the campgrounds. The Quartz Creek Trail likely remains blocked by snowdrifts after the first six or seven miles.

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 222 University Ave. in Fairbanks. A map of areas open to motorized vehicle use is also available.