White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Friday, April 18, 2014

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Ice at the Beaver Creek trail crossings is sketchy and could go out at any time; traveling beyond Beaver Creek could leave you stranded on the far side and is therefore not advised. The Fossil Gap Trail is impassable due to open water. The Trail Creek, Wickersham Creek, and McKay Creek trails still have plenty of snow, but spring conditions prevail: trails are hard and bumpy in the morning, and slushy in the afternoon. Small creeks and overflow areas are running a lot of water by late afternoon. 

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.

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.