White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Friday, October 24, 2014

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

There's a little more snow in the White Mountains than Fairbanks, and more snow is expected today and tonight. However, we still need quite a bit more before BLM can deploy its trail-grooming equipment. The trails are bumpy nearly everywhere and rocky in places.  Ice likely 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. The old cabin has been boarded up pending its removal -- please stay out of it as it's no longer safe to enter.

 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.