White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Friday, June 26, 2015

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Nome Creek valley and Wickersham Dome areas of the White Mountains National Recreation Area are temporarily closed to public access due to ongoing wildland fires. The closure by Wickersham Dome includes the Wickersham Dome Trailhead (Mile 28 Elliott Highway), which is being used as a base camp for firefighters. Also closed are portions of the Wickersham Creek and Trail Creek trails, the Moose Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, the Summit Trail Shelter, and the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter. The Nome Creek closure includes the entire US Creek Road, which has been closed by the Alaska Department of Trasportation and Public Facilities. Due to these closures, it is currently impossible to reach the Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River put-in near the Ophir Creek Campground. Cripple Creek Campground at Mile 60 on the Steese Highway remains open at this time.

You can find maps of the closure areas and more information here:

Western White Mountains Temporary Closure

Nome Creek Valley Temporary Closure

Fire danger remains very high in Interior Alaska, so be extremely cautious with any activity that could potentially start a wildfire. Information on current fire conditions and restrictions is available at http://fire.ak.blm.gov and http://akfireinfo.com.

The BLM will not be updating trail conditions for most trails until next winter.

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.