White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Wednesday, July 15, 2015

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

The Wickersham Dome area and Nome Creek valley are again open to the public. Wildland fire activity resulted in the BLM enacting temporary closures that were lifted today, July 15 at 5 p.m. 

The temporary Nome Creek closure resulted from safety concerns over the U.S. Creek Fire, which is still active near the U.S. Creek Road. The fire has not grown significantly in recent weeks but can be expected to produce smoke on days when conditions are windy, hot, or dry. The BLM will continue to monitor the fire daily and will take action should the fire again pose a threat to public safety. The public is encouraged to contact the BLM if they have any concerns or need current information on this fire.
Two other fires, Willow Creek and Mt. Schwatka, are burning within or next to the recreation area but are located far from BLM’s summer roads, trails, and facilities.
Information on statewide wildfires and BLM’s temporary fire restrictions may be found at http://akfireinfo.com.

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.