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White Mountains National Recreation Area

Know Before You Go!

Even if you are planning a day trip, always be prepared to spend the night. Equipment troubles, bad weather or unexpected mishaps can leave you stranded far from help.

File a Trip Plan with a Friend

Always make sure someone knows:
  • when you plan to leave and return
  • where you are going
  • what type of vehicle you drive and the license number
  • what survival gear you are taking.

Unpredictable Conditions

Be careful around open water or thin ice on rivers or streams.
Winter visitors should plan for extreme cold, high winds, deep snow, and unexpected changes in weather. Temperatures may be as much as 25 degrees colder than in Fairbanks! Watch out for thin ice or open water on streams, overflow ice, and avalanches. Use caution at all river crossings!
Summer visitors should be prepared for rain or snow, lightning, and wildfires. Water levels of streams and rivers may rise rapidly without warning. Maintain a clean camp and be alert for bears.

Emergency and Survival Gear

Depending on the season and your plans, you may wish to bring some or all of the following items:
  • dry matches and fire starter
  • metal cup or pot for boiling water
  • extra food items
  • sleeping bag, ground pad and space blanket
  • tent
  • spare socks, gloves, hat, and face mask
  • first aid kit
  • trail maps and compass; GPS with extra batteries
  • ax or handsaw, and sharp knife
  • equipment repair items and spare parts
  • white gas or propane for cook stoves and lanterns
  • spare lantern mantles and candles
  • snowshoes

Rules of the Road -- Trail Etiquette

  • When meeting head-on, snowmobilers should pull off the trail and turn their engines off to let dog teams, skijorers and skiers pass.
  • When approaching from behind, snowmobilers should slow down and wait until the traveler in front signals he is ready for you to pass.
  • When dog teams pass, skiers and skijorers should get off the trail and restrain their dogs.
  • Dogmushers should pull off the trail to allow faster dog teams to pass.
  • The Summit, Ski Loop, and Table Top Mountain trails are closed year-round to motorized vehicles.
  • Operating a motorized vehicle, including a snowmobile or ATV, while intoxicated is prohibited.