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White Mountains Trail Conditions Update

Last updated Thursday, July 14, 2016

General Remarks/Safety Alert  

Dry, hot summer weather brings increased risk of wildland fires. Please exercise caution with campfires, barbeques, and other fire sources. 

Black bears have been reported this summer near the Ophir Creek Campgound and the Fred Blixt Cabin. Be 'bear aware' -- and remember that proper food storage helps keep you and other campers safe!

Starting July 20, 2016, the BLM is moving to a new online system for cabin reservations in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Please note that we will temporarily stop taking cabin reservations starting July 15 to allow transfer of existing reservations to the new system. More information is available below, in this news release, and on the Cabins page.

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, please visit Recreation.gov and search for "White Mountains National Recreation Area" or call Recreation.gov (toll-free in the U.S. at 1-877-444-6777; international 518-885-3639). For assistance in making a reservation, visit the BLM office in Fairbanks (address below) or call us at (907) 474-2200. 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 on the Recreation.gov website and at the Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office located at 222 University Ave. in Fairbanks. A map of areas open to motorized vehicle use is also available.

Last updated: 07-14-2016