White Mountains Trail Condition Report

Updated Friday, June 11, 2021

General Conditions 

Summer conditions have arrived on the trails in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, though lingering snowfields may still be blocking trails at a few points on north-facing slopes.

On June 9 and 10, BLM staff found fresh tracks of a medium-sized grizzly bear at several places on the Nome Creek Road near the trailhead for the Table Top Mountain Trail. Please use extra caution if you visit that area or hike the trail. This time of year it's always wise to be 'bear-aware.' The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has helpful bear safety information at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/?adfg=livingwithbears.bearcountry.

The outhouse at Colorado Creek Trailhead has been removed due to repeated vandalism. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We've recently updated our georeferenced PDF map of the White Mountains (26.0 MB), which is designed for use on smart phones and tablets. With a free app (see these instructions) the map shows your current location even if cell coverage is not available.


As always, be ready for the unexpected, with extra food, emergency supplies, and a plan for how to get back to the trailhead should something go wrong. Please file a trip plan with family or friends before you leave. (The Alaska State Troopers offer a downloadable trip plan form.) Local highway conditions are available from the website 511.alaska.gov. Be safe out there!

Cabin Reservations and Information

For cabin reservations and permits, visit the Recreation.gov website, (search for “White Mountains National Recreation Area”) or the BLM office in Fairbanks (located at 222 University Ave.), where we can help you with online reservations. For questions on cabin reservations or White Mountains trails and facilities, call us 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.  Detailed cabin descriptions are available on the Recreation.gov website and at the BLM office in Fairbanks. A map of areas open to motorized vehicle use is also available.