Susan J. used the User Trails Report to submit their first hand experience on the trails. She is now eligible to win a new DLOA fleece jacket!
Larry H. updated the conditions and trail markings.
High temps in the 30's for the last Wednesday-Sunday has made some hazards out on the rivers. Highs were in the low 20's on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday. It didn't make it past 10 degrees Thursday. It was -5 at 8:00 am Friday morning.
Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:
Almost 5" of new snow Tuesday night and Wednesday.
All of the parking lot has been plowed.
With the cold temperatures most of the overflow has frozen up and the new snow has covered up a lot of it. Conditions have improved in the past 2 days.
Larry has staked down to Scary Tree from the Landing. He has marked a route as best he can to avoid most hazards, however, this will not be the trail for the winter. When conditions improve he will be able to straighten out areas and have a smoother run. It is currently a very tough stretch if you want to pull a load due to dips, curves, and general hazards. Pulling a heavy load is not suggested until the snow gets packed down. He dragged it both ways today.
Alaska Backcountry Tours- Susitna to Kroto Slough to GCI Trail to Yentna Station.
Trail was good on 12/6/08. On your way back to the landing, be sure to stay away from the bluff on the right about 1 1/2 miles up river from the mouth of the Deshka. There has been traffic running along that bluff recently which takes you pretty close to the open lead there. The recent warm weather has made this area weaker. Follow the "LSDA" markers and you will be on the right trail.
Talvista Lodge- Snow conditions: currently have 4 feet of packed snow
Trails: From Skwentna to TalVista Lodge the trails have been marked, but signs have not been posted yet. Due to warm temperatures last week, our trail is icy and bumpy.
The TalVista Lodge has food, fuel and lodging available. Please call Chris or Sarah @ the lodge for reservations 733-3066
Gas available 24/7 with credit card
Electronic Gate Access 24/7 with credit card
Lighted parking lot