Deshka Landing Trails Report 12/19/08
Trails ReportPlease make good decisions based off of your experience and knowledge. Conditions change by the minutes and hours, so please use this information as another resource to help you plan your outing safely. Your safety is ultimately your responsibility.
John A., Christopher W., and Trail Boss used the User Trails Report to submit their first hand experience on the trails this weekend. They are now eligible to win a new DLOA fleece jacket!
DLOA Office contributed as well!
Lows were in the mid -20's on Friday-Tuesday, Highs were around 0. Wednesday and Thursday highs neared 20 degrees.
Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:
Unofficial 16" at the Landing. No new snow since 12/10.
All of the parking lot has been plowed.
Yentna running very smooth. Big Susitna groomed, but a few bumps out there.
Used the trail from Deska Landing to north of Yentna Station. The trail is well marked now to the Yentna confluence (scary tree). Larry H. said the Kroto slough (GCI trail) is also marked. I used the trail to Scary Tree.
Trail is in good shape. Larry made 4 runs with a drag down the Big Su. It is ok to haul light loads. There are other trails leading off the marked one. If you stay on the LSDA marked trail it is a relatively smooth ride to the Yentna.
The Yentna is in very good shape. I exited the river near Rebel's Roost. There has been light snow on Monday December 15th. Temperatures warmed up also on Mon.
The trails have been some of the best I have ever seen early season. We have been to Yentna Station, Lake Creek and beyond.
Have done some back country riding (swamps and such) and most are frozen in real well. Thanks to all(especially Larry, Dave, Dan and a few others who escape me right now) who have marked the trails and are now starting to groom them out.
Trail up the Yentna River is groomed to Yentna Station. After this point north a trail is broken in, but not groomed.
New signs were put up on the Kroto Slough-GCI trail on Saturday. The Jack Laub Deshka X-over is in!! It will be groomed and marked this week! Overflow has been covered by the snow, exposed overflow has frozen. Trails were well groomed for this weekend. There are still some bumps out there, but for the most part the conditions are good.
Alaska Backcountry Tours-
Talvista Lodge- Snow conditions: Currently have 4 feet of packed snow
Trails: 12/11- 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
Office Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday
Submit Your Report!
As an ongoing contest, if you submit your report of conditions out on the trails you will be put into a drawing for a Deshka Landing fleece jacket! The more updated and accurate information we have, the more information we can get out to everyone else. The more reports you submit, the more chances you have of winning the jacket!
Lucky winner will be drawn January 1, 2009. Limit of one report per day accepted for the drawing.
I Sled Out of Deshka Landing User Trails Report
Friday night- Larry's temporary trail had definitely bumped up since the previous weekend. Not so much from riders but from the snow collapsing between the ice jumbles. Still, better than messing with overflow. It was about 2* at the Landing. Starry, starry night. 30 miles and never saw another machine.
Sunday afternoon- Still bumped up. Not horrible but not glass. Some of the standard channels had steam rising and that means open water. We stuck to the marked trail. No water. -20 or colder depending where you were on the river, but a beautiful day. Very few machines on the river. Where is everyone?
Happy solstice. Tomorrow the days start getting longer!!!!!!!!!!!
Waiting for the longer day tomorrow......actually I am leading a group of about 15 riders, some who have never been on the river, out on Tuesday. Looking to ride out to maybe Skwetna with dinner at Yetena Station on the way back. Depends on travel speed on weather.