Slow out here, we can't wait for some warmer temperatures to see some people!
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Lows varied for the past week at -35 to -40. Highs were close to -20 for almost the entire week. Bull Rail available first come, first serve for $5 a day.
Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:
No new snow since 12/25 when 10" came down at the Landing. Unofficial snow depth for the season is 21". Parking lot completely plowed.
1/8 Only a few people coming out or going in this week due to the extreme temperatures. Trail is hard and overflow is frozen. Larry H. will be grooming the trails as soon as the temperatures will let him. Not many people out there, so if something breaks you need to be prepared.
Jack Laub's Deshka River Crossover was groomed on Tuesday. It's in great shape. Note: Someone has removed the orange trail marker on the Deshka side!!!
Traveled to the Deshka and up to No Name (Chijuk) Creek on 12/29. The trail has definitely stiffened up since last Friday, but it's rough. Quite a bit of water on the Deshka lurking under the fresh snow if you get off of the main trail. The crossover trail on the Su was a mess on Friday, but has since froze solid. -36F on the Deshka as of 12/29, 1:00PM.
The trail from the landing to Scary Tree is marked and packed. Off trial has about 12-15" of new fluff since last week. The trail was re-routed around the decaying trough of shallow open water about mid way down. Temps on the lower Su and Yentna this weekend were around 10* but Sunday at the landing @ 1:30 it was -24*. It was windy all weekend and some trails are blown over, as are dips and gulleys. Still some open water holes and still some areas of overflow, but not on the established trails where conditions are very good.
Trail Boss groomed from Long Lake on Sat. Down to scary tree first on the main river, bumpy,open shallow open water on lower area near hook up with Fish Creek Trail. Good up the Yentna to Luce's but a little wind blown! Trail a little soft.Should harden with cold! Came back Kroto - GCI Trail. Not Bad! Hope to groom Deshka River Crossover beginning of this week.
Broke the trail from Skwentna to Angel Haven. Great snow, good trail, I wouldn't freight on it yet, but soon. Only 2 overflow areas as of 12/27. Flat and fast above Skwentna, lots of small chatter bumps downstream of Skwentna, but a great day of riding!
Trail conditions from Landing to Shell Lake - stakes all the way, overflow at mouth of Skwentna River, overflow on Shell Lake, Range Road improved, heard Kroto Slough had overflow on it.
The trails were awesome on the 27th of Dec. It took us 35 minutes to make Yentna Station from the Landing by way of the GCI trail. There was talk that the ice bridge on the Su trail had broken out but the water crossing was only a couple of inches deep. We broke a new trail to Angel Haven. The old trail was under all the new snow, hard to follow and a few of the crossings had collapsed.
There is an ice ridge just below the Skwentna Roadhouse turn, on the Yentna river to be aware of on your South bound trip. It is right after you drop off the sand bar and it is about 8 to 12 inches high depending where you hit it and it runs at an angle to your direction of travel. I was way more fortunate then someone else as I found machine windshield parts everywhere. We marked it with some crossed stakes but it seems that our trail marker mowers are running a little early in some places.
Angel Haven has fuel for sale. If planning to stop at McDougall Lodge you may want to call ahead. We have made 3 stops in recent days to find no one around.
Alaska Backcountry Tours-
12/31 Trails in good shape. Wind has blown some fresh snow on the trails. No open leeds seen. Trail packed hard since Christmas.
Talvista Lodge- 12/31 Currently have 4.5 feet of packed snow. Trail groomed and marked, but no signs have been posted. There may be snowdrifts in places due to wind. Bitterly cold right now. Gas is available for sale.
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
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