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    Trails Report
    Please 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. This information is for recreational use. This report should not be used to substitute for your own knowledge and decision making ability. The DLOA LLC and those submitting the information will not be held responsible for any losses, damage, or personal injury that may occur while using this information.




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    12/28/09

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    Temperatures:

    Highs have been in the mid 20's to mid 30's. Lows at night have been in the low 20's.
    Weather History



    Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:

    No new snow since 12/21.

    Trail Conditions:

    All of the main trails have been groomed and staked up through Skwentna with the exception being the Overland Trail to the Tal from Luce's which we haven't confirmed if it was put in during the past week. The trail on the Su is in great shape until you hit the western braid. When you reach this area you will find some overflow that you will have to go through and the trail becomes slightly bumpy here. This is also where there is the open lead, but the trail takes you around it with no problem. Conditions on the Yentna are very good! Stay on the trail because getting off of it in the deeper snow could give you some issues. Some guys have started hauling heavier loads of fuel and lumber. Snow cover continues to be a challenge in some forested areas closer to the Landing. Watch out for stumps and logs!

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    Overland Trail from Luce's to TalVista is broken-in and stakes should be going up in the next few days.

    Highly recommend avoiding the GCI Trail due to the amount of open leads and overflow.
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    Deshka River X-over trail has been groomed and marked as of noon Thurday the 31st!!!!
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    Any thruth to the rumor of 4 sleds going in the drink?

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    Skip the above post......I couldn't find anyone on the river today (Sat 01/02/10) to confirm that rumor.....

    Now for the real trail report from the Landing to Skwentna to Tal then the overland trail back to Luce's. Paddle trackers stay home. The warmup then cool down has made the river trails rock hard. It was just like running late spring 1st thing in the morning. The good thing about having a rock solid trail is it will not change much till we get the next snowfall. Even a hard blow will not change much as there is a thick crust over the snow to hold things in place. The trail is fast but has it's bumpy spots. There is also alot of icey spots from overflow. All is frozen but real rough. If you choose to ride away from the beaten path on the river be ready for the ice to fallout from under you in places. The ice was dropping anywhere from a few inches to well over 2 feet in a couple of other places. Other then the above all great riding with studs.

    The overland trail from Tal to Luce's is broken thru but unmarked. Same as river lots of frozen overflow. Sticking to the trail is rough, areas of large moguls (2 to 3 feet). Creek crossings and swamp drainages were some of the places with the largest bumps 3 feet plus was pretty common. If you want to get off trail there was a very heavy crust to get thru to find the powder underneath. Drop the front thru the crust and the stuff flying off the A arms hurt if caught with the shield up or running a moto cross style lid or being to close to someone passing. Hopefully with more snow it will get better.

    We still had a great day. Did see the hot lights come on a few times but was able to move off the beaten path to get things cooled down quickly.

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