Deshka Landing Trails Report 2/18/10
DESHKA LANDING-YENTNA RIVER POKER RUN
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Weather during the past few days has become warmer each day. For the past two days we have had high temps in the mid-30's and the lows at night have just been dipping under 32. At Noon on Thursday it is 35 F and has been raining for the past 15 hours roughly. Not a hard rain, but misty at times to intermittent drops.
Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:
We haven't received any new snow in past 10 days. The rain is now making the snow heavy.
Stakes and trails are all groomed. Ray R. and Larry H. went out on Tuesday to try to knockdown some of the bumps between here and the Deshka River. Continued warm temps and rain will eventually cause some overflow, but staying along the marked trail should keep you away from most of it. If you get off riding in the ungroomed snow you will likely find some good overflow as well as the possibility of getting your machine stuck. Guys have been hauling loads out of here on Wednesday and Thursday, but the rain probably isn't making the ride very enjoyable.
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Dave L. reports the trail was good on Wednesday and he has seen several guys hauling loads today. It snowed early Thursday morning about 4 inches, then changed to rain before sunrise.
As of Friday morning:
No report of overflow, although it will probably starting to show outside of the packed trail. The Tal received about a foot and half of snow, then rain on early Thursday morning which made it a sloppy ride up there. If you deviate away from the groomed trail near the stakes there is a high probability of getting stuck.
For the past three days we have had high temps in the mid-30's and the lows at night have just been a degree below or above 32 F. The rain stopped early afternoon on Thursday. The temps didn't make it below freezing overnight, although the ground was very solid this morning.
After flying over the trail from the Landing to Germanyville, here's what to expect. The open leads appear as they did before the warm spell. No new ones have shown up. There's evidence of lots of overflow pooling in low spots but the main trail looks to have held up well. It does look bumpy and hard. Off trail there's overflow waiting to suck you in. I saw a couple of guys stuck. The folks on the established trail were cruising along just fine. Below Scary Tree to the Flathorn trail hasn't seen much traffic and it looks soggy there. All in all the whole river system looks like it'll be fine after a few nights of freezing temps. Now we need to cross our fingers and hope for snow!
You folks that leave from the dairy farm can expect a little overflow in the swale just before Fish Creek. Fish Creek itself has less water than I expected to see. Passage would be no problem at all.