Deshka Landing Trails Report 1/2/2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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Sunday at 9:45 am it is 39F!
Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:
3" during the early morning on Wednesday, another 6" by Thursday morning, and 7" wet snow between Thursday 8 pm and Friday at noon. Mix in about 30 minutes of rain on Friday morning as well.
16" of new snow was great, but with some rain on Friday and temps reaching 40 F on Sunday morning the snow has become very wet and heavy. Plenty of snowmachiners out celebrating New Years Eve, so there is a good trail in following the stakes. The groomers should be getting out after the temperatures fall below freezing. It is probably not the most ideal conditions to "play" off trail at this time. Signs should go up on the trail in the next few days weather permitting. There are a few open leads from the Landing to the Deshka, but the trail and markers take snowmachiners around these areas. The trail up the Yentna is in good shape, especially from the mouth to Luce's Lodge. Root Beer Creek currently has some overflow showing. Most snowmachiners are coming back on Sunday so we should be able to get some more information about how things are going out there.
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Update Tuesday at 10:30 am
1/3 Big overflow spot just south of the normal open lead on the Susitna about 3 miles south out of the Landing where the western braid of the Susitna meets up with the eastern braid. As of Monday afternoon a few guys reported the overflow stretched far across the river and was in some places 6-12". Guys hauling freight sleds including the small plastic ones should be extremely cautious in this area. The regular trail riders will find the best route to push the trail to the easiest place to get around most of this overflow.
Total new snow at Shell Lake 21.5". It had rained off and on for the past 24 hours through mid-Monday. Main trail is soft and slushy with lots of overflow on the lake.
Michael G. reports he came back Sunday. Landing to 2 miles past Skwentna confluence. Trail is a highway to Luce's with some minor overflow showing on main trail...nothing to worry about though. From Luce's to Yentna Station was a very good 2 lane trail. Yentna Station to Lake Creek was one lane with some minor overflow just south of Lake Creek. Lake Creek to mile 2 past Skwentna confluence was one lane with overflow just past the Skwentna turnoff sign..on the main trail. Roughly 3 areas showed good signs of getting deeper if weather doesn't get colder fast. Was still able to skip across all areas while pulling a sled.
Trail was groomed down to the Deshka by Kevin from up the road. Larry H. got out there late last night to reroute the trail around the overflow spot. With colder temps a lot of the overflow should be freezing over the top, but there may still be plenty of water underneath. About 10 snowmachiners went through the overflow yesterday afternoon and said they were cautious, but crossed the area without getter too wet. Hauling loads through the overflow will probably be challenging until it is fully frozen up.
Any new trail reports to Shell Lake?