Caribou Hills Caution - T200 Race
This weekend, January 29 & 30, is the Tustumena 200 sled dog race. Expect dozens of dog sled teams on the trails all weekend and remember to pull completely off the trail and stop (kill the motor) if you encounter an oncoming dog sled team. Wait for them to pass before proceeding. And do not pass a team you come up behind until the musher signals that it is OK. They may pull over and stop the team first, then proceed at a slow & steady pace giving them as wide a berth as you can.
These dog mushers have paid a bunch of money to enter this race and there is a lot of prize money at stake, so please give them the right of way on our multi-use trail system. It only takes one moron to give the entire snowmachine community a bad name in the eyes of the mushers (last winter a snowmachiner hit a team practicing for the race, killing and injuring dogs). A little courtesy goes a long way. In addition to celebrities such as Deedee Jonroe, there is also a junior division with about a half dozen young teenage mushers out there who may be less skilled at keeping control of their teams when they encounter those super-loud, high-horse snowmachines.
Just use your heads and be careful out there!
Is there a map of the T-200 course on the web? I didn't see a map link on the T-200 web site. If folks know which trails the race is on, it will be easier to avoid the racers.
T200 Trail Map
It's posted on their website's trail map page...
If you follow the dark trail line, you see they start in Kasilof and run the power line down to Clam Gulch trail. They follow Clam Gulch all the way into the Hills, and loop around the major trails, up into the High Country, over to Caribou Lake, back through the Hills and onto Oilwell road, following it all the way back to the Clam Shell. It's repeated on Sunday after they overnight at the Clam Shell.