Deshka Landing Trails Report 3/5/09



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  • Deshka Landing Trails Report 3/5/09

    With the Iditarod Weekend upon us, we would like to highly suggest arriving at Deshka Landing by Saturday Afternoon. Parking will disappear at a high rate this weekend. Please park in designated rows near other vehicles. Do not park along snow burms where the roads are established. 5 MPH Speed Zone for all vehicles and snow machines.

    Extended hours of operation:
    Thursday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
    Friday 8:00 am-10:00 pm
    Saturday 7:00 am-9:00 pm
    Sunday 7:00 am-6:00 pm
    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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    DLOA Office

    Do you have helpful information on the conditions of the trails?

    Submit it here: User Trails Report


    This past weekend through today we saw highs just reaching 30 degrees. Lows have been in the low single digits, even dipping in the single negative digits at times.
    Weather History

    Snow Depth At Landing Parking Lot:

    There was a foot of new snow on last Saturday. The lot has been plowed, and burms have been stacked. We have received around an inch of snow starting Wednesday night. The snow has now turned to freezing rain, which is making the ground crusty on top.

    Trail Conditions:

    3/2 The trails were in great shape before the freezing rain started coming down over. There are a few bumpy sections on the Susitna going down to the mouth of the Yentna, and there are a few bumps on the Yentna, but overall, conditions are great! Going off trail is not suggested due to deep heavy snow. Please don't throttle down the trail ripping it to shreds. If you are going to play, please play off the trails. There is a lot of hauling taking place to cabins right now. More trail markers and signs were added last week. The groomers should be out over the next few days to get the trails ready for the Iditarod.

    Lodge Reports:

    Alaska Backcountry Tours-

    McDougall Lodge-

    Talvista Lodge- 2/19 Tal River Loop From Luce's to TalVista- Still closed due to trail being blown out.
    18 inches of new snow in the last week at the lodge.

    1/26 The Tal River Loop has been put in. Take a left 1 1/2 miles up river from Luces. This is an overland trail to the TalVista Lodge via Alexander Lake. The trail is 35 miles from start to the TalVista. It is 4' packed snow and beautiful. Most of the trail is marked, stay in main trail and you won't veer off in the wrong direction. If you come across the landing strip, Kenny Hughes place, stay off strip and respect his trails. This is the halfway point.

    The TalVista Lodge has food, fuel and lodging available. Please call Chris or Sarah @ the lodge for reservations 733-3066

    Other Comments:

    Have you used this gate machine from Dec. 23 to Present?
    There has been an ongoing batch problem with all transactions during this time period. We believed we would have this fixed by February 20th, but another technical issue has now shown up. Our new goal is the first week of March to have the batches sent to the bank.
    This means you will see charges appear on your credit card from previous visits to Deshka Landing. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we have been working on getting several issues resolved since this was identified at the end of January.

    Gas available 24/7 with credit card
    Office Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday

    Submit Your Report!
    I Sled Out of Deshka Landing User Trails Report
    (907) 495-3374 WWW.DESHKALANDING.COM

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