The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Irene Lindquist
Seward Ranger District 

Grant, Ptarmagin lakes offer great conditions for skaters


December 15, 2016

Here are two lakes for ice skating I have to share for those of you that can head out in the next couple days before the next snowfall. It isn’t very often you can skate on them due to snow cover, and avalanches at Ptarmigan Lake.

At Grant Lake, yesterday, we measured 3.75 inches of ice in front of the Portage Trail and 4.5 inches out farther. The ice is smooth beneath a half-inch of snow and hoar frost and skated nicely. The far east last quarter of the lake appears to have just frozen over so we did not venture there.

At Ptarmigan Lake, we measured 7 inches of ice beneath a couple inches of hoar frost on Tuesday. We don’t normally recommend winter travel to Ptarmigan Lake due to several avalanche paths that cross the hiking trail and several on each side of the narrow valley from the beginning of the lake to the end of the lake, however, we feel pretty comfortable with travel to the lake and also down the lake before the next snowfall. Ptarmigan Creek trail is 3.4 miles one-way to the lake, and 3.25 miles on the lake from the west shore to the eastern shore. Nordic blades were the favorite skate as they cruised through the hoarfrost much easier and faster than hockey skates.


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