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

By Irene Lindquist
Seward Ranger District 

Winter used trails still in good condition

 

April 20, 2017 | View PDF

It has been a record-breaking year for non-icy and consistently good conditions for outdoor activity on the Lost Lake trail.

Good evening on this most beautiful sunshiny evening. For travel on Seward Ranger District this week I've added Bear Spray and kahtoola ice grippers back to my pack.

Day time temperatures have been in the low 50's this week and below freezing at night, making trails hard packed after the sun goes down until about 11 a.m. Around noon, the packed trails soften up making skiing doable but fat tire biking more difficult. All winter used trails are still in good condition for travel if you keep the freeze thaw of the day in mind, we anticipate these conditions to last through the weekend and possibly into early next week, though at lower elevations there are bare spots beginning to show. Take caution when traveling over frozen bodies of water later in the day as surfaces begin to soften and shore melt occurs.

If traveling to Barber Cabin use the summer route but keep a keen eye on the avalanche paths along the way as there is plenty of snow up high that has not slid, though it's hard to imagine when all around you the ground is bare except for the packed trail, don't dawdle under avalanche paths.  

It's been a record breaking year for non-icy and consistently good conditions for snogo's on the Lost Lake trail, we were able to easily restock propane to the Dale Clemens Cabin this week. 

Access via snogo to Upper Russian Cabin via Snug Harbor Road is still possible for a few more days but snow is melting fast on west aspects which is much of this trail.

Resurrection Pass Trail from either the Sterling Highway, Slaughter Ridge Road to Bean Creek Trail, and from the North Trailhead out of Hope is showing more bare ground at lower elevations, if you are pulling a sled you might consider wearing a backpack until you reach snow. Skis or snowshoes still needed to go up Swan Lake Grade and on the north end from about Mile 18 to Caribou Creek.

 

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