Frozen ground and ice growth is occurring once again on Seward Ranger District as temperatures across most of the District dropped below freezing Saturday evening. Surface seeps are freezing making for some slick areas, though it’s still fairly easy to hike and bike without the aid of cleats or studded tires if you pay attention to the ground in front of you. No need as of yet for snow shoes or skis over the passes, surely this will change soon?????????
 
Tern Lake as of today where we measured has ice thickness of 3.5”. At these temperatures the ice has been growing at a rate of ½”/day allowing for the resumption of ice skating on Tern Lake. We tend to measure ice thickness in safer areas staying clear of hazards, so, when traveling over frozen waterways please take precautions to educate yourself as to location of inlet and outlet flows, faster moving water in channels, overflow, refrozen pressure cracks, etc. because these areas harbor thinner ice.
 
December 1 will come and go without the District opening to Winter Motorized use as we don’t have snow, yet…………….When Seward Ranger District does open to Winter Motorized use, it will not include the Resurrection Pass Trail system from Hope to Cooper Landing as this winter season (2014/2015) is closed to motorized except for Subsistence users (residents of Cooper Landing and Hope).
 
Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
(907) 288-7748
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Local Trail Conditions, November 13, 2014

I began writing this trail condition update with a sense of betrayal from Old Man Winter, but knowing the weather could be like last weekend, I’m looking forward to some fun outings with great ground conditions before the next round of moisture comes our way. This sunny, mild day will repeat itself into the coming weekend.
 
You can put aside your ice cleats, studded bike tires, skis, and snowshoes for the next few days on Seward Ranger District because the icy, treacherous conditions we experienced last weekend are nowhere to be seen.
 
The first gate on Herman Leirer (Exit Glacier) Road is closed and the road is snow/ice free.
 
Tern Lake has gone backwards in ice thickness. This afternoon we measured 3” of ice, and observed a lot of open water near the edges. According to ice safety charts you need 4” of ice for activities such as skating, skiing, and ice fishing.
 
Chugach National Forest lands are in full operation mode for the winter trapping season. Glacier Ranger District is hosting “A Shared Trails” Presentation by Alaska Trapping Association on Wednesday December 3rd at the Forest Service Office in Girdwood at 7p.m. A 25-minute video, discussion on various types of traps and snares, and tips on how to free something caught in a trap or snare will be presented.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
(907) 288-7748
 
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While current conditions are unseasonably good as far as biking and hiking, they are about to change more towards winter mode, maybe???? The freeze thaw that began last Sunday has made conditions icier on all packed surfaces, ice cleats on shoes and studded bike tires would be desirable for our current conditions.
 
You still don’t need snow shoes or skis to travel over our passes, however, do keep a keen eye out for weather  should you be venturing more than a day as these items are overdue as a staple for traveling at higher elevations.
 
When temperatures are at freezing or below, the ice skating on Tern Lake remains good. Lower Russian Lake had 5” of ice four days ago and was good for ice skating.
 
This Saturday is the Seward Nordic Ski Club Gear Swap, and Soup and baked goods sale, 11-2, Seward Elementary School Gym. Details for dropping off gear and helping out are available on the Seward Nordic Ski Club FB page.
 
Enjoy the full moon tonight!
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Local Tail Conditions - MArch 28, 2014

Hi, it’s me again,
 
I’ve noticed that after I send a trail conditions report the spacing gets changed, I’m not sure why this is happening, but I do apologize for the mismatched content and overall sloppiness.
 
After checking out various areas for skate skiing I thought I’d send a report.
 
Exit Glacier Road has a 1-3” ice layer and is difficult to ski.
 
Divide is good after 3:00 PM, it’s hard and fast before it softens a tad. After 3:00 it’s a bit more manageable, the same holds true for Trail River C.G.
 
The South Fork of Snow River is skate skiable on the wide sno-go tracks, lots of open water crossings.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
 
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Local Tail Conditions - MArch 27, 2014

As we near the end of this most magnificently, sunny week, here is the forecast for Seward Ranger District weather: THERE ARE NO IMPACTFUL WEATHER CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL THROUGH THE WEEKEND. CLEAR SKIES WILL SUPPORT WARMER THAN
NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL LOWS.
 
The below normal lows we’ve been experiencing has allowed our thin snow cover to extend its offering for winter enthusiasts in some areas. Most of our trails at lower elevations will require travel with the aid of ice cleats on your shoes. The colder temps at night is hampering with the development of crust skiing or biking, you would think it would be good with all the sunshine we’ve been having, but it’s not. I found out I can ride my bike with kahtoola spikes on my boots, though it doesn’t help my bike stay upright on the ice, it’s                    easy to dismount and walk icy sections.
 
Bean Creek trail is mostly icy.
 
Carter Lake trail is in good condition
 
Johnson Pass trail is filled with moguls the entire distance and is quite the bumpy ride.
 
Lost Lake trail from the beginning is icy, the experimental tracks are buried under the ice layer and are just now beginning to appear. Even the summer trail that bypasses the ice chute has several icy sections.  Conditions are good beyond mile 2.5 as you leave the Clemen’s cabin.
 
Lower Russian Lake, we did not open the closed gate into Russian River C.G. last Friday, and it is still closed due to a 1-2” packed icy surface. Lots of bare ground and ice on the trail.
 
Primrose trail does not sport ice in the normal areas near the beginning, though it does have its usual moguls.
 
Resurrection Pass South via Bean Creek trail, park at the bottom of the hill on Slaughter Ridge Rd, this hill looks drivable from the bottom but there is a large glaciated area at the top, see the attached photo. Ice cleats on your shoes, and studded tracks on  your sno-go will be required to get beyond this section, more bare ground showing daily on this road. From the Bean Creek trail junction Resurrection Pass trail is in remarkably good condition for skiing, or fat tire biking to Juneau Lake. Juneau Lake to Swan Lake snow conditions are marginal. Swan Lake to Caribou Creek on the north is skiable. Between mile 3-6 on the north there is a lot of glaciated areas on the side hills, studded tracks, tires, and shoes are necessary for travel in this location.
 
Have another sun filled weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
 
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Divide - March 25, 2014

Temp 52

Groomed, except luna.
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Divide - March 24, 2014


Temp 47

Groomed. Good conditions continue.
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Divide - MArch 23, 2014


Temp 45

Luna & paradise , groomed..  PARADISE.
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Divide - MArch 22, 2014

Temp 40

Groomed.
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Trail River Campground - March 20, 2014

Good evening. The current temperature at Trail River is 30 degrees and skies are clear.  All loops, with the exception of the group site and Eagle Point have been resurfaced with the ginzu.  Enjoy!
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Divide - MArch 20, 2014

Temp 47

Groomed.
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Local Tail Conditions - MArch 20, 2014

Happy Spring to all of you on this fine sunny afternoon.
 
I have made a new Trail Conditions mailing list, please reply to this email if you want to be removed as I know there are some folks who have not requested to be on the list, I didn’t want to chance deleting addresses I wasn’t sure about.
 
It’s been quite the sea saw for motorized use this winter. With our latest round of opening/re-opening this is our 3rd one this winter season, see the end of this email for the run-down of our weather related motorized openings and closures.
 
As of March 16, we have a frozen base of 8” in the lower elevations from Moose Pass to Lost Lake, and east to Cooper Lake, just a short couple hundred feet in elevation gain the snow depth increases tremendously, well, compared to what it has been all winter. Snow Depths are between 3.5-4.5 feet at Carter, Johnson, and Lost Lakes. Conditions are quite good on many of our winter used trails for skiing/snow machining except as noted below. We have been able to easily haul bridges and food storage lockers to a number of locations this week. This photo shows 20’ long 4” x 12” treated boards that weigh a gazillion pounds each that we were able to haul up Carter Lake trail on Tuesday.
 
The West side of the District to the North, sports a thinner snowpack, but skiing or motorized use is still possible. Traveling Resurrection Pass trail on the south will require some walking with ice cleats on your shoes or studded tracks on your sno-go on part of Slaughter Ridge Road and a short distance on Bean Creek trail, you won’t want to take West Juneau any longer as there are a couple miles of exposed gravel on this south facing road. You can easily drive 8/10ths of a mile beyond the winter parking area on Slaughter Ridge Rd, park at the bottom of the steep hill to avoid sliding on the large glaciated area near the top of this hill. Skiing gets better at Mile 1 of Bean Creek Trail. From Juneau Lake to Swan Lake the snow cover is thinner but skiing/snow machining is still doable. Swan Lake to the trailhead in Hope is fair to good, lots of wind drifted snow through the pass. Note: Resurrection North by sno-go is for the experienced rider to the top of the southern grade at East Creek; from here it turns into easy riding to Devil’s Pass Cabin, Devil’s Pass cabin to Swan Lake Cabin is advanced riding.
 
Biking will be good on Resurrection Pass South via Bean Creek to the top of the Swan Lake grade, and perhaps further, depending on how our sno-go tracks have set up. See note about parking and glaciation.
 
The steep hill out of the parking lot on Lost Lake is icy, take the hiking trail to the right if you don’t have studded tracks.
 
Lower Russian Lake trail is icy with patches of bare ground. We anticipate opening the entrance gate tomorrow afternoon.
 
Our usual dates that allow for winter motorized use are December 1 through April 30. We work hard at opening areas/trails to winter motorized use, even though it’s a lot of legal paper work, and time in the field posting and/or removing closure notices, we do our best to provide you with winter motorized opportunities when the occasion arises, so please be patient when we need to work with Mother Nature and close areas/trails early.
 
December 20, 2013, first of many openings this winter season to motorized use, except for Lost Lake and Primrose trails.
January 16, 2014, open Primrose trail to motorized.
January 24, 2014, close Primrose trail to motorized.
January 28, 2014, close all of Seward Ranger District to winter motorized.
February 19, 2014, open all of SRD to motorized.
March 1, 2014, close all of SRD to motorized.
March 13, 2014, open all of SRD to motorized.
 
Have a fantabulous, sunny weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
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Trail River Campground - March 20, 2014

Good morning!  The current temperature at Trail River is 20 degrees and skies are clear.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  The surface is thin, but should ski pretty well.  Enjoy!
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Divide - MArch 15, 2014

Andy and i went around all loops with the rollers and packed the trails, all loops are in good shape. I'll go over everything with the groomer later tonight or early in the morning.  parking area was plowed.
herb
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Divide - MArch 12, 2014

DOT just finished clearing the parking area at 3:30 all loops have been packed down too much snow for the groomer on paradise but luna and lower parking areas have been roughly groomed. Paradise is track packed only. Hope to get all loops in shape by tomorrow.

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Bear Lake - MArch 8, 2014

Bear Lake is holding onto to 2-3 inches of snow over ice, even held up to winds today.  You can skate or classic anywhere, but the poling is tough.  Good news is you can ski right down the middle and stay in sun for every minute.  For those traveling spring break - Willow area north got snow this week - Talkeetna/Trapper creek got about a foot, lots of great skiing.  Talkeetna is hosting Fat Tire Bike races this weekend and the Oosik race (25 and 50K) next weekend.  Enjoy the March sun!
Madelyn and Dan

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Temp 22

Paradise and luna groomed.
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Local Tail Conditions - MArch 7, 2014

Good grief, yet another clear and sunny day! Last night’s snowfall amounted to  just a couple inches in Moose Pass and not much else anywhere on the District.
 
All remains quiet on  SRD as we are still closed to Winter Motorized use due to lack of snow cover to prevent resource damage. Glacier Ranger District has closed Turnagain Pass to Motorized; Placer River and Johnson North remain open to motorized use.
 
Hiking trails are not skiable, hiking with ice cleats on  your boots is the activity of choice. Biking is possible with studded tires.
 
Driving our side roads is good in most locations except the last 1/2 mile of Slaughter Ridge road that accesses Bean Creek Trail. The glacier on the steep hill is not passable by a vehicle.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail is not skiable due to icy conditions and intermittent exposed ground for the first 12 miles on either end. There is a packed trail from Cooper Landing to Hope, we currently recommend hiking with ice cleats and taking snow shoes or skis to get through the pass if that white stuff should inundate the area while you are there.
 
Have a Great Weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
 

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Divide - February 28, 2014

Paradise and luna.
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Local Tail Conditions - February 27, 2014

Old Man Winter is slacking. Seward Ranger District is anticipating closing to Winter Motorized use beginning Saturday, March 1 due to lack of snow to prevent resource damage.
 
Even with rock skis you won’t want to ski any trails on SRD below 1,000’ in elevation. Skate and classic skiing is doable at Trail River C.G. and Divide, though it is a slow slog when temps are in the high 30’s-40’s. Ice cleats will be needed for travel when the temperature drops below freezing in a day or two, packed surfaces will turn hard and slick. West Juneau Road is down to gravel for the 1st mile and a half. Other side roads are icy but may get down to gravel soon.
 
Do you know how to travel on groomed ski trails if you’re not on skis, especially if conditions are soft and mushy? Walkers, runners, snowshoers, bikers, please try and stay towards the side of groomed trails so as to not leave imprints in the middle of groomed trails. Bob A., it was so great to see you last night walking off to the side as I came barreling by ski jouring, thanks so much.
 
If you venture to the Lost Lake trail you will notice four snow machine tracks laid out in the middle of the trail on the infamous icy climb from the parking lot. This is an experiment we’re allowing a snowmobile club to try. They’re hoping it will provide safer access over the steep icy sections. The big question is: will we have an opportunity to open again to motorized use this winter season to try the tracks out?
 
Perhaps we’ll get an opportunity to ice skate on numerous local lakes once again soon?
 
This forecast is for real; it was on the NOAA Alaska Weather site for Moose Pass, Seward:
.FRIDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW. HIGHS 35 TO 45.
 
Have a Great Weekend in the Sunshine, or rain, or snow!
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Divide - February 25, 2014

Temp 21

Two passes made on paradise and Luna .
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Bear Lake - February 24, 2014

At noon, 16 degrees, light winter, beautiful hoarfrost on alders round the lake.  All Bear lake loops groomed this morning.  Enjoy.  Do have a testy moose that has been hanging  close round - please be cautious, especially if you have loose dogs. 
Madelyn
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Local Tail Conditions - February 21, 2014

Hey folks,
 
Who was that woman who sent you a trail condition report yesterday? Anyways, the fat tire biking on the west side of the District that only received 5” of new snow is not too easy to bike, at least for me. When I skied Resurrection South, out West Juneau Rd this week I just knew the fat tire biking would be Great, NOT!
 
Some skate skiing opportunities to be had at Upper Trail Lake, access from the Lodge, this is much nicer now than the lung buster race last weekend,
Exit Glacier Road, Mile 12 Divide, Bear Lake, and Trail River C.G. You may have noticed there’s been zero news since early January for Cooper Landing grooming, it’s due to lack of snow to adequately run the groomer, though, classic skiing is good (remember to take rock skis if you have them) in the locale. The accessible trail from the Grayling Parking Lot in Russian River C.G. down to the river is skiable.
 
Kenai Lake appears to have totally frozen over patching the last open water on Tuesday, February 18. Ice thickness where I measured 15 minutes ago was 2.5 inches.
 
Alison Rein sent me this update for your recreating pleasure in Portage Valley: PV Rec Update February 21, 2014, 10 am: 1⁰ and calm; 3’ of snow cover, Portage Lake is white…..with overflow and snow drifts.  Plow crews have not caught up with recent snow storms; bring a shovel to make your own parking space off the road. 
 
Have a fabulous Sun Shiny weekend, preferably outdoors in the fresh air.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
 
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Divide - February 20, 2014


 Temp, 15.

 Skies, clear

 Paradise and luna groomed.
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Local Tail Conditions - February 20, 2014

Greetings on this gorgeous evening, hope many of you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
 
Skis are replacing ice cleats, however, rock skis would be the gear choice in many locations.
 
The west side of our District has minimal snow cover. I would choose skis over walking, and fat biking over skiing. The ground is frozen and the snow did cover most of the icy tread surface.
 
In most locations, except above tree line at Lost Lake and Primrose, sno-gos will be limited to traveling the trails as there is not a lot of snow below 1,500’ elevation on Seward R.D. Carter Lake has 24” of snow. Lost Lake has 36”.
 
We restocked Clemen’s Cabin with several full bottles of propane today. The Lost Lake trail has many sled grabbers that tried, (and succeeded a few times) to throw us from our machines today. In 2.5 miles I counted 77 obstacles (large rocks and roots) you have to keep a keen eye out for.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail North received quite a bit more snow than the southern end, the glaciated areas should be covered in snow, you might need an axe if you’re traveling by sno-go to chip away at river ice that’s on the trail at mile 4.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
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Good morning!  The current temperature at Trail River is 16 degrees and skies are cloudy.  All loops have been rolled on Sunday night as well as yesterday afternoon/evening.  It should be pretty firm under foot.
Enjoy!
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Bear Lake - February 15, 2014

Bear Lake received about 12 inches; Dan rolled the trail but it is still soft, needs to set up and that will depend on weather.  Nice for classic, bit too soft for skate as of evening. 
 
Will post again tomorrow after we get out on it.
 
Stellar day at Moose Pass, Upper Trail Lake today.  Sun is on the lake by 10 and there is miles of great trail groomed on the lake, both skate and classic track.  Lots of fun stuff going on tomorrow too - check out the chili cook off, bake sale, lots of great activities.
 
Enjoy the return to WINTER!!!!!
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Divide - February 15, 2014

Temp ?

Herb and I groomed Paradise , luna and warm up.
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Good evening.
The temperature at Upper Trail Lake is 18 and skies are beginning to clear.  We relaid the course out today in a whiteout.  Ten inches of fresh snow out this way.  We have been packing the course since 2 p.m.  I hope to set some classic tracks late tonight.  All and all its shaping up.
See ya at the race?  Registration is 10 a.m., mass start shortly there after.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Good Fickle of a Snow Day to all of you on this 13th day of February, 2014 on Seward Ranger District.
 
A few flurries here and there but it’s still not a happening place to be for snow on the Seward Ranger District. In the past week we have received enough snow to sort of halt ice skating, though it’s easy to skate through, there are many cracks in the ice that are now hidden and waiting to catch your blade and send you flying. The next Federal Land Manager to the West of us has areas of very good ice skating at the moment.
 
Take a look at last week’s trail report, it’s much the same story today. One change is that the super slick glare ice roads of last week are less slippery, however they are still icy, and walking our trails still require the aid of ice cleats. Backpacking across Resurrection Pass Trail is the name of the game from Cooper Landing to Hope, though you will want to carry snowshoes as there is snow predicted in the next few days.
 
Grant Lake mine road has been clear of fallen trees. Grant Lake had 15” of ice on it 2 days ago.
 
There is skiing to be had on SRD, check the Seward Nordic Ski Club link, better yet, go to the site, become a member and updates on latest conditions will be automatically sent to your email.
 
Alison Rein from Glacier Ranger District has a more promising report, at least for those of you who like to ski: The valley is back to more normal winter conditions with wonderful on-trail skiing.  12-16" of fresh light snow, parking areas plowed, continued light snow and cold temps (highs of 20's at most) should keep the conditions in great shape!  Don't delay, ski portage today!
 
Tomorrow is the full moon, not sure if we’ll get to view it because it’s the “SNOW MOON”, and as many of you know, quite often in winter the day of, or the evening before the full moon brings a change in the weather. Before my kids were in school I planned most of our winter camping trips around the full moon so as to avoid winter storms, this worked well about 75% of the time, keeping my fingers crossed.
 
Lots of fun to be had this weekend at the 1st annual Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous, please see the attached document.
 
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Divide - February 12, 2014

Temp 10

Paradise & warm up, groomed.
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Bear Lake - February 11, 2014

South shore Bear lake is nice for classic or skate - Tom rolled a bit along the shore and to the island.  Expect blown in in a few places.  We skied all way round the lake - north end very nice , west shore very scant in places.  We did classic but skate would have been easier since poling is pretty difficult.  At noon 14 degrees, winds 12-20mph.   We are still iceskating lake too, some substantial clear spots out there.  Enjoy the sun!
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Divide - February 11, 2014

The meadow has been roughly rolled out it still is a fair classic ski but it also has bare spots and lots of brush in places and if you venture south down the power line to the south exit be careful it's challenging getting up the hill back to paradise loop ( if you look carefully you might see an impression of my face at the bottom!) I walked luna loop and the east side is down to ice and has dirt and rocks showing there is not enough snow to groom. I haven't been around paradise don't know how it's holding up maybe someone can give a report. 

Herb

I skied Paradise today (February 11) and its in great shape. Easy to edge, easily avoidable icy patches and is slow enough to be forgiving.

Mark
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Bear Lake - February 9, 2014

We made it around Bear Lake today on Classic XC Skis - staying close to the shoreline.  Some small patches of ice, wind in the face going north on the west side, but a very fun ski back.  Nice to be on the lake, even with minimal snow.  Not suited for skate skiing - as the snow depth over the ice is minimal.
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Upper Trail Lake - February 9, 2014

Good evening.  The temperature at Trail River is eight degrees and skies are clear.  The course for the Moose Pass WInter Rendezvous Ski Race was rolled out on Upper Trail Lake Saturday afternoon.  The surface bonded well to the ice.  The surface is thin, but your poles don't kick out and your skis don't cut down to the lake ice.  There is over five miles of skiable surface.  The best access to the trail is right behind (to the north) of Trail Lake Lodge.  Drop down to the lakeshore right by their pavilion.
Enjoy!
We will be holding a ski race this coming Saturday, Feb. 15 on this course.  There is no fee to enter the race.  The kids race is a half mile loop.  The classic race is roughly three miles and the skate ski race is around five miles.  Registration begins at 10 a.m. and a mass start will follow.  We hope to see you at the race and Rendezvous this weekend!
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Divide - February 8, 2014

Luna and Paradise Loops are groomed thanks to Herb and Mark F and 6 inches of new dry snow. Trails are soft and slow enough that you can edge easily. Temp 29. A few ice patches but easily overcome.
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Local Tail Conditions - February 6, 2014

Good Clear, Crisp, Icy, day to all of you. Today (2/6/14) mini glaciers continue to grow on our winter used trails due to lack of snow cover. My favorite piece of gear these past few weeks (besides ice skates) are my Kahootla Microspikes that have enabled me to safely travel over ice on any terrain.
 
Gull Rock and Hope Point are mostly ice/snow free. All other trails on the Seward Ranger District at the moment will require ice creepers on your shoes. Even though there is no snow in the woods, and in some cases no ice on the trail/road for the first mile, our winter used trails/roads are icy.
 
Many area lakes are skate-able; Tern, Bear, Meridian, Lower Russian, Juneau, Lower Trail, portions of Upper Trail, and many are not; Vagt, Grant, Trout.
 
If any of you have checked the  http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html link I sent you will have gleaned some valuable information on a couple areas that are skiable thanks to the many hours put in by the volunteer groomers.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail, as with all of our winter used trails, except Gull Rock and a few ridge trails, will be best traveled by walking with ice cleats until we get snow. Access to Resurrection Pass Trail SOUTH via West Juneau Road, Slaughter Ridge Road, and the Summer Hiking Trail have bare ground for first 1-1.5 miles. Though Slaughter Ridge Road is drivable for the first mile, I don’t recommend travel up the 2nd hill, you’ll notice a large glacier forming that is sketchy to drive, even with tire chains, I wimped out and made Fitz drive down while I walked. The last mile to Resurrection Pass Trail North T.H. is icy as well. The last mile of the road before the T.H. is extremely icy.
 
Folks, if you travel to any of our Public Use Cabins and notice anything that’s missing or broken (windows, splitting maul, saw, fire extinguisher, etc…) please give us a call and let us know so we can fix it. Our main office number is 907-224-3374.
 
February 14-16, 2014 is the 1st annual Moose Pass Winterfest.
 
Glacier Ranger District, Portage Valley Recreation Update February 5, 2014
There’s no snow on the valley floor, but we have skate-able ice on all the small ponds, and all roads are bare gravel.  Get it while it lasts, there’s snow in the forecast.  Portage Lake is not frozen as of today, so beware if it looks solid tomorrow!  The nearby wetlands in Placer & Twentymile valley’s are also frozen smooth and can take you miles away quickly on a pair of sharp skates.  All our ponds and wetlands have small openings created by gasses released when plants decompose, watch out for these hazards, and for moving water areas (inlets/oulets).
 
Bryon Glacier Road is open to travel.  If you choose to hike Byron Glacier Trail, be aware of the snow still piled up above you.  This trail is located at the bottom of a narrow, steep-sided valley.  If the weather starts warming, snowing and/or blowing, the avalanche danger for people using the trail can rise quickly.
 
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
 

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Divide - February 4, 2014

Temp 32

Paradise and warm up loop groomed.
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Divide - February 3, 2014

Updated - skate advanced/strong intermediate skiers only!

OK, I (Dennis Perry) got frustrated with the fact there is no place to ski, and here we are trying to train for the Tour. I tried to keep Mile 12 passable during the warm-up, especially the last week and a half of that awful time. After it cooled off, Mile 12 became a concrete to ski areas. That being said, I got out the groomer on Thursday and "experimented" with a small area (a loop comprised of part of the Paradise loop where the equipmant is kept, too the Sitzmark and back onto the small meadow and back to the equipment. That section took 2 hours! I just wanted to ski. Ok, it was ground up ice when I was done, but I figured it would improve over night, and it did. We went to Anchorage Friday and skied Kincaid and followed the Pisten Bulley's around and realized they were not much better than Mile 12. There were open spots, icy areas, and the tillers could not be set very deep because they only have a couple inched to work with, and you could scrape the ground up stuff off of the ice if you weren't careful. 

So when I got back, I started in on Mile 12 again and tried to groom Paradise and I was pleasant surprised. Yes, there are bare spots and icy spots, but I was able to groom around most or make a path through them, and even succeeded at grinding up some of the barre ice to look like snow (you can do a lot with a Ginzu). The biggest problem was that the wind had really dirtied up the trail so, after I finished grooming, I took the grass rake left at the equipment port, and raked the entire Paradise loop of the spruce cones and sticks. Believe it or nor, it is actually skiable! The only problem is that it is also extremely fast, so you need to go with your A-game. I wouldn't suggest plowing turns, although that is a dilemma, because it scrapes off what we have left. I also suggest that everyone obey the counterclockwise direction of travel, as it would be impossible to avoid hitting someone going the opposite direction down some of the fast hills. Please be considerate of this, especially if you are a "step-turner", because you will fly around that course, so remember - counterclockwise.

In the parking area, much water had collected at the bottom of the turn, and froze to ungroomable consistency. I groomed around in the untouched snow nearer the road, but the turn (to the right) becomes sharper the further into the turn you go, and there are weeds and growth showing up through the snow that can catch your skis, but it is actually not bad when you figure out how to do it. Also, at the end of Paradise, near the equipment and coming northbound down the short hill, a tree had been cut up at the beginning of the season, and the sawdust is now completely exposed. First time through there on skis, I received an unceremonious faceplant - stopped dead in my tracks. I raked out a path through there in two places, and since it is a downhill, just keep your skis together and go through the path. With all the debris on the trial before I raked it out, daily inspection of my skis did not show any damage to the bottoms, as most of it is organic material.

If anybody gets up there soon, grab the rake and rake out one section of the parking area on the side closest to the hill. I ran out of time on that one. If you use a headlamp beware that it is fast enough that it is easy to outrun the light from your lamp, even my 200 lumen one isn't quite enough. One more reminder, please be aware of plowing - I know it is necessary, but there isn't much snow left. But it is skiable and pretty fun. Luna is down for the count until we get more snow which could be this Thursday/Friday. HAVE FUN!

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Trail River Campground - February 2, 2014

Temp 26.

Big loop. Conditions, good. Stable & fast.  
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Lower Trail Lake - February 2, 2014

We stroller skated Lower Trail Lake today.  It was great.  The "moat" around main body of the lake firmed up over night and provided a smooth, fast surface.  The main body of the lake is stippled but it is still decent skating.  We stuck to the east side of the lake and didn't push any further north than the island.
Folks further out the road said Tern Lake is a better surface, but you can't beat the sun at Lower Trail.
Enjoy!
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Trail River Campground - January 31, 2014

Friday night. One loop was groomed where where it could be. Not bad in some spots.
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Local Tail Conditions - January 30, 2014

Seward Ranger District, January 30, 2014 and all remains quiet in the woods as we are closed to winter motorized use until further notice. Wasn’t it just a couple weeks ago I said you wouldn’t be hearing much from me now because we are in full winter mode? Ha, ha, ha, ha, sorry, I lied.
I’m disheartened to report the Death of a dog just shy of his 1
st Birthday; Reuben got caught in a conibear trap on the shores of Kenai Lake near Waikiki Beach last week, his owners were with him but were unable to revive him.
As of yesterday Snug Harbor Road was ice free to the winter parking lot at mile 9; beyond this the road was icy and not drivable. Last mile of Resurrection Creek Rd to the Resurrection North T.H. is a luge run. Slaughter Ridge Rd. is mostly ice free, West Juneau is free of ice for the 1
st mile, then icy the remainder. Folks going overnight will do better with backpacks rather than ski pulks until we get more snow cover.
A tad over two months ago on November 22, 2013 Tern Lake had 12” of ice, any guesses as to how thick the ice on Tern Lake is today?
Hiking on any of our winter used trails is doable with ice cleats, biking is difficult until you get beyond the ice, ever try turning on ice while biking? It’s an accident waiting to happen; just trying to ride in a straight line w/o slipping on ice is a challenge, even with studded tires.
Snow depth at Clemen’s Cabin on Lost Lake winter route is a shocking 31”. The winter/summer loop is packed and will be even firmer today with the below freezing temperatures at night.
Lower Russian Lake had 14” of ice as of Tuesday. Take a look at the attached photo of an avalanche that came down twice in 2 weeks. The 1
st time it came to within 15 feet of the Barber Cabin Trail and was an impressive sight. The 2nd time it crashed into the lake breaking the lake ice. I’m a bit puzzled as to why only two of the 5 avalanches that normally slide in the mile section (½ mile on L.Russian Lake Trail, and ½ mile on Barber Cabin Trail) came down, there’s still a lot of snow up high, at least in this location.
KTUU is looking for our local Avalanche expert, really, not for his upcoming class, but for his knowledge on Avalanches. Anyways, Alex McLain is teaching a free Avalanche Awareness Class this Saturday February 1st, 1-5 PM at the Seward City Library, 239 6th Ave, Seward AK. Topics covered will include Snowpack, human factors, mountain weather, terrain, and Avalanche Rescue (Beacon Search). If you are interested contact Alex McLain with the USFS, Seward Ranger District for more information at (907) 288-7710 or by email at
amclain@fs.fed.us.
Ice skating on some local lakes is back, though, getting to the good ice may prove to be a challenge due to the moats that formed during the 3 weeks of warm weather. Today the moats on Lower and Upper Trail Lakes, and Tern Lake had refrozen to ½” thickness. Currently Tern Lake offers the most promising ice skating from the Day Use Area; access the lake from the second or third picnic site. Access from the Sterling Hwy. may be possible in a few days. The inlet has opened tremendously wide; as always with any inlets or outlets on frozen bodies of water use caution when traveling near them. Ice thickness today at 12:30 on Tern Lake was 14” and mostly clear with numerous methane gas formed bubbles.
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Local Tail Conditions - January 16, 2014

Seward Ranger District, January 16, 2014.
Primrose trail as of today is now open to Winter Motorized Use, you will most likely need a chainsaw as you make your way through the woods.
Lost Lake trail remains closed to motorized use.
Several inches of heavy, wet, snow has fallen across the district in the past few days.
Barber Cabin winter trail has been packed and is good, the way the creek channel is flowing it’s best to travel 100’ along the lakeshore before going across.
Johnnie Gaule has plowed snow from the hockey rink on Upper Trail Lake for games this coming weekend.
 
From Glacier Ranger District: Portage Valley Recreation Update: Over-snow travel has improved with warmer temperatures and a trace of new wet snow. Some bridges and areas under tree canopies are bare.  It was snowing at 35⁰ - 33⁰ today, January 15.  Byron Glacier Road and the roads by Alder Pond are not maintained for winter use, but our low snow has made them accessible.  Use of these roads is not recommended!   Ponds are covered with wet snow and ice, with areas of open water.  Portage Lake has water-on-ice.  Our incoming warming-weather pattern will likely change these conditions over the weekend, however, glaciers in this valley can keep the precipitation snow when it’s raining elsewhere at the same elevation.
 
Please continue to utilize the links I sent you regarding additional information for Avalanche conditions, and condition of groomed trails between Seward and Cooper Landing.
 
Alex McLain is teaching an Avalanche Awareness Class, Saturday, February 1st in Seward, please see attached document for additional information.
 
Now that we are getting closer to full winter mode I don’t anticipate sending weekly updates unless there is something of interest to share. Have a Great time in the Outdoors this winter!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
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Trail River Campground - January 12, 2014

Good evening.  The current temperature at Trail River is 24 degrees and light snow is falling.  I combed all the loops this evening and anticipate that the scant new snow we received today will adhere to the icy mess of a trail.  Enjoy!
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Second Lake January 12, 2014

The ice is good at 2nd Lake for ice skating. Might as well use the ice as we wait for more snow.
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Local Tail Conditions - January 10, 2014

Good afternoon to all of you.
 
Here’s an update from Alison Rein of Glacier Ranger District for Portage Valley:
 
Portage Valley has lost most of its snow on the valley floor; trails are better walked (with cleats) than skied.  Portage Lake has ice that has broken and partially re-frozen.  All side roads are ice-covered.  Ponds are frozen, but not smooth.  Wear your cleats and have a nice, quiet stroll in Portage before the next storm changes everything again!
 
Seward Ranger District trails that are open for winter motorized use are hard packed still………..The lovely snow storm predicted last weekend arrived warm and delivered a lot of rain. Good news is that we have ice skating once again!!!! Tern Lake and parts of Upper Trail Lake out of the Ball Diamond are good for ice skating.
 
Lost Lake and Primrose trails remain closed to sno-gos.
 
Though there is little snow for off trail travel, on trail travel is good. Not much ice except at elevations below 700’ elevation. Above 700’ you get into decent conditions to sno-go, ski, or Fat Tire bike to cabins and lakes on packed trails.
 
Though you can travel by sno-go through Resurrection Pass via the North trail from Hope, you will still want to take a chainsaw, or at a minimum a hand saw. We’re working on hauling bridge materials, bear food lockers, etc…. while conditions are good and don’t anticipate going on Resurrection North for a few weeks.
 
Clemen’s Cabin is low on propane,  you can try one of the mostly MT bottles, hold it horizontally and shake the contents then hook it up. You can also try taking a barbeque style propane bottle with you. If anyone does this let us know how it works. Our first priority when we open Lost Lake trail will be to refill the 17 bottles of propane at the Clemen’s Cabin.
 
Have a Great Weekend!
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Divide - January 9, 2014

Both loops at the divide are groomed for skate or classic. A little icy in spots but overall pretty decent surface. 
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Trail River Campground - January 5, 2014

The current temperature at Trail River is 33 degrees.  The trail is very icy at this time.  We will post again when conditions improve.
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Trail River Campground - January 4, 2014

Good morning,
The current temperature at Trail River is 27 degrees.  I loops have been leveled out and groomed for skate skiing.  Enjoy!
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Local Tail Conditions - December 31, 2013

Travel today, December 31, 2013, on Seward Ranger District trails is good on the following trails for sno-gos, thanks to a large number of people who have taken their chainsaws on first rides. Though, we anticipate these conditions to quickly change as we get closer to ringing in the new year if we receive the predicted snowfall.   Also note that even though I mention travel is good, it’s only as good as the ability of the rider, many of these trails I mention are “more difficult”.
 
Johnson South to Johnson Lake via Johnson Creek winter route, Thank you Corey for going back with a chainsaw!
Johnson North to Johnson Lake via the Wagon Road, access at the West Side of the parking lot.
Resurrection Pass Trail South to Swan Lake via Slaughter Ridge Road(limited parking for rigs w/trailers, or West Juneau Road.
Resurrection Pass Trail North to Devil’s Pass, limited parking for rigs w/trailers.
Upper Russian Lake via the Snug Harbor Road Trailhead. Travel via Cooper Lake is rougher due to exposed willow/alders.
Carter Lake to Crescent Lake.
 
Still closed to winter motorized due to insufficient snow to prevent resource damage are Lost Lake and Primrose Trails. So many phone calls from folks wanting to sno-go in these locations. We don’t have a magic formula of how many inches of new snow we need to open. We’re hoping for wetter, dense snow that will adhere to the thin, packed icy surface.
 
Grant Lake Portage trail has been logged out, we anticipate logging out the mining road this Thursday.
 
Ice thickness on Upper Russian Lake on 12/30/2013 was 11”, and Cooper Lake had 12” of ice. We’ve been experiencing over flow on all lakes in various locations.
 
At the moment, snow depth in Resurrection Pass is 18”. Snow depth at Cooper Lake is 14”. Snow depth at Lost Lake is 24”.
 
Continue to check the links I sent out last week for up to date conditions in areas that are being groomed for skiing.
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
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Bear Lake - December 31, 2013

Happy New Year - Bear Lake groomed last night, thanks to Gillespies, and quite nice for skate this morning.  Snow has softened a bit and best travel is on the west side to north end and bit beyond.  Temperature 25 and no wind, great way to start the day! Madelyn
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Bear Lake - December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas all -noon and no-light wind, 10 degrees at Bear Lake.  Tom scratched up the trail round the lake last night and skating is good with intermittent icy spots of overflow.  Classic track held up well through freeze thaw.  It’s a beautiful Christmas Eve at the lake, Peace, madelyn
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Trail River Campground - December 24, 2013

The campground is perfectly groomed! 15 degrees, slight breeze. Every loop is flawless - flat, fast and firm. Ten out of ten! Thanks Jason.
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Trail River Campground - December 23, 2013

Good evening.  The temperature at Trail RIver is 29 degrees and the sky is starting to clear out.  All loops have been rolled for skate skiing.  It should ski nice and fast tomorrow morning.  Enjoy!
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Bear Lake - December 20, 2013

Dan groomed Bear Lake this morning for skate and classic. By the afternoon, it was still a bit soft but it should harden up well overnight. Some overflow midway up the east side that will challenge you. Temperature lower to mid 20s. No wind.
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Divide - December 20, 2013

The divide was packed and I ran the piston bully with the big Ginzu around both loops it should have a decent enough surface now for skate or classic. The loop around the parking area is sparse and lots of brush sticking out . Other than that you shouldn't have any trouble around Luna or paradise. See you up there happy solstice!
Herb
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Trail River Campground - December 19, 2013

Good evening.  The current temperature at Trail River is nine degrees and skies are partly cloudy.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing this evening.
Enjoy!
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Local Tail Conditions - December 19, 2013

Good welcome to awesome winter conditions in many locations on the Seward Ranger District!!!
 
Seward Ranger District opens to winter motorized use on trails/areas that allow motorized use EXCEPT for LOST LAKE and Primrose Trails on Friday, December 20, 2013. We will continue to monitor conditions daily and will open these areas when there is sufficient snow to prevent resource damage.

If you are traveling in the following areas by use of snowmobile you will want to take a chainsaw with you as there will be down trees across the trail, some you will be able to negotiate around but there will be others that will require cutting.

 
Resurrection Pass Trail North from the Trailhead to Mile 17.
Johnson Pass Trail entire distance.
Grant Lake mine road.
Russian Lakes Trail from Upper Russian Trailhead to Upper Russian Lake (remainder of this trail going north towards Cooper Landing is closed to snogo).
Resurrection River Trail
 
We will begin working on these trails when we can after the Holidays. Unfortunately, our Winter Program has been cut 50%, instead of three 2-person crews we now have 1.5 two person crews.
 
Great skate skiing on groomed trails in Russian River and Trail River C.G.’s, Exit Glacier Rd, Divide Mile 12, last mile of Quartz Creek Road before Crescent Creek Trailhead from Cooper Landing, and Bear Lake, though last night Bear Lake area received 7” of snow, Divide 2”, and a skiff at Trail River and Russian River C.G.’s.
 
Plowed side roads (Last mile to Resurrection North Trailhead on Resurrection Creek out of Hope, Snug Harbor, Slaughter Ridge) are currently are in good condition for driving if you have a high clearance vehicle.
 
Winter access to Resurrection Pass trail south via Slaughter Ridge Road to Bean Creek trail has been plowed by the contractor removing beetle killed trees. If you choose to drive beyond the winter parking area keep alert for logging trucks and heavy equipment coming down the road. This contract is estimated for completion in approximately 2-3 weeks, until then the last mile of this road from the winter parking lot will be plowed making for a rougher ski. 
 
Now that grooming has begun across the District please bookmark these two sites for updated information on what’s current so I don’t send repeat information to you the rest of the winter.
 
http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/  
 
http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html
 
For current Avalanche information please bookmark
 
http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id=
This website has a wealth of information from Summit Lake to Girdwood. Also, for more in depth information on Avalanche information please call Alex McLain at 288-7710.
 
Have a Fantabulous Winter Solstice Weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
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Bear Lake - December 17, 2013

Bear Lake is groomed for skate and classical skiing.  1 pm  Wednesday 15 degrees  winds 5 mph.  

Dan
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Area still closed to snowmachine - December 17, 2013

Lots of calls on snogo opening on Seward Ranger District Trails. So, at the moment we are anticipating opening some areas this Friday, December 20, but not for Lost Lake/Primrose Trails, unless we receive quite a bit more snow before then.
 
I’ll send a note out to the Trail Conditions mailing list and also will have it posted on the Chugach National Forest web page under Quick Links Thursday late afternoon.
 
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/home/?cid=stelprdb5402427
 
You may notice I say “at the moment”, or “currently” a lot in my trail updates because conditions can change quite rapidly in the out of doors. Let’s hope my anticipation for Friday’s opening is a go.
 
Irene Lindquist
Seward Ranger District
907-288-7748
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Trail River Campground - December 14, 2013

Yeah!  Twenty-one and still snowing out this way.  All loops have been rolled.
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Bear Lake - December 16, 2013

Monday December 16 AM:  wind at 8-10 temperature about 8 degrees.  trail around the lake was packed last night with roller.  It's a think layer so one can easy get down to ice.  Expect higher winds through the day.  The Iditarod needs more snow before it's good sking.
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Exit Glacier Road - December 16, 2013

EG Rd was rolled to the overlook this afternoon.  Plenty of snow but no base, hopefully the groomed trail will set up overnight for some good skiing tomorrow.
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Divide - December 16, 2013

All the loops except the meadow have been rolled. Still rough in spots with some vegetation so best to use your classical skis for now but it looks to be a good base. I will go over luna and paradise tomorrow again with the roller.
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Lower Trail Lake - December 11, 2013

Good evening.  The ice on Lower Trail Lake is ideal for ice skating.  There is a thin skiff of snow on the surface, and there are some areas that are rough, but the lanes are wide and smooth and the ice between the island and the first cove is great.
So if you are climbing the walls a bit and need a break from the wind, check it out.  The ideal direct sunlight time starts around 1230 and wraps up around 230 p.m.  Cheers!
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Local Trail Conditions - December 9, 2013

Good gorgeous morning to Everyone on this Monday, December 9, 2013.
 
Though it appears there aren’t too many outdoor activities available, don’t let Mother Nature fool you.
 
Ice skating on Tern Lake is FABULOUS!!!!!!!
 
Skate skiing on Lower Trail lake is good.
 
Classic skiing on Seward Ranger District is good.
 
Fat Tire biking on packed trails is good.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
 
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Trail River Campground - December 8, 2013

Hi Everyone - Skied Trail River this afternoon. It is hard pack and bumpy with River Terrace Loop being the best for snow cover. We went to Mile 12 or Divide yesterday and it is OK for touring with heavy skis. Be aware of areas with low snow cover and stay on the trail to avoid stumps etc. Both areas should be good with the projected snow late this coming week.
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Local Trail Conditions - December 5, 2013

Well, it is warmer outside, but boy did we get wet today in the rain and wet snow. Chugach National Forest is still closed to Snogos due to lack of sufficient snow to prevent resource damage.
 
With our well below freezing temperatures this past week, any guesses as to how thick the ice is on Upper Trail (November 22 U.Trail Lk had 4” of ice) and Grant Lakes?  
 
Anticipate more slick and icy surfaces on packed trails/roads once again as our temperatures are above freezing. The snow off trail in most locations north of Seward is packing well and classic skiing is good.
 
Trail River Campground has been rolled and skate skiing is fabulous and fast, anticipate it to get hard and faster when temperatures hit 32 degrees or less.
 
Russian River C.G. entrance gate is still open at the moment, however, we plan to close it at the next snowfall regardless of amount.
 
The loop trail from Resurrection Trail South and out the West Juneau Road has been packed. This 8.6 mile loop is a fun ski and is best skied up the hiking trail and down the logging road. West Juneau road is 100 feet west of the trailhead so you won’t need to shuttle your rig. From Resurrection Pass trail the West Juneau road is on  your left 1,000 feet beyond Juneau Falls, if you go over the bridge across Juneau Creek you’ve gone too far.
 
The Grant Lake Portage Trail has been packed and logged out, there is 12” of snow. The first 100’ of Grant Lake has 4” of ice, further out it looks as if other parts of the lake began freezing a couple days ago, there are many areas of open water on the lake.
 
Upper Trail Lake had 4” of ice on November 22. We received 5” of snow on November 23, temperatures were well below freezing this past week. Today the ice thickness 150’ to the north of the ball diamond was 6.5”, the power of snow for insulation is amazing.
 
 
Have a marvelous weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska
907-288-7748
 
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Trail River Campground - December 1, 2013

Good evening,
The current temperature at Trail River is 1 degree, skies are clear and winds are light out of the north.  All loops have been rolled out this evening.  The surface is thin and a bit wheel rutted, but skiable.  Be aware of thin, icy spots under trees, especially on the Spruce Woods loop.  Enjoy!
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Local Tail Conditions - November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013 update on trail/ice/motorized use on Seward Ranger District.
 
Due to lack of snow on Seward Ranger District (also Glacier Ranger District) we will not be able to open to motorized use on December 1, see attachment. We will monitor our conditions daily and will open as soon as we have adequate snow to prevent resource damage.
 
11/26/2013 Trout Lake had 7” of ice.; Upper Trail Lake to the west of the Ball Diamond a few hundred feet out had 6” of soft ice.

Most of our trails beginning from the trailheads have between 4”-8” of snow at the moment, 4” near Seward, 6” near Moose Pass, 4” in Cooper Landing, and 8” in Hope. All trails have an ice layer on the ground topped with packed snow for a good base.
 
All areas have glaciation at lower elevations, ice grippers are recommended.
 
Skiing is possible on Resurrection Pass Trail South via Bean Creek trail. The 2nd large hill on Slaughter Ridge Rd. is glaciated, recommend either parking at the winter parking area, or if you choose to drive this road, park at the bottom of the 2nd hill.
 
Folks traveling over Resurrection Pass Trail will want to have snowshoes or skis.
 
Pulling a pulk is feasible on Lower Russian Lakes trail, the gate is still open into Russian River C.G.
 
The photo is from today on the Clemen’s Cabin trail, this tree was 4’+ and was cleared by our Master Sawyer Fitz.
 
Have a fabulous THANKSGIVING!
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Trail River Campground - April 16, 2013

The current temperature at Trail RIver is 26, skies are clear and there is no wind.
All loops have been resurfaced for skate skiing.  It should be stiff and fast prior to around 1130 a.m.  If you want a softer ride, ski it well into the afternoon  Expect icy spots on shaded corners and the be aware the whole bottom area of the southern most loop is icy.
This will most likely be my last post for the season.  We hope you enjoyed Trail River as much as we did this season.  We'll be skiing on it out here until the bitter end.
Enjoy!
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Old Sterling Highway - Tern Lake April 12, 2013

If you haven't skied the Old Sterling Highway this winter, now is as good a time as any.  Today it was great.   It has been groomed but has about 3 inches of recent ungroomed ontop.  Access from Tern Lake picnic rest area  --- Yes it is plowed.  Some one had a wedding there and plowed the road.   The first two miles of the trail would be doable with skate skis but the rest is more suited to  classic.  Lots of up and down.  Miles of fun skiing.    You can also access this from the other end at on the Crescent creek road off Quartz creek.


Dan


Positively an area with body-crushing and leghold traps plus snares, some set within 20 feet of the trail (old highway). Don't bring your dog!

Mark
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Bear Lake - April 11, 2013

Spring crust skiing is still strong at Bear Lake and the trail is good skiing too.  Expect wind and sunshine.    1:30 pm 23 degrees and light wind

sun on the lake til 7 pm for after work skiing
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Local trail conditions- April 4, 2012

Good glorious sunny day to all of you, it’s been several weeks since the last winter update meaning we have had wonderful conditions for getting outdoors, and those conditions continue.
 
We’re in the freeze/thaw mode  that has produced hard packed, slick trails in the early morning hours and slower travel in the afternoon on packed surfaces. Off trail travel on a hard crust is good in most locations until around 1 p.m.
 
Groomed trails in the following locations allow for good skate skiing: Russian River & Trail River C.G.’s; Bear Lake; Road to Exit Glacier. In addition, these trails/areas have a packed surface wide enough to skate ski:  Russian River Falls, Old Sterling Hwy, Snow River.
 
Snug Harbor Rd is in good condition to the winter parking lot, after that the moguls are rock hard.
 
Travel to Lower Russian Lake/Barber Cabin is still good via the winter route, though anticipate using the summer trail beginning mid-April.  
 
“Don’t call us, we’ll call you”, re: when snow is gone, it’s going to be 3-4 weeks out at the earliest for our lower elevation trails. In the meantime, keep those winter toys maintained for continued snow outings in all the usual winter used trails/areas.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Bear Lake - April 3, 2013

Bear lake and Resurrection River have both been good for crust skiing the last two days   April is Crust skiing month!!


Dan
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Trail River Campground - March 31, 2013

The current temperature is 29 degrees and skies are clear above Trail River.
I finally was able to give the trail some attention.  All loops have skate lanes and classic tracks.  Enjoy it while you can for the end is near out here.
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Divide - March 9, 2013

The divide has been groomed all loops have been packed. The parking lot was also plowed out as well
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Bear Lake continues to hold up against this early spring.    Nice fast classic tracks and soft skate ski conditions.  35 degrees little or no wind.    Be wary of open water and overflow especially all the south shore.  

Dan
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Divide - March 2, 2013

Wow, the Divide is excellent right now.  Sunny down in the meadow.  For those that like to explore, the powerline going south has a snow machine trail all the way to town, and it heads north up towards Grayling also.  Lots of fun poking around.
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Divide - March 2, 2013

I ran the groomer over all loops and the surface is great, still soft but should firm up by tonight.
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Trail River Campground - March 2, 2013

The current temperature is 25 and skies are clear above Trail River.  All loops and the approach to the campground have been groomed complete with a skate lane and classic tracks.  Enjoy!
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Divide - February 28, 2013

We received another 6 inches at the divide yesterday and as of this afternoon all loops have been groomed. The temps have been warm so expect a soft trail.

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Dan and I packed all loops including the meadow on 12 to 18 inches of new snow. Enjoy...
Herb
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Trail River Campground - February 25, 2013

The current temperature is 23 degrees and moonlit skies are mostly clear.
All loops and the road have been resurfaced and classic tracks have been put in throughout the whole system.
Enjoy the fine weather!
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Good morning
This morning at Bear Lake it is 22 degrees and winds NW about 10.  Bluebird sky.  The lake has been groomed all round the lake and is ready to take on skate skiers now.....Tom and Dan have been working it over consistently but there are still soft spots, mostly towards the north end. I just came off the lake and I was able to skate the entire way.  Bottom line, is for the first time in months, you won't be sorry if you set off on skate skis.
Enjoy!
madelyn
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Local trail conditions- February 21, 2012

Appears to be a good weekend for all modes of winter travel on Seward Ranger District Trails.
 
Lost Lake Trail, normally I’m saying  “ Please don’t make me, please don’t make me haul propane to the Clemen’s Cabin”, but as of late, I’m telling Fitz we need to haul more propane. What this means is that at the moment we have good conditions,  (Minus the moguls, Primrose has 4 miles of moguls,  Lost Lake has 2 miles, and Snug Harbor access to Lost Lake has 3 miles). Anticipate good conditions on all our winter used trails.
 
Keep in mind however, there are always obstacles that make some areas difficult, such as the mud hole we almost got stuck in on the Johnson Pass Winter Route, or that windblown side hill where we couldn’t keep our machines going where we wanted.
 
Large holes in the ice on Snug Harbor Rd between mile 5 and 6 may impede travel for rigs pulling large trailers.
 
Classic skiing is great in most areas, skate skiing Russian River C.G., Old Sterling Hwy, Trail River C.G., Exit Glacier, Divide Ski area is good.
 
Anticipate fewer updates unless conditions warrant mention. If you would like more specific area/cabin/trail information please call:
 
Fitz: 288-7714
Pat Cook: 288-7711
Irene Lindquist: 288-7748
John Eavis: 288-7702
 
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Bear Lake -February 21, 2013

Groomed around the lake last night .   Soft, rough and a chance of over flow, but it is nice snow  and skiing on it only makes it better.   

Here's to longer days and spring skiing.
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Bear Lake -February 18, 2013

Monday am wind light 10 mph from the north;  temperature  21 degrees.  This week I packed trail along the West side of the lake with snow machine and did the same along the south shore down to and around the island.  This is a rough pack but good for touring.   The over flow under the snow makes grooming impossible for now.     

Enjoy. 
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Local trail conditions- February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy 40th to our Avalanche Forecaster Alex McLain today.
 
Guess how thick the ice is on Upper Russian Lake?
 
Currently travel to Lost Lake via all access points is fair. The Lost Lake area has received over 4’ of new snow in the last week. From Lost Lake Trailhead ice on the trail is non-existent and has been replaced by large pools of water. Travel via Primrose or Snug Harbor Rd is fair, there are lots of moguls, 2.5 miles on Snug Harbor, and 4.5 miles on Primrose. I found out why I’ve never wanted to ski to the Clemen’s Cabin, even with skins on, it’s a tough ski. Just had to try it when I saw 8” of new snow this week and no icy chutes.
 
Classic skiing is very good in all areas. Glaciation and ice are currently buried under several inches of heavy wet snow on the trails. Currently our access roads to winter used trails are in good condition, however, anticipate icy conditions to return on these roads sooner than later as our well above freezing temps are turning these plowed surfaces into ice rinks.
 
Travel to Upper Russian Lake is good Snug Harbor Rd access (except for the road portion which is very bumpy). There is an active trap line on this trail. Ice thickness on U.Russian Lake on Tuesday was 12”.
 
Continue to check the Seward Nordic and Cooper Landing Nordic Ski Club web sites for conditions on grooming.

Carter Lake to Crescent via Carter Lake Trailhead: Trail is in good condition! Keep an eye out as always when traveling over frozen bodies of water, didn’t appear to be much over flow, but that can change quickly.

 
Johnson Pass South Trail via Winter Route, or Johnson Pass Wagon Rd on the North (gated road on North side of parking lot at Johnson Pass North T.H.) travel is good. Though, getting to Johnson Pass South Winter Route may take a little figuring out if you can’t safely cross the open channels, once on the right side of the Rail Road Tracks, travel is good all the way through.
 
Sunday is the 3rd Annual Seward Nordic Ski Club Luminary Ski at Mile 12 Divide, please open the attachment above for more information.
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Bear Lake - -February 12, 2013

Madelyn broke a nice trail for classic touring to the north end of the lake and back.  Watch for overflow in spots, but overall it makes for a good ski.  Still too much overflow to allow for grooming
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Trail River Campground - February 8, 2013

The temperature at Trail River is 27 degrees and partly cloudy.  Miles groomed all loops and the road for skate skiing this morning.
Enjoy!
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Exit Glacier Road - February 7, 2013

Herman Leirer Road was groomed this evening all the way to the Park Service.  It should set up nicely overnight and be great for skate or classic.
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Bear Lake - -February 7, 2013

4:30 pm THursday.  32 degrees calm.  We have had almost a foot of nice powdery snow in the last 48 hours making touring possible just about anywhere.  Be caution venturing out on the lake there is still lots of of over flow.   I have groomed ( a rough first pass only) from the public access along the south shore and through the Iditarod (bear Lake portion) plus a loop in the cove by the public access.  The cut off to glacier creek i packed and skiable.  Catch that about 150 yards west of the bridge on the Iditarod.
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Trail River Campground - February 6, 2013

The current temp at Trail River is 33 degrees and skies are partly cloudy.  I put in a skate lane this morning around all loops and down the road.  I should have the whole system spiffed by the weekend.  Enjoy!

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Trail River Campground - January 31, 2013

The current temp is 36 out here.  We had a fast ski this afternoon.  If you are in the area and looking for a ski, I'd get it now before it turns into an ice ball when temps drop below freezing, i.e. sundown.
Cheers!
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Chugach National Forest - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Rain, Snow, Warm, Cold, Sun, and Last Day of January.
 
The good news at the moment is that winter used trails/areas on Seward Ranger District are quite nice for skiing. We received a few inches of new snow, most of it melted from yesterday’s thaw, however, enough of a skiff remains and has bonded well to the ice layer making for some good skate, or classic ski conditions where snowmobiles haven ‘t traveled. Anticipate this to change to a hard surface when our temps go below freezing.
 
Access roads to winter used trails/areas are in good condition. Check weather forecasts if you choose to drive and leave your rig overnight on Resurrection Creek Rd (Hope) and Slaughter Ridge Rd beyond winter parking areas.
 
Icy conditions remain on those steeper sections of trails that receive snowmobile use.
 
Alex McLain is teaching another Avalanche Awareness class on Saturday, February 9 at the Seward Library from 10 AM to 3 PM. For more information call Alex at 907-288-7710.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Chugach National Forest - Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wasn’t it  a couple weeks ago I mentioned you wouldn’t hear much from me now that we’re in full winter mode? Well, guess what, you get yet another weekly update as conditions warrant mention sooner than later.
 
Access roads to Resurrection North, Bean Creek, Snug Harbor Rd mile 9 winter parking, Lower Russian, Lost Lake, and Exit Glacier are slippery.
 
Lost Lake Trail is not recommended for travel due to icy conditions. Access to Lost Lake should be via Primrose Trail or Snug Harbor Rd, though, beginning around mile 5 Snug Harbor Rd is icy and glaciated, rigs pulling larger trailers may run into difficulties. Snowmachines have been successful climbing the hills to Lost Lake.
 
Russian River C.G. access Rd. is icy and grippers should be worn. Lower Russian Lakes Trail at the moment is a better hike than ski. Though skiing for the more experienced is worth a try, I was able to skate ski to the lake, I would recommend metal edges/skins until the next snowfall. The trail to the Falls, and the summer and winter trails to the lake/Barber Cabin are packed and in good condition, the avalanches on the summer route have not come down and there appears to be a lot of snow up high. The lake surface is frozen with a thin crust layer and is easy to travel on the winter route.
 
Travel off trail is much easier now and will be hard and fast when we get the below freezing temps forecast for the weekend. There are many areas of Seward Ranger District that are closed to motorized winter use around Seward, Summit Lake, Johnson North where closure boundaries can be difficult to recognize. Visit the Chugach National Forest Web Page for 2012/13 Winter motorized closure maps http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5399387.pdf
if you will be snowmachining in these areas. For additional information on closed areas please call: 
John Eavis 288-7702; Alex McLain 288-7710; Mike Fitzpatrick (Fitz) 288-7714; Irene Lindquist 288-7748.
 
Information on Grooming of ski trails in Cooper Landing:
http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/
Note that there’s not been much activity in the past month on this site due to folks being  away over the Holidays, and upon return, nothing to groom.
 
Grooming between Moose Pass and Seward:
http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html
Skiing at Divide and Trail River C.G. has been very good.
 
Avalanche Information continue to check in with Alex McLain and the Chugach NF website:
http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id=
 
Depending on upcoming snowfall, we may get a chance to ice skate. Check large puddles around your yard, if you can walk on 1” of refrozen water you will probably have some good ice skating on Bear Lake, 2” of ice w/o cracking you might be able to skate on  Upper Trail Lake, and 2-3” of refrozen water w/o cracking Lower Trail Lake.
 
Have a Great Weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 




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The current temperature at Trail River is 31 degrees and skies are partly cloudy.
All loops and the road have been resurfaced.  There are fresh classic tracks throughout the whole system.
Enjoy!
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Trail River Campground - Saturday, January 19, 2012

Good morning!
The current temperature at Trail River is 17 degrees.  I resurfaced the skate lanes this evening.  Classic tracks are as is and have a light dusting of snow over them.
Enjoy!
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Local trail conditions- January 16, 2012

Quite a mix of conditions across Seward Ranger District at the moment.
 
Lost Lake Trail: NOT RECOMMENDED for travel unless you have studs on shoes or tracks, lots of ice, even on the summer trail that bypasses the steep trail out of the parking lot. Primrose Trail is fair, though very bumpy.
 
Slaughter Ridge, Resurrection Creek (Hope), West Juneau, Russian River C.G., and Snug Harbor Rd beyond mile 5 are difficult to travel due to slick ice. The 2- 4 inches of new snow has not helped the icy conditions.
 
Carter, Johnson North and South are in good condition, standing water is frozen, though overflow varies from day to day and is a constant concern to be aware of when traveling over frozen water, including muskegs/meadows that are used as winter trails.
 
Resurrection North and South, Bean Creek, and Lower Russian Lake Trails are a little better for skiing with the few inches of new snow on top of the hard packed surface, though access roads are icy getting to all of these areas.
 
Exit Glacier Road is in good condition and does not sport the icy conditions at the moment.
 
Trail River C.G. RD  is in very good condition for skiing.
 
Here is link to an article of the sled dogs caught in traps. Also today’s issue of Turnagain Times will have an article.
 
http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/dog-owners-snap-over-traps-conflict-brews-in-recreation-areas-of-cooper-landing/
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Many dogs injured in animal traps in the backcountry

Quite a few dogs have been caught in traps on Seward Ranger District. A dog was caught in a trap directly off West Juneau Road on Monday. There are traps on Snug Harbor Road that are also catching dogs, one dog had to have his foot amputated. Many areas/locations used for winter recreation sport active trap lines that are directly off a road or trail.
 
There are some trap lines where the trapper is a fair distance off a road or trail, but these are also a hazard to a loose dog who is lured by strong scents to the trap. Our current conditions allow for easy and fast travel off trail for a critter to get into trouble quick.
 
The Alaska Trappers Association is offering it's 'Shared Trails' presentation at the Cooper Landing Community Hall on Friday January 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm.  This consists of a DVD presentation for dog owners on traps and trap lines and how to avoid getting your dog caught in a trap or snare and what to do about it if it does happen.  The DVD covers how to recognize you may be on a trap line, various types of traps, how they operate and how they can be opened to release a dog.  Attendees are then offered the opportunity to try their hand at setting and opening various types of traps with the assistance of one or more ATA members who will be present to give tutoring assistance. The main purpose of this presentation is educational and not to debate individual views of trapping. I also have copies of the DVD if you would like to borrow it please get in touch and I can mail it to you.
 
I’ll be sending a trail  condition update later this afternoon or early tomorrow morning.
 
Enjoy your day!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Trail River Campground - January 14, 2013

The current temperature at Trail River is 32 degrees and skies are clearing off.  All loops have been groomed with skate lanes, and classic tracks have been set throughout the loops as well as down the road.
The surface held up pretty well out here and was skiable through the weekend as well as today.  We are expecting the temperatures to continue to fall overnight so expect a fast, crispy surface with ice in tree wells and at the logging road junction.  It should slide real nice.  Enjoy!
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Conditions were nice on Exit Glacier Rd this afternoon and should be even better as the first few miles (to Forest Service gate) were groomed this evening.
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Chugach National Forest - January 10, 2013

Two days of below freezing temps has helped some overflow issues, though it looks as if this too shall change sooner than later. Overflow, glaciation, and standing water on trails  change rapidly depending on location, snow cover, temps, etc….best to take the extra time to carefully check conditions before full throttle ahead. Another report of a snowmobile going through the ice on Crescent Lake two days ago, luckily it wasn’t too deep.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail: Travel is good from the North end to just above East Creek, and on the South from all access points to just above Swan Lake, anticipate no packed trail for the 10 miles in between these two locations. This is the norm especially in a no snow machine season as there are fewer people traveling over Resurrection Pass. Allow plenty of time to gather firewood at cabins. Recent snowfall has covered most of the glaciated areas. NOTE: Plan your travels well by checking weather patterns if you choose to drive the last mile of Resurrection Creek Rd to the North Trailhead, or if you drive the 1.3 miles beyond the winter parking area on Slaughter Ridge Rd. What today is drivable may tomorrow be an ice slick, or snowed in. Both roads are currently packed and drivable.
 
Lost Lake: Currently 6’ of snow on top. Travel from the Lost Lake T.H. is icy in the 1st mile. If you don’t have studs on your tracks you will not want to shoot straight up the hill, instead take the TRAIL to the right that begins 150 feet from the parking area. Bumpy ride up to Clemen’s Cabin. Propane has been restocked. Travel via Primrose Trail now sports the usual bumps. Snug Harbor Rd in remarkably good condition, anticipate glare ice if we receive the warm up predicted for the coming weekend.
 
Exit Glacier Road: Conditions at the moment are good and void of last week’s glare ice.
 
Now that all areas of Seward Ranger District are in winter mode, I don’t anticipate weekly updates unless there are news worthy conditions to report. Continue to check the websites for grooming and avalanche conditions. Please feel free to call the following people with your questions, comments, and trip planning needs.
 
AVALANCHE INFORMATION: Alex McLain: 288-7710
TRAILS/CABINS: Mike (Fitz) Fitzpatrick, 288-7714: Irene Lindquist, 288-7748: John Eavis, 288-7701
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 




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Divide - January 9, 2013

Both Luna and Paradise loops have been groomed with the ginzu over the past few days and are in great shape. Good for skate skiing now. Thanks to Andy's trailblazing yesterday the meadow area is now completely open it was rough packed with the roller today all open water is gone. I also rolled out Sitzmark (it is rough) into the parking area. So with that, all trails are open at the Divide. Enjoy!

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Trail River Campground - Tuesday January 8, 2012

The current temperature is 17 degrees and skies are clear.  All loops have been groomed with a skate lane and there are classic tracks throughout the campground loops and multiple tracks down the campground road.  I went heavy on the tracks.  Go Seahawks!  Enjoy.
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Trail River Campground and 5-5-5 update

Good evening.  The current temperature at Trail RIver is 30 degrees.  The road and all loops have been packed and groomed.  Classic tracks have been set down the road and on the lower loops.  The surface set up really well today.  See ya at the 555.
P.S. There will be a sled leaving at the trailhead for the pavilion at 10 am so if you have beverages, food, warm gear, or firewood, I'd try to have stuff ready to go at that time.  Backhaul will be about six hours later.
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Divide, December 31, 2012

I went out yesterday (12-31) and ran the roller on Luna loop. There is between 2-3 feet of snow on the trail and both loops are open. Andy and I are going to go up tomorrow and try to get both loops packed. If that all goes as planned we should be able to begin skiing  both loops very soon.
If you would like to snowshoe (or ski) into the meadow I would suggest going down Dan's Drop and turning left staying on the east side of the Meadow trail. Follow along the east trail going south until you reach the flooded section (on your right) and just stay left, you can work around it and get back onto the power line.
Snowshoeing through this section would really help us to keep the trail packed down all the way through the north end that intersects back up to Paradise loop, (especially up that steep section). As soon as the flooded section freezes over we should be able to open up the meadow trail. If you do want to snowshoe onto the trail there are a few alders that could be cut out that are down over the power line along the north end of the trail (just before that hill that takes you back up to Paradise, a small bow saw will be fine. Any help would be appreciated.
 If you walk down the west side of the trail along the power line (going south) you Will run into the flooded section.I would not recommend trying to cross over the overflow. It is deceptive and can be very deep, almost waist deep in certain parts. Thanks!
Herb

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December 31, 2012

Good Warm Day to all of you.
 
It’s been quite warm across the District this past week. The last two days also brought a lot of rain to all our areas below 800’elevation, and wetter snow higher. Summit Lake area saw the greatest change in %water in our snowpack. Three days ago it was 16% moisture, today it is 26%. Exit Glacier has the highest water content today at 37% and Divide at Mile 12 is at 32%. What this will do when it freezes will make for a rock hard snowpack and slicker trails. Currently off trail travel is difficult, anticipate this to change once our temperatures drop below freezing overnight. Many of our lakes have little snowpack and lots of standing water, those at higher elevations with snowpack are bothering folks with overflow. Ice skating may return after temperatures go below freezing for a couple days if we don’t receive snowfall.
 
Currently Snug Harbor Rd is a good drive, but the snow machine access to Lost Lake is not, need more snow to cover the alders on the first hill climb. Lost Lake trail, though soft and slushy has many icy sections from the start to about a ½ mile beyond the winter jct. Use the “Trail” to the right at the beginning for an easier climb up the first hill, after this there are icy sections but not as difficult to get around as the first 1,000 feet, expect this to get icier when temps go below freezing. Primrose trail is fair. Carter Lake trail is in good condition.
 
 
The websites for grooming information has been slim due to the lack of conditions allowing for grooming, as conditions change keep checking for updates. Skiing on packed trails will be hard and fast until the next snowfall. Resurrection South around mile 5 there is a lot of overflow through the meadows.
 
Alex McLain is teaching another Avalanche class next week, please give him a call at 288-7710 or email him: amclain@fs.fed.us if you are interested in attending.
 
Have a Happy New Year and we’ll talk to you next year!
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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Bear Lake

I have packed a rough trail around the lake but don't expect much of it.   Lots of overflow and slush.   THis won't be groomable until we get a weather change.  The Lake section of the Iditarod has been snowmachine packed and will be more user friendly but neither smooth nor skateable.   



Dan Walker
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Trail River Campground - Wednesday, December 26

Good morning.  The current temperature at Trail River is 26 degrees, skies are partly cloudy and there is no wind.
The road and all loops have been groomed for skate skiing and classic tracks have been set from the gate on through the lower loops.  We received roughly eight inches of wet snow over the past two days and it is cooling off.  Things look and feel like they setting up real nice.  We hope everyone had a nice holiday.  Enjoy!
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Bear Lake - Monday, December 24

We have received almost a foot of snow today at Bear Lake.   The Bear Lake section of Iditarod has been packed with a snow machine as has the Devil's club trail ( heads south to connect with Glacier Creek).    These trails still have rocks, sticks and stumps that can ding your skis, so don't bring your new Christmas skis.   The lake trail is buried and we'll get it rolled as the snow abates.   30 degrees no wind  snowing.   Merry Christmas

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Thursday, December 20 2012

Another beautiful cold day to you.
 
Skiing is the sport at the moment on Seward Ranger District winter used trails. Lots of grooming going on (refer to the Seward/Cooper Landing Nordic websites for updates).
 
The Old Sterling Hwy. has been packed with a drag, thanks to Lou on the Moose Pass side, and Erik on the Cooper Landing side. This 5 mile (when we get more snow it will be a 6 mile ski as the last mile of the Quartz Creek Rd is not maintained in winter) ski is a good one to skate for the more advanced skier, or an easy ski on classics.
 
Other access roads usually not plowed in winter (though occasionally some of these will be plowed):
 
Russian River C.G. Rd, add 1 mile to your trek to reach the Barber Cabin.
Resurrection Pass North, the last mile before the trailhead.
Quartz Creek Rd, the last mile before Crescent Creek trailhead. Though we don’t recommend travel to Crescent Lake via this trail, it is currently a good ski as glaciation and avalanche dangers are minimal.
Resurrection River trail add 5.5 miles to your travels.
Upper Russian Lake trail, add 3 miles.
Bean Creek Trail, add 1.3 miles, however, currently the road is plowed.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail South:  Winter used trails are generally the better option than the summer trail if you are hauling a load for overnight travel, we have two trails that are easier, (See attachment for map) they are:
-West Juneau Rd at mile 53.2 of the Sterling Hwy (100’ west of Resurrection Pass Trailhead). Travel 2.6 miles up West Juneau Rd, then turn left at the winter marker and follow orange markers for 1.7 miles to Resurrection Pass Trail. This will bring you to mile 4.3 of Resurrection Pass trail which is above Juneau Falls before the bridge over Juneau Creek.
-Bean Creek Trail: Mile 47.7 of the Sterling Hwy. turn right onto Bean Creek Rd, travel 1 mile, turn right on Slaughter Ridge Rd. Drive ½ mile to the winter parking area. It is 1.3 miles to the Bean Creek trail. Take Bean Creek trail 1.8 miles to Resurrection Pass Trail, this will bring you to mile 4.6 of Resurrection Pass trail.
If you are traveling on a day trip the loop from Resurrection Pass summer trailhead and out the West Juneau Rd  is a fun ski of a tad less than 9 miles, no need to shuttle a rig
 
Snowmobiling is limited in most areas on Seward Ranger District to the trails. Travel is not recommended to Lost Lake via the Lost Lake T.H., there are exposed rocks, roots, and frozen ground making for a rough ride. Winds have blown away much of the snowfall up high. Primrose trail is ok, though riding off trail is not good due to lack of snow, exposed bushes, and sugar snow that takes you to the bottom. Hard to believe how easy it is to get stuck with so little snow, same goes for Carter Lake and Johnson North. There are trees down on the wagon road to access Johnson North we will remove next week.
 
Travel on Carter Lake trail is good if you’re not pulling a heavy load, the sugary texture of the top 4” of snow on the packed trail makes travel with a trailer difficult, we had quite a yard sell along the way this week.
 
Snug Harbor Road has many sections of glaciation that may make travel with a low clearance rig not possible due to 12”+ deep holes in the ice, and travel pulling a trailer may be challenging depending how the ice/water holes form from day to day.
 
Johnny has re-plowed the ice rinks and paths on Upper Trail Lake for ice skating.
 
Happy Winter Solstice!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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The current temperature at Trail RIver is -4, skies are clear and there is no wind.  I resurfaced the road and all loops with the ginzu.  There are lanes for skating and classic tracks have been set down the road and around the lower loops.  The tracks start just beyond the logging road cutoff.  We'll try to keep the trails fresh on through the weekend and through the holiday season.  Enjoy!
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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Lower Russian Lake Trail (trail to Barber cabin) is set and solid and fast. On Sunday the temperature was mid teens.  The gate is closed at the campground fee kiosk.  There is a track set to the Russian River Falls as well.

Also, the Cooper Landing Ski Cub did a great job of grooming the Russian River campground and loops.
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Friday December 14, 2012

Happy gorgeous weekend coming up to all of you.
 
Many calls asking if we are open to motorized use, Thank you for checking, we appreciate that very much. Sorry, we are not open to motorized use yet.
 
Snow levels are still marginal across the eastern Kenai Peninsula. They do vary from access location to access location. Both the Glacier District Ranger and the Seward District Ranger feel there is a need for additional snowfall to prevent resource damage and spread use across those various access points. So for this weekend National Forest lands on the Kenai will remain closed.
 
The Winter Trail to the Barber Cabin has been packed and is in very good condition, this trail skirts the main avalanche path on the summer trail.
 
In addition to the groomed trails (keep checking those websites I mentioned) the classic skiing on winter used trails is very good. Rock skis are no longer needed, snow is packing well and rocks are covered, with the exception of a few areas closer to Seward (1st ¼ mile of Lost Lake trail, Iditarod near Bear Lake).
 
For those of you looking at venturing on the mountains please continue to check the Chugach NF Avalanche Information Center at:
Cnfaci.org  Sorry my hotspot link is not working on my new computer.
 
Have a Great Weekend!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Thursday December 13 2012

Seward Ranger District received between 4-10” of new snow this week. We will post tomorrow regarding opening of Seward Ranger District Trails to motorized use hopefully on Saturday. We are heading out today to check on a few more areas.
 
Reminder: RESURRECTION PASS/BEAN CREEK/WEST JUNEAU is closed to Motorized this winter season, except for qualified subsistence users.
 
An Avalanche Awareness Class will be offered December 15, 2012 at Providence Seward Mountain Haven Facility starting at 9AM—3PM in Seward (2203 Oak Street, Wesley Commons, at mile 2 of Seward Hwy take a right on Hemlock Ave, left at Y onto Ash Street, left on Oak St.  This class is FREE!  Contact Alex McLain at 288-7710  for additional information.
 
Grooming of Russian River C.G., Trail River C.G., and other local areas has begun, skate skiing in these areas is fantastic!!! In an effort to not repeat postings by others, please book mark these websites for information on grooming in Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, and Seward. Join the Seward Nordic Ski Club and receive up to date information from winter enthusiasts on many areas of Seward Ranger District.
 
Sewardnordicskiclub.org
Cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org

 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Thursday December 13 2012

All loops have been groomed.  Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The current temperature here at Trail River is 29 degrees and skies are broken.  There is no wind.
We received six inches of wet snow today.  The stuff is great and will serve as a good base.  I rolled the campground road, all loops, and the logging road this afternoon.  I hope to groom the road and loops late this evening, so it should ski well tomorrow.  I will post late tonight if I get to it.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bear Lake 3 pm Wednesday,  winds calm 32 degrees

Trail is rolled from public access to the island with a short loop at each end.  Weather permitting I will groom it tomorrow morning.    Currently skateable but soft and uneven..
The bear lake portion of the IDitarod needs more snow before it us pleasurable for skiing.


DW
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Monday December 10, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 22 degrees, skies are clear and there is no wind.
The USFS closed the gate today and I groomed all loops for skate skiing.  It is still too thin for classic tracks to be set.  The surface is quite thin and please be mindful of thin spots with gravel on road edges, especially under overhanging spruce branches.  There is simply not very much snow to work with out here.
Enjoy.
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Friday December 7, 2012

Good Cold, and Clear Morning again. Enjoy these last couple days of snow free ice???
 
After considering ice travel precautions here are a few lakes on Seward Ranger District that currently have fabulous ice for skating: Grant Lake, Crescent Lake, Cooper Lake, and Bear Lake. Though use caution as there are local hazards (in addition to general ice travel) to consider for safe ice travel: Bear Lake has areas of warm springs, there was open water a few days ago in the middle of the first quarter; Cooper Lake intake for power plant, stay clear of area in front; Grant Lake near the islands  keep any eye out for thinner ice; Crescent Lake around the islands and the inlet in front of the Saddle Cabin that has swallowed quite a few snow machines and at least one skier (and these are only the ones we have heard of).
 
Though you can travel right now on all our trails w/o skis or snowshoes, it’s time to have these items with if you’re traveling overnight.
 
Many trails have areas of glaciation. If you’re doing the summer/winter loop at Lost Lake consider going up the summer route to be sure you can get around the large glaciated area, this is 1/3 mile beyond the winter jct. There is no safe way to get around it if you can’t cross, there is steep rock above and below with nothing to hold onto.
 
Motorized use on Seward District (and Forest wide for that matter) are still closed due to lack of snow to prevent resource damage. We will monitor this closely as snow begins to fall this weekend.
 
For more information on Back country travel, avalanches, cabins, please call the following:
 
AVALANCHE: ALEX MCLAIN-288-7710
 
CABINS/BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL:
MIKE FITZPATRICK: 288-7714
PAT O’LEARY: 288-7702 (GIVE PAT A CALL THIS MONTH, HE’S RETIRING DECEMBER 31.
IRENE LINDQUIST: 288-7748
JOHN EAVIS: 288-7701
 
Enjoy the arrival of snow!
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Tuesday, November 27 2012

Good Glorious Moonlit morning to all of you!!!
 
In anticipation of December 1 winter motorized trails/areas of Seward Ranger District will not be opening (unless there’s major snowfall before this date) due to lack of adequate snow cover to prevent resource damage, this includes subsistence users. We will monitor conditions daily when snowfall appears and will open as soon as possible.
 
Skiing on many lakes is good. Skiing on most trails with rock skis at lower elevations is possible.
Ice skating on the cleared paths on Upper Trail Lake is good.
 
Trails traveling over passes have 12-15” of snow. Pulling a pulk is feasible.
 
Hiking our trails in all areas is very good if you wear gaiters or can keep what little snow there is out of your boots.
 
Most of our cabins with wood burning stoves have no wood. With this being a non-motorized winter for Resurrection Pass Trail, except for subsistence users, allow plenty of time to collect firewood.
 
Trail River C.G. gate will be closed December 1.
Russian River C.G. gate will remain open until more snow arrives.
Exit Glacier Road is closed 1.5 miles from the Hwy. Add 5 miles to your trip length if you will be hiking Resurrection River Trail.
 
Slaughter Ridge Rd. (winter access to Resurrection Pass Trail South) is drivable beyond the winter parking area, though use caution as there are logging trucks transporting logs the entire distance of this narrow Rd.
 
Ice on! Now for some interesting, at least for me, ice condition changes:
 
A week ago Summit Lake had 8” of ice under 5” of snow, the previous ten days had 8” of ice under 8” of snow, temps were in the 20’s, low 30’s. Ice thickness did not change for 11 days due to the insulating snow cover and warm temps. When temps changed to around 0-20 degrees F the ice began adding 1/3”/day. Ice thickness on Summit Lake is now 11”.
 
Cooper Lake and Grant Lake are freezing and adding about 1” of ice/day with no snow cover. Cooper Lake has 6” of ice, and Grant Lake has 2”.
 
In the interest of not repeating old news, if you don’t receive an update in the next week, it’s because conditions have not changed much.
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Despite almost no snow in the Seward area, touring is very good on Upper Trail Lake. Three inches of cold dry snow is well bonded to the ice and it makes for a great tour around the lake. Ski edges and pole tips don't slip out. There is a skier-set touring trail around the lake. Ski edges and pole tips don't slip out. Plenty of untracked snow too. Some creek mouths and seeps have a bit of overflow but they can be easily avoided. The snow surface is a bit windblown near the plowed ice skating area but is undamaged the further to the north and east. Cold shadowed winter air drained from the Trail River Valley at the northeast end of the lake which got our attention; probably near zero while everywhere else held near 20 degrees.

Skate skiing appears to be good on the lake too. Ice skating too but with a bit more effort than one would experience on clear ice.

Mark
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Monday, November 17, 2012

The ice skating at Upper Trail is in pretty decent shape still—skated there on Sunday, Nov 18 on some plowed pathways, but you really didn’t have to even stick to the paths.  There was just 2 inches of light, fluffy snow that was not bonded to the ice, so the skates went right through to the ice.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Skate skied Meridian Lake this afternoon. Four inches of light snow is well bonded to solid ice. Temperature in the upper 20s. The trail from the Seward Highway to the Lake isn't covered with enough snow to ski and walking is no problem (though if you wear low top shoes, you might want gaiters). I suspect Grayling Lake and others in the area would be good skiing as well.
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November 15, 2012

Good Snowy Morning, though it appears to be clearing and temperatures are falling.
 
Seward Ranger District winter used trails/areas are slowly receiving snow, but still not enough to ski, except above 1,700’ elevation snow is 12” + in most areas and is packing well.
 
Trail River C.G. road is getting a packed surface from the Dog Musher’s using ATV’s, this is helping to set a firm base. Expect to see ATV Dog Mushing through November 30 in Trail River. Beginning December 1 all should be quiet as motorized vehicles are not allowed in the C.G. after 11/30.
 
Yesterday ice thickness on Lower and Upper Trail Lake was 8”. Grouse Lake has 12” of ice. Tern Lake has 12”.
 
As we get closer to trails being groomed bookmark these two sites for updated information on grooming between Seward and Cooper Landing for skate and classic skiing.
 
http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org
 
http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/
 
Please also begin referring to the CNF Avalanche Information Center web site for Avalanche information.
 
http://www.cnfaic.or
 
And last, but not least:
 
Seward Nordic Ski Club Gear Swap, Ski Waxing and Soup/Chili Feed
Saturday, November 17th ~ 11:00 – 1:00
Seward Elementary Gym
It’s time to clean out your closets and gear sheds to get ready for the SNSC annual gear swap! Bring in your skis, boots, snowboards, hats, mittens, gloves, jackets, snowshoes, skates, sleds, sweaters, snow pants, camping stoves, thermarests, tents, sleeping bags, bikes, strollers, kayak gear, and any other gear you can find that doesn’t get used.
20% of all gear sales benefit SNSC
Dates to note. . .
• Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 at Seward Elementary School Front Entrance
Gear Drop off for smaller items (please bring skis, sleds, and all larger gear in to the Friday night drop).
• Friday, November 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 in the Seward Elementary Gym
Gear Drop off for all items ***large gear - please bring skis, sleds, snowboards, etc. to this drop
• Saturday, November 17th
11:00 to 1:00.
Gear Swap, Community Ski Rentals, chili/soup/bake sale, purchase new ski gear from Barney’s Sport Chalet, and sign up or re-up your SNSC membership to support groomed trails in Seward and Moose Pass.
The Seward High School Ski Team will be waxing skis for a fundraiser; bring your skis to the swap to have them waxed!
1:15 to 2:15.
Gear and money pick up
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Thursday November 8, 2012

Carter/Crescent Lake area currently has 12” of light snow.
10” of ice on Carter Lake.
 
Palmer Creek road gate is currently open.
 
Resurrection/Devil’s Passes currently have 12-15” snow. This is the winter season Resurrection Pass Trail System is closed to motorized use, except for qualified subsistence users. Other areas of Seward Ranger District allowing motorized use opens December 1 if there is adequate snow cover to prevent resource damage.
 
Summit Lake area has 6” of snow. 8” of ice on Summit Lake.
 
Most trails have very slippery icy sections, ice grippers would be a good addition to your winter gear.
 
It’s time to add snowshoes to your equipment if you will be traveling over passes on Seward Ranger District Trails, though snow is only 12” or so, it’s time to be prepared for conditions requiring snowshoes and skis (once a good base is packed).
 
November 10 begins trapping season for furbearers.  Many areas/trails/roads you may travel with your dogs are also used by trappers. If you would like to borrow a DVD presented by the Alaska Trappers Association with information on how to recognize trap lines and release various traps please contact Irene Lindquist.
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Tuesday November 6, 2012

A small skiff of snow fell last night but not enough to ski on. Temperatures have remained below freezing.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Good gorgeous morning to you!
 
Conditions on Seward Ranger District packed trails are very good. When night time temps are at freezing or below the packed trails are cement hard until around noon, then they begin to soften but are still great for travel. Stepping off trail is a different story, off trail travel will require a bit more surface area under you, snowshoes, skies, snow machine.
 
Overflow and melting ice is hampering travel in many locations beginning in early afternoon if temps were below freezing at night. Travel early, stay away from avalanche prone slopes, and don’t take your breaks at the bottom of an avalanche chute, this holds true into early summer as snow, mud, and rock slides continue to sluff.
 
Travel to Lower Russian Lake should now be via the summer route, trail has been packed. Even though travel on the winter trail is still good, there is too much water on the lake in the early afternoon.
 
Seward Ranger District winter trails currently open to motorized close April 30, unless we send out a public service announcement extending this date. We will monitor conditions in all our areas closely as the closure approaches, if we can extend the motorized season in certain locations we will.
 
Here is a reminder for those who may not know the closed areas for motorized in the Summit Lake area:
From Tern Lake as you are heading towards Anchorage, all Federal lands on the left side of the Seward Highway are closed to motorized use to just before the Road Jct. to Hope, and on the right side of the Highway beginning at Tenderfoot Campground to just before the Hope Jct.
 
Have a fabulous weekend!
 
Irene Lindquist
Seward Ranger District
907-288-7748
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Friday, April 13 2012

The trail across the Chandalar from Arctic Village was nice this touring this evening heading into ANWR  toward Cloud Mountain.   25 degrees light breeze.    Well packed caribou and snow go trail.

DW
      

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Friday, April 13 2012

 Spring skiing still excellent on Bear Lake, especially if you can get out before the afternoon softening - that's still pretty good, just slows you down a bit.  Best ski condition are off piste - on untracked, unbroken snow.  There's still plenty of it. It’s a bit of a lumpy start from the public access but take heart - it just gets better and better. Nicest travel is up the south side (along the houses) - things are pretty rough on the west side and overflow starting to show up around the rope swing.  The north end is incredible and a best bet for later in day skiing.  Madelyn
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Tuesday, April 10 2012

Good Glorious Skate Skiing Conditions to all of you who had to wait until this past week for Spring Skating. Though the packed trails are cement hard until around 11-noon, off trail skating on various lakes and open areas is fabulous while it’s rock hard. For skiing on packed trails, wait until they soften a tad, the packed trails are treacherous before noon unless you have skins for your skis.
 
Anticipate another very good weekend on Seward Ranger District Winter Trails, hard to believe even the Lost Lake trail out of Seward is still in very good condition and is currently easier than the bumpy ride of the Primrose trail.
 
Snow River both south and north fork have numerous open water crossings 6-12” deep, skiers need over boots. REMINDER, the NORTH FORK of SNOW RIVER is CLOSED to snow machines, as is Tiehack, Ava, and Alice. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding the closed areas.
 
Thanks,
 
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Monday April 9, 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 32 and skies continue to be partly cloudy.  I got the wild hair and groomed all the loops.  It should skate really nice in the A.M.
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Monday April 9, 2012

Bear lake: it's pretty much the best skiing of the year out there right now - just got done chasing the sun across the middle of the lake .  . . The sun is gone now, but the skiing still rocks!  Get on out there!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

conditions changed Sunday and we now have our hard pack spring conditions . With temps having dropped into the twenties at night we currently have cement hard surfaces, packed trails begin to soften around 1 PM. Off trail travel is rock hard as well with the crust breakable early afternoon. Late afternoon sun affected slopes, snow bridges, frozen bodies of water from here on out need to be given extra attention when traveling. Early morning skiing is a challenge on packed trails, though skate skiing off trail is fabulous.
 
Resurrection South Trail out West Juneau Road (9 mile loop, begin and end at highway pullout for Resurrection South) is a great ski, no moose holes. Old Sterling Hwy has lots of moose holes, not a good ski.
 
Motorized winter use on Seward Ranger District trails/areas are currently open through April 30, and it appears most will make it to this date w/o having an early closure.
 
Irene
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Sunday, April 1 2012

The temperature at Trail River is currently 32 and skies are clear.  The lower loops have been groomed this evening for skate skiing.  The two remaining upper loops are currently occupied by the cow and calf combo so I decided to give them some space.  Enjoy!

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I was out hiking at Tonsina Creek towards Caines head and noticed that
a new bridge was almost completed, across the long since distroyed
bridge from the floods of 2006. Should be a nice addition to those
exploring the area . Sorry no pictures you will have to hike out and
take a look for your selfs some time.
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Thursday March 29, 2012

Good Hot Sunny Day to you!
 
Seward Ranger District winter used TRAILS are in good condition despite the above freezing temps round the clock the last couple days. The lakes, creeks, sun affected slopes late in the day, and off trail travel will pose a bit more of a concern as warm weather continues in our area through the next couple days, and travel in these areas should be looked at carefully. Time to add the warmer wax/Teflon to your packs for spring conditions.
 
Travel across Resurrection Pass trail is good and passable the entire distance to snow machines.
 
Travel to Lower Russian Lake/Barber cabin via the winter route should hold up for another weekend. Next week we’ll look at packing the summer trail.
 
Still lots of skiing to be had, though this week even the packed/groomed trails are a bit slower due to the warm temps, enjoy the workout!
 
Please continue to call us with your questions, observations, concerns, etcetera, we enjoy hearing from you.
 
Avalanche Information: Alex McLain 288-7710
Cabin information: Pat Cook 288-7711
Trails/Cabin Information/ Conditions: Mike Fitzpatrick 288-7714; Pat O’Leary 288-7702; Irene Lindquist 288-7748
 
To add someone, or to be removed from these mailings please respond to these updates.
 
Thank you,
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 



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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bear Lake has been groomed for both skate and classic.  Light winds & blue skies.  Enjoy!
Cathy
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Sunday, March 25, 2012


Went up to mile 12 this mornin'!  It was freshly groomed (thank you Herb!), speedy, and fun!  Hope you can make it out to enjoy these spectacular March conditions!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 14 and skies are clear.  All loops have been widened and resurfaced.
It has been warming up above freezing out here after 2 p.m.,  so if you are after crispy and fast conditions, I'd get after it in the a.m.  Skate on.
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Saturday, March 24 2012

Terry groomed on Exit Glacier Rd tonight out to the 2nd bridge! Hopefully we have some more sunshine tomorrow!! Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 24 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 29 degrees and we have only received a dusting of snow in the last 24 hours.
On Thursday I had the pleasure of touring through the burn and out toward the base of the saddle.  The snow is set up right now to support a skier's weight and there is also a thin glaze of light powder on top to afford stability and control when turning.  All drainages were easily negotiated.  When traveling, please watch your proximity to south facing slopes that are likely to sluff and slide as the day progresses.  There are plenty of run outs as you progress toward the saddle so please be aware and travel accordingly, taking into consideration time of day and your group's proximity to the slope.  There is plenty of navigable area out there to simply stay away from the toes of the slopes.    You can pretty much go anywhere out there right now, with the snow depth elevating you above all the downed trees.
The trail starts at the logging road landing (a ski track that trails off up and toward the burn.)  It took us a little under 4 hours out and about two hours back toward the campground on the lake.  There is a little bushwhacking to do to exit the burn and get on Kenai Lake.
I plan to groom the campground this evening so skating should be good Sunday.  I'll post when that is completed.
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Bear lake in great shape - Tom groomed yesterday at noon and I think again last night.  Winds are brisk but sunshine is great, Madelyn
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Divide: Wednesday morning I groomed all loops, all trails are in great shape for classic or skate. Enjoy
herb
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jen and I skied from Tie Hacker to Nash Road today on the Iditarod Trail. . .   It was fantastic - super fast and fun - with a couple of breaks took about 2.5 hours to ski through. 

The skiing is phenomenal - great sunshine and snow!

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 19 degrees, no wind and about 70% high cloud cover.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing this morning.
We only received roughly four inches of snow from the latest storm and that shrank to about two inches from sun effect.
Also, travel(touring setup or snow machine) on Kenai Lake is excellent right now all the way over to Cooper Landing.  Just be advised that if you plan to travel one way across and run a shuttle that the dominate winds are out of the west in the afternoon.  So traveling west to east would be a bit more efficient.
Enjoy!
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Friday, March 16, 2012

After the big snow we finally have the trail packed once more.  The lake tracks are soft until Saturday.   Classic track set  light wind.   3:30 pm .

The loop around the lake  has been packed and groomed; there is also a classic track set.  It’s a bit soft yet and will need a little time to set up.  Beautiful sun, warm temps today - think about bringing along some Maxi Glide.  Madelyn

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Andy and i went around all loops with the rollers and packed the trails, all loops are in good shape. I'll go over everything with the groomer later tonight or early in the morning.  parking area was plowed.
herb

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Thursday March 15, 2012

Hey all! Terry just groomed Exit Glacier Rd out to the Chugach Forest Service sign. He said he almost got stuck doing that with all the snow, otherwise he would have gone further. Hopefully it sets up nice tonight!! We'll try to be better about posting when he grooms the road, we just didn't know how to post it!
 
 
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Saturday, March 10 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 6 degrees, skies are clear, and the sun is just coming up over the mountains.  In a few hours we anticipate the temperatures should increase into the low 30's.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Touring continues to be excellent up to and in the burn.
Enjoy!

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Friday March 9 2012

It’s been quite a winter for snow, wind, and cold temps, and we still have several weeks of winter to go. Currently Seward Ranger District Winter Trails/Areas are in good condition for a variety of activities.
 
With the snowfall from last week and the continued well below freezing temps at night, conditions are good far and wide on Seward Ranger District Winter Trails/Areas. Trails that have been packed are soft, no hard pack this weekend.
 
Primrose Trail is very bumpy for the first 4 miles. Travel on Lost Lake trail remains unbelievably good.
 
Classic skiing is still the mode of travel in most locations for those who like to ski. Five+ feet of packed snow at 500’ elevation.
 
Skate skiing is limited to groomed trails at Divide, Russian River C.G., Trail River C.G., and Exit Glacier Road.
 
From your local Ski Club in Cooper Landing check out their event:
Saturday March 10th 2PM
Fun in the Snow Day
Russian River Ski Trails
Bring your family, friends, dogs, ski, sleds, snowshoes or just your “feet” to Russian River Campground for a Community Club sponsored fun day
No Official Races-NO POTLUCK
Bring whatever you want to eat or drink and be sure to bring your wallets as the “limited edition” Cooper Landing ski pins will be on sale for $20.00. They are going fast. To reserve yours now contact, Sandra or Ed Holsten
At 5:00PM Sacketts is offering a special menu and anyone wearing a Cooper Landing ski pin will get the first beer or wine FREE!
 
Have a Great Spring Break!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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Monday, March 5, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 3 degrees and skies are clear.  The lower (lake) loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Touring is great up the logging road and into the burn.
Enjoy!

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Saturday March 3, 2012

Tom looped the lake w/ the roller last night.  It was pretty soft, but may have set up a bit overnight.  If nothing else it will @ least make for a nice tour.  Slight breeze, and looks like it should be a good day :)
Cathy


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Friday March 2, 2012

The divide was groomed this AM with the ginzu so it is flat and wide enough for skate skiing. All loops are groomed. Dry powder conditions so it might be soft. Enjoy
herb

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Thursday March 1 2012

I just toured up into the Kenai Lake burn from the top of the logging road landing.  At the landing, continue up hill and back towards the lake.   It is a nice, moderate grade up the old cat road with about eight inches of light, dry powder on top for good traction and glide.  The road bed is wide and all the stumps and alders have been covered.  Great conditions and a great ski.  Enjoy!


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Monday February 27 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 29 and skies are clearing out at this time.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  We only received about three to four inches of snow out this way from this past low.  It should skate really nice.
Enjoy!
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Monday February 27 2012

All the loops have been rolled and packed (there is a bunch of new snow up there!). The best we can do at this time is to roughly pack it with a narrow lane for classic. We will have to wait for the snow to settle to get traction for pulling the ginzu up the trail. We will continue to pack it down and hopefully, Wednesday or Thursday it should be back in shape for skate skiing. The parking area has been plowed, with two lanes open.
herb

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Monday February 27 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 30 degrees and snow is currently falling.  All loops, with the exception of Spruce Loop have been rolled.  Enjoy!

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Travel into Upper Russian Lake cabin via Cooper Lake is currently possible, trail is packed and in good condition.
 
Travel via all access points to Lost Lake remain good. Travel to Carter/Crescent Lake is good.
 
Travel across Resurrection Pass trail is good, minus a 5 mile section on the north end between mile 13-17 via snowmobile. Skiers have been able to get through.
 
Old Sterling Hwy between Tern Lk and the end of plowed road on Quartz Creek is packed, though the trail is covered with moose tracks, deep hole, difficult for dogs. The entrance parking lot is not being plowed at Tern Lk. Park at the large turnout close to the jct. of Seward Hwy.
 
Trail to Barber Cabin is also full of deep holes from Moose, while skiing is possible it’s a bit difficult.
 
Speaking of tracks on packed trails, if you venture on a groomed trail (Russian River C.G., Trail River C.G., Mile 12, Bear Lk, Exit Glacier Rd) with snowshoes, or walking, please stay to one side so as to not leave tracks in the middle of the trail. Moose with calf is a regular fixture at Trail River C.G. be careful, especially if you are traveling with dogs.
 
If you dare to venture on Kenai Lake, skate skiing is good from Lawing towards Cooper Landing.
 
Have a Wonderful weekend in our snowy landscape.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hey everyone,

Tonight I went for a ski on Bear lake and the first loop was a bit
choppy  but still fun... but then A friendly soul on a snow machine
groomed the whole loop including the access trail through the
woods ... conditions are perfect for a Skate sking right now ... Get
out there and enjoy it while it lasts!
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Tuesday February 21, 2012

All the loops are groomed for skate skiing, the meadow has also groomed out nicely with both north and south entrance and exits widened. Conditions are great,  come out and enjoy.
herb

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bear lake: Saturday Noon:  32 degrees no wind.   The loop around the trail is rolled and smooth but too soft for good skating (maybe tomorrow).  The trail through the woods is nice as well.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The temperature is currently 26 and skies are clear with clouds moving in from the south.  All loops and the logging road have been resurfaced for skate skiing.
Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 16 2012

Many phone calls from folks concerned with venturing out after reading the Chugach NF Avalanche updates. Awesome, thanks for checking on conditions. But also have had folks needlessly cancel trips to cabins on Seward Ranger District winter used trails in areas safe from avalanches. For more detailed information please call the following people in the categories listed:
 
Avalanche specific information on Seward Ranger District, primarily for Summit Lake area:  ALEX MCLAIN: 288-7710
 
Cabins:  PAT COOK: 288-7711
 
Winter used trails/area/cabins: MIKE FITZPATRICK: 288-7714; PAT O’LEARY; 288-7702; IRENE LINDQUIST, 288-7748;
JOHN EAVIS, 288-7701.
 
Snowpack has settled with the warm temps this past week, freezing at night will help make travel a little easier, though, off trail travel by snowmobile is still a chore. More areas of overflow beneath snow to watch out for, and ice/snow bridges that have collapsed making travel up creek and river bottoms a bit more difficult and challenging.
 
So where’s the good news? Travel with classic skis or snowshoes through the woods is very good due to the ever increasing snowpack. Lots of good exploring, especially when you can’t find the trail because of all the snow.
 
Exit Glacier Road to the Glacier is packed and in great condition, possible to skate ski, though grooves make it more challenging. Check out Seward Nordic Ski Club and Cooper Landing Grooming Report websites for latest groomed trails.
 
Safe and Happy Travels.
 
If you would like to add someone, or be removed from this mailing please reply to these updates, Thanks.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Thursday, February 16 2012

All the loops at the divide including the meadow are now open, skate or classic skiing should be good. Dan's drop and the south entrance to the meadow are a little narrow but once you get down you should have a great ski.  Enjoy
Herb

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Thursday, February 16 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 26 and skies are currently clear.  All loops and the logging road have been groomed for skate skiing.  This last batch of snow laid down really nice and a lot of the moisture was chased out by the cooler temps this evening.
Also, off trail touring is great right now.  The snow's surface is firm enough to support a skier's weight and a great deal of the downed trees are completely covered.  You can go anywhere right now with ease.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday noon:  32 degrees calm winds  snow falling.   The lake is to soft for anything but touring or snowshoes.  The lakeside trail through the woods is firmer and groomed for skating -- lots of holes from moose on the trail.   

Dan


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Monday, February 13, 2012

The temperature at Trail RIver is 33.3 and moderate, wet snow is falling.  I groomed all loops and the logging road this afternoon for skate skiing.  Skating was so-so.  It was a bit grippy and my poles sunk through when planting them.  But it was fun nonetheless.
I also attempted to skate ski from the Kenai Lake work center out to Black Mountain on the lake today and encountered about 2 inches of slush just beneath the lake surface.  I will try to post when lake surface conditions are better set up for travel.
Enjoy!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The parking area has not been plowed,  it is not passable at this time. I'll check later today and give an update.

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Thursday, February, 9 2012

Recent rain and warm temps have created spring-like break-up conditions at lower elevations of the Seward District. Side roads are a combination of slush and slick ice. Snow travel is mushy except on well-packed trails. But look for a much more solid base to form as temps drop below freezing again.
 
Parking is very limited at Resurrection Pass north out of Hope and the Bean Creek access to Resurrection Pass south out of Cooper Landing. Plows have run out of places to put the snow.
 
Have lots of patience with the propane stove at Clemens Cabin. It's been taking extra long for it to fire up but hopefully we can get this problem remedied.
 
The trail to Meridian Lake was opened up recently. Many live hemlocks had come down in this area from heavy ice and wind storms. This is a good snowshoe with ice fishing opportunities. Watch for overflow on all lakes at this time.
 
Well, it's been a pleasure working with/serving you all but it's time for me to move on down the trail. I will miss this amazing place and will leave with many fond memories of all the great times spent working out on these trails. If ya'll are ever in Appalachia look me up at Mt. Rogers NRA in Virginia.
 
Stephen Hmurciak, Trails
Seward Ranger District
Chugach National Forest
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 26 degrees and skies are clear.  All loops and the logging road have been groomed for skate skiing.
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Monday February 6, 2012

Warm and wet Monday am.   
The lake trail will be a bit soft.   If you lost your snowshoes along the lake call me and identify -- 224-3848,  Dan

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 37 degrees and skies are broken with light touches of rain.  All loops have been rolled and the lower (lake) loops have an eight foot wide skate lane.  I just got back in state and need to make a fuel run so that is about all I can do until mid-week.  Expect spring surface conditions.  Fast, fast, fast.
Enjoy!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

I was out skiing on the exit glacier road on some soft fresh snow tonight at dusk and a snow-machine with a grooming roller on the back zoomed by , so it is safe to say at least some of the road is groomed. 
Thanks to the Groomer on the sled too.

Erik 
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Andy Wilder groomed the divide tonight and said all loops except the meadow are groomed,  should be good for tomorrow ... Enjoy
Herb

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Friday, February 3, 2012

I packed the trail around the lake with just a snow machine and sled.  This should make for nice touring.  Watch for moose and overflow.  This is a  good time of year for night touring.  
20 degrees no wind at 5:00 pm Friday.  Two moose along the south shore and the woods trail.   

Enjoy.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hello-
 
Hope this email posts properly and everyone gets updated.  The website was acting strangely.....
 
Anyway, just to let you know the campground skiing is just glorious!!  We spent a couple of hours there today and it was just amazing!  Sunny azure blue skies, no wind and a balmy 20 degrees.  We felt so very fortunate to be able to enjoy this little piece of heaven right in our own background!
 
And a most hearty "Thank You" to Jason our campground groomer extraordinaire.
Thank you SO much for all you do and know how much you are appreciated!!
 
Shelli & Randy
 
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Monday, January 30, 2012

It’s a balmy 20 degrees at Bear Lake  -- trail around the lake is very skatable with drifting in the usual spots.  The west side (across from houses) is excellent.  Island headed south is where most drifting has occurred.  NW wind is about 10-15 - not bad and feels great after the past couple weeks. 
Dan skiied Iditarod SUnday and it was excellent!
Enjoy the warm break!  madelyn
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Friday, January 27, 2012

 The temperature at Trail River is  -9, skies are clear.  We have received another few inches of fine snow today.  All loops and the logging road have been rolled.  Skate skiing is possible, but given the temperatures and the nature of the snow I would recommend nordic skiing.
 Today I had the pleasure of touring the Old Sterling from Tern Lake all the way through to Quartz subdivision.  The trail is excellent thanks to the efforts of a Cooper Landing groomer by the name of Eric.  The trail is firm, fast and relatively free of overhanging trees.  We were able to ski from Tern to Quartz in less than 2 hours.  The best parking options are either at the Tern Lake observation area by the wye or drive out Quartz Creek Road until it dead ends at the trail.
Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Good Blustery Day to all of you.
 
A few folks have asked why no updates the past 2 weeks. When there is nothing much to note other than the obvious, we tend to not send an update.
 
This past week areas of Seward Ranger District received 6-14” of new snow. Winter used trails that were already packed are quite nice, however, all modes of travel off trail are currently more difficult.
 
The winter trail to Lower Russian Lake and Barber cabin is packed and in great condition.
 
The Old Sterling Hwy is in fabulous condition for classic skiing.
 
With the overabundance of snow, Classic skiing is currently a good mode of travel, many of our creeks and rivers are in good condition, and travel through the woods is possible in most areas by ski and snowshoe.
 
Kenai Lake in front of the USFS Work Center has 14” of ice under 10” of snow, this area has been frozen for 3 weeks now. A pressure ridge to the west originating from the Power plant opened a 15’ wide lead extending north four days ago.
 
Travel to Nellie Juan Lake via snowmobile is now possible, though there are the usual open water crossings, travel is good.
 
In an effort to not repeat others reports, particularly for skate skiing, please continue to check in with the Cooper Landing and Seward Nordic Ski Club websites for current information.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Good morning.  The temperature at Trail River is 8 degrees.  We received roughly 8 more inches of snow out here yesterday.  The lower lake loops have been rolled.  I should get to the rest this evening.
Enjoy.
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The trail around Bear Lake won't be packed until this weekend - equipment has been moved to the High school to prepare trails for the upcoming Middle School Ski Meet on Friday.There are plenty of snowmachine trails to follow from the public access for some fun touring - apart from that you're in to your knees.  The lakeside trail is packed enough for nice touring and can follow the trail to the island and a bit beyond on snowmachine trail if you like.  The alternate route to Iditarod/Little Bear from the lakeside trail has been marked with yellow tape - nice touring but not so good for your canine buddies since the moose has been using it to.  Today its about 10 degrees, winds about 15 (quiet on the lakeside trail)
Volunteers still welcome for MS meet - these events are really fun and the kids are a blast - to volunteer call 224-9000 - it will be a great way to get familiar with the school trails which we haven't been able to do the last few years!  Madelyn
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Divide was groomed this morning and is in great shape.  It may still be a bit soft for skate.  Watch out for moose, one was resting on the Sitzmark trail early today.

Thank you groomer Andy Wilder!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The field and trails at the high school have been rolled this morning.  22 degrees no wind, one moose.  
 This will be the site of the middle school ski race this friday at 3pm.   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  call 224-9000. for more on that.  

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Divide and Exit Glacier Road were both rolled Monday, I imagine conditions are still quite soft at both locations.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Iditarod from Nash was great today for classic skiing!  Parking lot was plowed out, what great snow and temps!

Ski on!
Jenn
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

WInd is down - temperature is up - about 15 degrees at 1:00 pm.  Bear lake is NOT groomed with the last snow fall but 6 inches of champagne powder and little wind make for great touring on the trail around the lake.  Use the west side (shore across from houses) and you can easily find the trail.  West side is doable but a foot or more in places from the wind and hard to find the trail.  Trail along the lake at the end of Bear Lake Road is nice too and a lot less snow.  As of 1:30 - road not plowed and very skiable - you can use this route to ski clear around lake to island, up the lakeside trail and back to your car by road.  Watch for moose........madelyn

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Saturday January 21, 2012

Exit Glacier Road is skate ski-able to the big bridge over Resurrection Rv - 6.5 miles out. It's not perfectly groomed as of late and dog pooh is abundant. If you're looking for a long ski place, try it out.

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Friday, January 20 2012

Morning - Tom has set tracks on Bear Lake.  This morning - temperatures around zero - winds are up.  To stay out of the wind, take the trail alongside the lake at the end of Bear Lake road and come back down the lake with the wind at your back.  Don't forget to wax at these temperatures or the snow will feel like sandpaper.  madelyn

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Thrsday January 19, 2012

Thursday afternoon, zero  for temp - light winds - maybe 10.   Tom Gillespie has provided a groomed loop around the lake - great skate or classic. I was on backcountry skis and could skate so its nice!!! He's been fighting hard all week in the teeth of the gale to keep the trail - salute as you go by.  lakeside trail has also been dragged and pretty nice.  Feel free to cut low branches and help out groomers.  Madelyn
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The temperature at Trail River is -5, skies are clear and there is no wind.  All loops as well as the logging road have been planed with the drag.
Bundle up and enjoy!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

The current temperature at Trail River is 12 degrees and light snow is falling.  All loops have been rolled as well as the logging road.  I plan to drag everything tomorrow night so there should be a nice, planed surface to skate on by Saturday morning.  We've kinda put the skate skis aside given the huge snowfalls as of late and have been touring around in the timber.  You can go anywhere right now.
Enjoy!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Wanna snowshoe through absolute heavenly powder?  Try the Troop Lake Area (just north of Mile 12).  Safest to park southbound (up hill grade) then follow the trail we set through the trees, past the weather station and beyond.  Absolutely fantastic.... good workout too!
Marc Swanson
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Monday, January 9, 2012

As of yesterday, Bear Lake had tons of overflow covered w/ tons of powder.  So sadly can't be groomed until it settles up a bit.  No wind, full moon :)
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Friday January 6, 2012

The temperature at Trail River is 16 degrees and at this time there is light snow falling.  All loops have been rolled.
Enjoy.
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Friday January 6, 2012

Exit Glacier Road WAS groomed this evening but, sadly, a red Toyota Tacoma with a topper drove through the gates and tore up the trail for quite a distance.  If you know these knuckleheads, please give them a knuckle sandwich.
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Thursday January 5, 2012

Good Snowy Day to You!
 
This morning Seward Ranger District received 7-14" of snow in 5 short hours.
 
All access points to Lost Lake remain in good condition, though deeper snow from Snug Harbor will once again make the climb to the top a challenge.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail from Hope is now passable by snowmachine to Fox Creek. Skiers can get around the next grouping of trees, but a snowmachine cannot. We anticipate getting the rest of these trees cut out next week.
 
Resurrection Pass Trail South via West Juneau Rd, or Bean Cr Trail is currently in good condition through Resurrection Pass.  Don't use Resurrection Pass Trail South if you are traveling with a snowmobile or a ski pulk, though, as of yesterday we removed fallen trees from across the trail, there are steep side hills that are difficult to travel.  Instead use West Juneau Rd (100' to the West of the Trailhead at mile 52.8 Sterling Hwy), or Bean Creek Trail (Bean Cr Rd to Slaughter Ridge Rd). The 9 mile loop is currently a good ski, ski up the trail, and come down the West Juneau Rd.
 
Russian River via the groomed road at Russian River C.G. has an active trap line. A friends dog was caught in a snare last weekend near the Grayling Lake access from the river. By themselves, most critters are not able to get out of traps.
 
Upper Russian Lake Trail still has down trees which may impede travel by snowmobile beyond mile 5.
 
Johnson South via Upper Trail Lake is currently clear of obstructions. You notice I say "currently" a lot, that's because conditions can change in a matter of hours. This is the winter for down and over hanging trees across many of our trails.
 
Travel to Grant Lake should be via the Portage Trail which is a mile south of the Railroad trestle. There are several down trees on the Grant Lake Mine Rd beginning at mile 2 to Grant Lake. There is an active trap line on the Grant Lake Mine Rd.
Grant Lake currently has 8-10" of water under the snow, on top of the ice. Overflow is a constant concern when traveling over any frozen bodies of water.
 
Open water on Kenai Lake froze (minus a 2 mile section at Quartz Cr) began to freeze Sunday night. The open area in front of the Kenai Lake Work Center froze last night. Though anticipate slow ice growth with the 12" of snow we received this morning.
 
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Friday, December 30, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is -2 and skies are clear.
I would have never thought that I'd be chasing atv ruts this winter, what with all the snow and the fact that there is a forest order barring the use of atv's in Trail River campground.  But what's a guy to do?  After four hours of work all loops and the logging road are groomed wide for skate skiing and maybe the appearance of an elusive dog sled or two.  Enjoy the last day of 2011 and we wish you all great skiing in 2012.
Jason Aigeldinger
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bear Lake Tuesday 1:30 pm.     The lake perimeter is rolled and ready for for skiing.  Expect some icey and rough spots but definitely skate ski doable.   Part of the track has diagonal set as well.   17 degrees winds calm. Falling snow 

Watch for moose! three in the area one current hanging out near the public access -- not a good place for loose dogs. 

Dan
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Sunday, December 25 2011

Hello All and Merry Christmas, both trails are groomed and the parking area lower meadow are also shaping up, much flatter and should be a good ski. Madeline's Meadow is still off piste. enjoy
Herb

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Sunday, December 25 2011

Merry Christmas All!

The south end of Bear Lake has been groomed for classic and skate.  Light winds but good conditions.  Enjoy!


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Friday December 23, 2011

Paradise has been groomed for skate skiing, Luna is packed and tree removed.  Madelyn's meadow is available for off piste touring and snowshoeing.   all intime for a holiday ski.   


Ski happy


Dan

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Friday December 23, 2011

Good morning.  The current temp is 19 degrees and we are under cloudy skies.  All loops have been groomed and the logging road as well.  The cow and calf are still around so please be aware.
Enjoy!

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Thursday December 22, 2011

Divide trail:   Paradise loop rolled this morning (Thursday) lots of new snow makes this still a little soft but definitely skiable.   Luna loop got one pass with the roller so this will work for you classic skiers; there is a tree down on this loop waiting to be removed.  

Bear Lake:  Diagonal track set and a rough pack on a wider trail from the public access along the south shore an through the woods back to the road.   Watch for moose and overflow.


Dan
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 25 degrees and at this time light snow is falling.  All loops have been milled with the drag.  It should skate fine, even with the presence of the forecasted snow.
But be forewarned, I encountered a cow and calf moose in the River Terrace loop this evening.  Please be careful.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

The car parking area at the divide was plowed so you may now access the trails.  We are beginning to work on only the lower section of the trails at this time (parking area and swamp section) .   We will be working on leveling the lower swamp area and the parking areas over the next few days.  I have not had time to get to the loops yet. I did do one pass with the machine this morning so there is a narrow packed trail you can classic on but the whole area is very rough and nothing is really groomed yet.  Also, there is a tree that is ready to fall at the top of Paradise it is hanging over the trail so be careful. We will try to cut it out tomorrow. The groomers will keep working on it and hopefully have all the trails up and running soon.
herb

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday afternoon.   South end of Bear Lake now has a daigonal tracks as does the Iditarod Cutoff.   33 degrees and rain and snow mix.   

Dan 
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Friday, December 16, 2011

I just got back from mile 12 and it was awesome!  It's about 32° up there right now and the snow is fluffy and fun, great for classic skiing. . .  It's sticky in some spots so glide wax definitely helps!  Yeah for snow during winter break!

Jenn
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Friday, December 16, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 30 degrees and winds are calm.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Tuesday, Cecember 13, 2011

Don't forget, just because there's not much snow left Seward, doesn't mean there is not any snow 12 miles out of town!  Mile 12 was awesome tonight!  I classic skied and it was fast and fun, 30 degrees, beautiful evening - Thank you for coming down from Crown point to groom Jason!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 26 and skies are clear.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.
The Luna and Paradise loops at mile 12 have been packed and hit with the drag this evening.
Enjoy the skiing and the season.

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Friday December 9, 2011

Exit Glacier has been groomed and skiing is excellent right now.
 
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Friday December 9, 2011

Skate skiing was good at Divide at mile 12 tonight. There is about an inch of new snow over hard pack and some bumps. Probably easier to ski in the daylight.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2011

Where is the new snow? Not on the Seward Ranger District! Let's hope this update quickly gets outdated because at the moment SRD winter used trails/areas are rock hard with lots of ruts.
 
Across the District last night we received 1-2" new snow. This is enough to carefully ski on if you aren't too robust with your strides.
 
Bear Lake has 13" of ice and is a good ski to the end of the lake, though remember to educate yourself as to where outlets, inlets, springs, currents, etc. are located on any body of water you choose to travel.
 
The top hard surface on the groomed trails at Divide, Russian River and Trail River C.G.'s has been churned a little by the volunteers who work so hard to provide a skiing opportunity even in the bleakest of conditions. Skate skiing is fair to good in these areas.
 
Snug Harbor Road has improved greatly from being solid ice to a drivable surface (50/50, ice and gravel) to our winter parking lot at mile 9.
 
Lost Lake Trail is not recommended for travel by snowmobile w/o a studded track. The infamous icy chutes have returned.
 
Lower Russian Lake ice is 14" thick, surface is rough, ice cleats for travel on the lake are recommended if you take the winter route to the Barber Cabin. One avalanche did release this past weekend depositing snow 15'w x 5' deep on the summer trai before the cabin. A caller this week asked a good question after I gave him trail/lake conditions for this area, "what trail would you take?" he asks. Hmmm, until we receive 3+ inches of new snow, I would take the summer trail if avalanche conditions are at moderate or less.
 
Wishing you a wonderful outing in these marginal conditions.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Wednesday, November 7, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 34 degrees.  The trail is icy and the overflow issue has returned at the bottom of the logging road.  I would hold off until conditions improve.
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Divide (mile 12) was just groomed. Corduroy trails with a very slight drizzle. The Family Fun Ski was a blast with Christmas Eggs for all, a beautiful new snowman at the parking lots and kid power. 
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Saturday, Decmber 3, 2011

Current Advisory (Summit Lake Area)
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
Created: Dec 3rd 6:16 am
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Good morning backcountry travelers, this is Alex McLain with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center on Saturday December 3rd at 7 am. AVALANCHE DISCUSSION Avalanche danger today is HIGH, Human triggered avalanches are VERY LIKELY and natural avalanches are LIKELY. Widespread avalanche activity today! Avoid all avalanche terrain and run out zones. On Friday, I observed shooting cracks up to 3 feet long and "whumphing" on low angle slopes where a slab had formed in an open area. This slab was 6" thick on top of facets (sugar snow) and is now buried by several feet of new snow. A thin slab is a problem since it can be easily triggered. Additional snow/rain and wind today will tip the scale and we should see avalanche activity increase across the Seward District. At 5am it had already started to rain/snow south of Moose Pass. Conditions will deteriorate today with steady to heavy snow/rain by afternoon and winds are 10-20MPH increasing to 35MPH. All of the parts are in place for avalanches. We have a slab on top of facets being weighted by increased moderate to heavy snow/rain and high winds, a weak layer that is reactive to people and just needs a little more weight to trigger natural avalanches. Chance of precipitation today and Sunday 100% in all areas. Stay out of avalanche terrain this weekend so you don't end up being buried by an avalanche!
 
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Saturday, Decmber 3, 2011

The temperature is 23 degrees and skies are cloudy at Trail River.  All loops have been packed and groomed for skate skiing.
I packed the Old Sterling from Tern Lake through to Quartz Creek this afternoon/evening.  Be aware that there is trapping going on off the Old Sterling.  There are small snares and box traps about 60 to 80 yards off the main trail from Dave's Creek south toward Quartz.  With a harnessed dog, I think it would be a great tour out there.
Enjoy!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good morning, We are opening Lost Lake and Primrose trails to motorized use today.
 
Enjoy,
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good morning.  The temperature at Trail River is 26 degrees and rising (had a low of 20) and skies are clear with clouds building toward the south.  I rolled the campground yesterday afternoon and it set up real nice over night.  The surface is nice and crispy but the trails are plagued with annoying skeg marks from the sled.  The increased temperature and rain yesterday afternoon turned the whole surface into mashed potatoes so I got out of there.  It skated really well this morning, just watch the skeg marks.  As the temperature comes up with the approach of the next low the surface quality should decrease.  My advice would be to hit sooner than later.  As of today, December 1, the campground is closed to ATVs.
Enjoy!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rain, slush, standing water.  Should've just skied in the swimming pool.  High School Ski Team preservered however by practicing some classic-style water skiing.  Some falls earned style points and soaked clothes.

Marc Swanson
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tomorrow, December 1 the Seward Ranger District motorized trails (EXCEPT for LOST LAKE AND PRIMROSE) will open for snowmobile use. Lost Lake can be accessed via the Snug Harbor Road route.  We will evaluate Lost Lake and Primrose on a daily basis for snow conditions (lots of interesting weather happening as I write) and will post on the CNF website and send a msg. as soon as we open these 2 areas.
 
Across the District we received 3-7" of heavy wet snow through early this morning.
 
For information on groomed trails/roads please get the latest updates from these websites:
 
http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/
 
http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html
 
And for avalanche information: http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php
 
Members of the Seward Nordic Ski Club receive up to date reports from other club members on a wide variety of winter activities and conditions on the Seward Ranger District.
 
For those of you that are familiar with Grant Lake, take a guess on how thick the ice was yesterday.
 
Reports have come in of someone trapping at various trailheads/parking areas directly off the road system, please be careful with your dogs. Anticipate more trap lines beginning tomorrow as snow machines provide easier access to the backcountry.
 
Meridian Lake has 6" ice.
 
Grant Lake Mine Trail and Grant Lake Portage trail have been cleared of fallen trees. Yesterday afternoon we drilled several holes on Grant Lake, never venturing further than 20' from shore because ice thickness was 4" and less.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Monday, November 28, 2911


Beautiful starry night ski tonight out at mile 12!  The conditions were fantastic -  thank you groomers!  
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Exit Glacier Road was groomed to the overlook last night.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

The iditarod trail from Glacier creek south to Sawmill Creek is great snow-machine packed touring trail.  Glacier Creek has lots of snow but still rocks and gravel being hit below the surface; ski this area with caution. 

Dan
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Good Morning!  The temperature at Trail River 7 degrees and winds are calm.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Enjoy!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I took some time today and rolled out the Old Sterling from Tern to Quartz Creek.  It is still a little thin in just a few areas and the overflow issues are passable. it would be a doable nordic ski.  The only rough area is dropping into Dave's Creek from the Tern side.  There are some big ruts in the roadbed and a bit of overflow.  If and when we get more snow I'll be at it again out there.  Enjoy the holiday!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The temperature is -1 here at Trail River.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Enjoy the holiday!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Last Wednesdays wind brought trees down across some winter used trails. If you come across trees that are a hindrance to your travel please call us with details.
 
Ice skating is reported to be good on Upper Trail and Bear Lake, though, areas of thinner ice was discovered by a couple unfortunate skaters who took a dunking in a seemingly safe area on Bear Lake yesterday.
 
Many areas/trails/roads you may travel with your dogs are also used by trappers. This is the season for trapping various furbearers.  Be careful if you travel with dogs due to strong scents/meat used in traps as a lure. I hope you never encounter your dog caught in a trap, but in reality it happens more than it should. If you would like to borrow a DVD presented by the Alaska Trappers Association with information on how to recognize trap lines and release various traps please contact me.
 
There are many new subscribers to our Trail Condition mailing list, in the interest of saving time by not sorting out new/old members I would like to resend this information to the entire mailing list:
 
Please keep in mind the changing conditions that may occur after trail/area/water/ice/avalanche condition reports are sent. What one moment is good/bad may change in a matter of hours due to the extremes in weather we experience here. Many of the treks we mention as great fun may work well for one person, yet be a death trap for another. Each individual adult needs to decide for themselves if they have the knowledge, skills, equipment, and physical ability to safely venture to the various locations we give current information for the Seward Ranger District.
 
We like having the public call us for information on recreating and planning on the District. Please feel free to contact the following people with your questions, comments, and concerns in the following areas:
 
Avalanche Information and Mountain Skiing:
Alex McLain – 288-7710
 
Trails, Cabins, Backcountry Treks:
Irene Lindquist – 288-7748
Stephen Hmurciak – 288-7713 (Stephen returns to work the second week of January.
Pat O’Leary – 288-7702
Mike (Fitz) Fitzpatrick – 288-7714
 
Cabins
Pat Cook – 288-7711 (Pat will be available beginning early February)
 
Person in Charge of our Trails/Cabins Program
John Eavis – 288-7701
 
For all other topics regarding other resource areas please call our main office at 224-3374 for assistance.
 
Thank you,
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good Chilly Morning to you.
 
Snow has settled to 5-8" at Trailhead locations on the Seward Ranger District this week, classic skiing is good. Local groomers have been working hard to pack and groom Trail River C.G., Russian River C.G., and Exit Glacier Road for classic and skate skiing.
 
Ice is forming on most of our lakes, though this is still quite early to venture on most of our road system lakes. Higher elevation lakes (minus Crescent, Trout, and Grant) have more ice. This week Carter had 10" of ice, Lower Russian was a mere 7", Lower Trail Lk froze last Thursday and added 6 1/2" of ice as of yesterday. Upper Trail Lake ice looks beautiful, but don't venture out here for a while, points to the north and west of the ball diamond 100' from shore had not frozen as of yesterday afternoon. Tern Lake has 8" of ice.
 
Saturday is the Seward Nordic Ski Club's Ski Swap at the Seward Elementary School from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
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Thursday November 17, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is -1 and winds are calm.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Enjoy
Jason Aigeldinger
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Sunday November 13, 2011

Exit Glacier Road was groomed to the Resurrection River trailhead today.  Nice fast conditions!
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Friday Novemebr 11, 2011

EG Rd was groomed to the bridge at No Name Creek this morning.  The snow has firmed up and conditions are great for skate skiing.  Beyond the grooming, the road is packed well enough that skiing is still good.  Enjoy!
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Thursday November 10, 2011

From the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, to the shores of Turnagain Pass in Hope, and all points in between East and West on the Seward Ranger District is good for skiing from all access points with the exception of Iditarod from Bear Lake. Though not a lot of snow, it is packing well with skis.
 
November 12 the Chugach Avalanche Center will resume Avalanche Forecasts, check out their site,  cnfaic.org  for a wealth of information on Avalanches. For Seward Ranger District Avalanche/Mountain information please call Alex McLain at 288-7710 for more detailed discussion.
 
Winter motorized use, including Resurrection Pass Trail system, opens Dec. 1 if adequate snow is present to prevent resource damage.
 
Turnagain Pass West, on Glacier Ranger District (783-3242) opens November 23 if adequate snow is present to prevent resource damage.
 
ATV's are allowed in Trail River C.G. through November 30.
 
Ed has begun grooming Russian River C.G. He has added another mile of groomed trail, before the main gate, take the road to the left.
 
Dori/Daryl anticipate grooming on Exit Glacier Rd this weekend. This is a shared road motorized/non-motorized all winter season.
 
Ice on lakes is slower in forming this season, and the snowfall last weekend is slowing the growth of ice further. A week ago Tern Lake had 4" of ice, yesterday there was 5" of ice.
 
Enjoy your weekend and Happy Veteran's Day to all.
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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Wednseday November 8, 2011

Exit Glacier Road, today. - Best early season conditions I have ever seen. A little soft for skate but very doable.  Great touring.  Surface is getting packed better all the time with snowmachine use.  Corners held up well through the weeks wind - the first two corners are a bit icy, but very negotiable.  Conditions great all the way to the Overlook (about 6 miles) and looked like good conditions all the way to the Park. WOuld be great for moonlight skiing tonite - moon should be up early and the wind is still down! madelyn
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hi all

Jason A has groomed the Trail River campground trails. This afternoon it was coldish (15) and calm (unlike Seward). The snow is fast and solid though a fourwheeler mushing team has added a few ruts and ridges on top of Jason's signature corduroy. But the surface is still great and there are no bare spots and its totally worth the drive.

Mark
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Sunday November 6, 2011

I skied the Iditarod trail tonight from Nash road. . .  SPectacular evening - great ski - plenty of snow - don't let the creek at the very beginning of the trail turn you away.  

Happy ski season!!!!
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Sunday November 6, 2011

EG Rd was groomed to Forest Service Gate this morning, and then promptly used by an ATV with dog team.   Will be touched up later.
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Sunday November 6, 2011

The temperature here at Trail River is 27 degrees and skies are clearing.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing. I have not seen any tracks this morning from the rather large brown bear that has been hanging around the campground this week.  Currently (0940) an ATV musher is hooking up so I will get back out and clean up the surface behind him around mid-day.  Late afternoon might be a good time to ski out this way.  Otherwise, expect ATV ruts in the A.M.  Enjoy anyhow.
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November 2, 2011

Snow is slowly making its way down the mountains.
 
Classic skiing is possible (and good) at Trail River C.G. if you stay on the road. This location received about 10" of snow the last few days.   The ground is not frozen, we don't have an ice layer yet, skate skiing is not possible until the snow is packed down.
 
All other access points to Seward Ranger District winter used trails received appx. 2" of snow.
 
Summit Lake parking currently 9" of snow, and quickly adding more as you climb in elevation.
 
This is the time of year when various road/c.g. access gates are closed. This week will see the closures of gates at Palmer Creek Road, Russian River C.G., and Trail River C.G.
 
Tern Lake day use area gate will remain open this winter(a first) for easier parking to access the Old Sterling Hwy. for winter activities. 1 way distance from Tern Lake to a mile beyond the Crescent CR Trailhead where plowing begins is 6 miles.
 
Lakes are not frozen, this has been a warm October.
 
Watch the weather if you dare drive beyond winter maintenance areas, you could well get snowed in: Last mile to Resurrection North Trailhead out of Hope, Last mile to Crescent Creek Trailhead on Quartz CR Rd,  and beyond the winter parking lot at mile 9 of Snug Harbor Road.
 
Happy Travels in your quest for snow!
 
Irene B. Lindquist
Forestry Technician, Trails
Chugach NF, Seward RD
907-288-7748
 
 
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Monday, October 31, 2011

First snow! Ann and I walked out the Exit Glacier road: 3 inches of lightish snow, temperature probably 31 degrees. If it stays cold, the surface could be skiable.

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Friday October 14, 2011

Hi all:

No snow down low but its not far off. Check back here once winter joins us and you'll be kept up to date on local conditions.
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Thursday April 21 2011


Winter is on it's way out and signs of spring are appearing.

Lost Lake and Primrose Trails have been closed to motorized vehicles due to the disappearing snow on the lower parts of each of those trails. But if you're reluctant to put away that snowmachine there is still lots of snow remaining from the Snug Harbor Road access to the Lost Lake backcountry.
Carter Lake Trail is still open and has mud and standing water at the beginning and some icy spots on the hill.
South Fork Snow River remains open with some standing water, brush and bare ground at the beginning. If you take the north entrance in to the river you can avoid this but add a couple more open crossings. There are about 20 open river crossings in the first 5-6 miles but all are shallow and the banks aren't as steep as they were. Skate skiing out here has been great also.

Grooming is done for the season at Trail River and Russian River Campgrounds. Thanks to all the volunteers involved. It's been greatly appreciated by many.
Resurrection Pass Trail is still skiable though the south side is starting to melt down low. The Slaughter Ridge Road/Bean Creek Trail access has the most snow remaining. Also the trail to Russian River Falls and Barber Cabin is still skiable.

And what about early season hiking? If you don't mind mud and some ice then you could check out the first 2 miles of Resurrection Pass Trail South, the first 2 miles of Johnson Pass Trail South, and the first mile of Ptarmigan Creek Trail. Over snow hiking has been firm due to the cold nights we've been having.

Or get out that bike or those roller blades. Exit Glacier Road has been plowed and has bare pavement for about 3 miles. The gate at the USFS boundary remains closed while the remaining ice on the road surface melts.

We will be clearing the trails of fallen trees as the snow melts and posting updates as conditions change.
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Friday April 15, 2011

Morning conditions on Bear Lake are AMAZING!  Best of the year - ski anywhere on the lake!  Just finished an hour skate ski - 10:45 AM and still wonderful crust.  Should be a brilliant way to finish the season out through this weekend
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Friday April 15, 2011

We are still skate skiing out here at Trail River.  Barring any rain it should hold through early next week.  Expect slick, corn snow conditions.  If you want crispy come early in the morning and if you enjoy slick come later in the afternoon.  See you next year and as always it is a pleasure to groom out here at Trail River.  See ya.
Jason Aigeldinger
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Thursday April 14, 2011


Same old, same old, La Di Dah as we continue to enjoy some lingering good conditions on the packed trails/areas of Seward Ranger District.  Take your pick, classic, skate, snowgo, snowshoe.

Russian River C.G. and Lower Russian Lakes Trail.: Enjoy one last weekend of fun skiing in the C.G..  The first mile has been walked heavily, easier to ski from 1:P.M. on.  Second mile is melting rapidly as are all loops.  Trail to the Falls and Barber cabin are fabulous.  Begin using the summer trail now, though winter trail is holding up well, summer trail is easier and we are not worried about too much snow coming down from the chutes, has already slid much, though, still keep heads up.  This is the time of year we begin having slides down to the ground, bringing rocks and mud with.

Resurrection Pass Trail:  Access via Slaughter Ridge Road and Bean Creek Trail from the south is holding up well.  Don't want to use West Juneau if you're pulling a pulk as this is mostly south facing and wide open, lots of gravel beginning to show.  Packed trail from Cooper Landing to Hope.

Lost Lake:  Access from all points of entry this weekend still open for the coming weekend.

Lakes/Creeks/Rivers:  Plan each step, ski, forward movement with caution.  Though there are some fabulous conditions to be had on frozen bodies of water, enough cannot be said about going with a buddy.

Trail River C.G.  Groomed by Jason, perhaps for the last time?  Yesterday, regardless, this is still a wonderful ski, fast and furious in the early hours, softer and sweet noonish on.

Carter Lake:  Don't let the little bit of bare ground in the beginning fool ya, lots of snow just around the bend.

Enjoy this Glorious silly weather and have another fabulous weekend out and about.
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Thursday, April 7, 2010

Seward Ranger District Winter used trails/areas received new snow the past 2 days, and more is forecast for tonight and tomorrow, yippee!

As of this writing here these areas received generous amounts of white.

Lost Lake:  good bye ice, hello 1.5' of heavy, wet snow.
Primrose: 4" of new snow make another fine trail up the first hill.

Heading north over Divide (5 new inches today) snowfall is much less.

Moose Pass to Hope: 2" new snow.

Carter Lake: Great trail conditions.

Cooper Landing: Trace. Russian River C.G. remains a great ski.

Resurrection Pass including winter access via Slaughter Ridge Road and West Juneau Road: Excellent conditions.  Several parties traveling from both directions over the top.

Watch out for overflow, and thinning of ice at inlets and outlets on all lakes.  Rivers and Creek ice is rapidly diminishing.

 Though the new snow is tempting, this is not the time to head into areas exposing yourself to slopes that may Avalanche.

Continue to check out the following links for additional information.

  http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/
  http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html
http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id=
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 34 degrees and light snow is falling.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Well it looks as though winter is not finished at Trail River.  We received about 3 inches of wet "cake frosting" snow this morning/afternoon.  The sticky frosting laid down pretty nice and it should be crisp and fast tomorrow morning.  Enjoy!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Happy April Fool's Day

This may seem like a joke, but Not, conditions for outings are stunningly wonderful on Seward Ranger District winter trails.  Some ice here and there, fast and furious skiing in the morning, and slower in the late afternoon makes for a fabulous workout.

Recent snow levels have been at about 1500'.  You don't want to wander off trail or you'll sink to the bottom, even with skis or snowshoes.

Carter Lake Trail has some difficult icy sections on the lower hill for snowmachines without studded tracks. Watch out for overflow hidden under the snow cover on Carter and Crescent Lakes.

Primrose Trail has lots of ice in the first mile. The first hill is very difficult without a studded track. Please do not ride off trail here where there is no snow cover.

Lost Lake Trail has areas of bare ground and lots of ice in the first half mile but it has softened up some in the warmer temps. A studded track is still recommended. The switchback is very slick.

Kenai Lake has a wonderful surface for skate skiing, just hit it in early morning hours, and take a buddy with.

Trail River C.G. has been groomed.

Good freeze last night will continue to help keep packed trails in decent condition through the weekend.

Have a good hour, day, week, month, year, life.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Yesterday, Sunday, we went to Trail River CG to skate ski and ended up on the Lake in absolute beautiful conditions - fast, smooth and sunny. There is open water at the pressure ridge and where Trail River comes into the lake so avoid that area. Both the camp ground and the lake are in great shape.
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Sunday March 27, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 31 degrees and light snow is falling.  All loops and the logging road have been groomed for skate skiing.
Enjoy
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Sunday March 27, 2011

The surface of the center of the lake is perfectly flat and topped with one half inch of snow. In the morning its hard but a ski edge can easily get a bite. In the afternoon it softens up and so even easier to get a bite. Either way it is super fast. Two mile an hour wind from the north. Stick to the center of the lake because the perimeter has ice patches and fossil ski and snowmachine tracks. Don't let the bumpy chopped-up surface of the snow at the public access at the extreme south end of the lake discourage you. 
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Friday March 25, 2011

Good skiing at Russian River campground road on Thursday.  35
degrees.  Groomed snow classic tracks as well.     The Russian lakes
trail was groomed and packed nice and wide to the falls.  We skijored
that with ease but it might be better walking than skiing in some
sections.  At the beginning of the trail, icefalls might deter you but
there are only three places like that then the trail is flat and
friendly.

Old sterling highway is also groomed for a couple of miles.   A ski
and skijor rally is scheduled there at 3 pm Saturday.
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Thursday March 24, 2011


It's currently 35 degrees and raining in Moose Pass.  Freezing at night, thawing by mid afternoon.  Conditions are not as bad as one would think.  Set up to Mountain Bike in winter?  Travel any of the areas that have a packed trail, just don't step off the packed trails, you will fall to through to the bottom.

River and Creek bottoms remain good for travel, better in the early morning and return by 3 P.M. for best conditions.  If traveling up the South Fork of Snow River to Nellie Juan, snowmachiners will need an axe, or pick in addition to a shovel to chip away shelf ice in order to out of the 9+ open water crossings.  Remember, the North Fork of Snow River is closed to all motorized use.

Kenai Lake skating is still Great, however, this can change quickly.  And, stay away from the pressure ridge, especially with the warmer weather, it's constantly changing.  I was out there on Monday and witnessed someone go through the ice, luckily his ski poles kept his head entire body from going under.

Lost Lake Trail is pure ice for the first 1/2 mile, need studded tracks, and if walking you will need ice creepers.

Have a fabulous warm/wet (hopefully snow) weekend.
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Thursday March 3 2011

This Great weather is exhausting, there are so many places to enjoy outdoor winter activities on Seward Ranger District.  

Snow River South Fork to Nellie Juan:  Wonderful conditions.  The first water crossing where you would need over boots is at appx. mile 4.  Wide path from snow machines the whole way, which makes for fabulous skate skiing if you don't mind tracks.

Grant Lake Portage and Grant Lake Trail:  The tree hindering snow machine travel to Grant via the Portage Trail has been removed.  Travel is good.

Kenai Lake:  In front of Kenai Lake Work Center has been wind swept of snow.  Little bumpy for skating but really worth getting out to enjoy the majesty of the mountains surrounding this area.

Trail Lake:  Plowed paths and rinks for ice skating.

How about putting a new hike on your list to view frozen ice/falls:  Victor Creek and Primrose Creeks offer some beautiful glistening ice.

The howling winds last week have made for some challenging conditions on SRD favorite slopes for snow boarding and tele skiing.

Resurrection Pass Trail:  Packed trail the entire distance.  No firewood at cabins on the north, very little at cabins on the south, Devil's Pass oil stove working well.

Looking ahead to another fun weekend, Enjoy!
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Thursday March 3 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 15 degrees.  All loops have been scraped and should skate pretty well.  Kenai Lake west of the campground is blown clear of snow all the way over to about one half mile west of Porcupine Island.  Expect a smooth surface with a fair amount of cracks.  Touring skates would be my choice for a long tour in order to deal with the cracks.  Be sure to pack extra windproof clothing because a headwind traveling west is the norm (experienced this Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.)  Expect cold winds to 10 m.p.h. out of the west throughout the day.  Enjoy!
Jason Aigeldinger
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Wednesday March 2, 2011

Trail River C.G. conditions are lovely. Not icy, though hard and fast, can still get good grip.
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Saturday February 26 2011

Russian River Campground is groomed for skate and track skiing and is
in great shape.  Trails to Russian Falls also in excellent shape.
Could be skated but a little narrow in places.  One icy spot on first
part of trail.
Friday Feb 25
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Thursday February 24, 2011

Bear Lake groomed last night and track set all round the lake.  Sunshine on lake until well after 4 pm.  Thursday no wind - skiing great! 
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Thursday February 24, 2011


We are enjoying wonderful conditions in most areas/ trails/ on Seward Ranger District.  Here are just a few areas with changes.  Most other areas/trails are wonderful.

Resurrection Pass Trail:  Other than the high winds that have swirled and deposited snow between mile 14 and 24 (south to north) this trail is in fabulous shape.  Anticipate slow travel from top of Swan Lake grade through the pass.

Old Sterling Hwy:  Has been groomed 5' wide, this is a fabulous 6 mile ski from Tern Lake Day Use area to Quartz Creek Rd.

Upper Trail Lake: Paths and rinks have been plowed for ice skating after our recent snowfall.

Devil's Creek Trailhead to Quartz Creek Substation:  Here's a fun ski you should try.  Less than 4 miles one way following Quartz Creek, access via mile 1/2 of Devil's Creek Trail.

North Fork Snow River:  Can easily travel appx. 3 miles before thin ice crossing, that should thicken as we approach the weekend.

Next time you see any of these people please give them a Hearty Thank You for their volunteer efforts of updating the Seward and Cooper Landing Nordic Ski Club web pages, grooming trails, and plowing snow for your winter enjoyment:

Seward: Mark Luttrell, Herb Wottlin, Tom Gillespie, Dan Walker, Duane Chase, John Shank.

Moose Pass:  Jason Aigeldinger, Johnny Gaule, Dave Lindquist.

Cooper Landing: Dave Story, Ed Hostein, Eric Route.

Have a Fabulous fun filled weekend.
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Thursday February 24, 2011

All Divide trails including the meadow have been groomed and are in good shape.  The debris on the trail turned over with the groomer so all the trails are surprisingly clear for now.... enjoy
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Bear Lake has been groomed for both skate and classic.  Conditions are great!!  The wind was picking up a bit, but overall not bad.

A message from your local groomer -- Please keep your pets off the classic track as they can quickly destroy the quality of the track.


Enjoy :)
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Monday, February 21, 2011

 
Trail River C.G. has been groomed.
 
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Thursday, February 17, 2011


Lost Lake Trail is currently in good condition with only one icy section on the first hill that could develop into a problem spot for snowmachines.

Primrose Trail also has a difficult icy stretch on the first hill. Lots of moguls on both of these trails as usual.

Clemens Cabin has been restocked with propane.

In addition to its ongoing grooming of Russian River Campground, Cooper Landing Ski Club has recently groomed the trail to Russian River Falls.

Overall xc-skiing conditions are good throughout the district with a few inches of soft powder on untracked trails and hard packed powder on used trails. The lower parts of the trails going into the south end of Resurrection Pass are very hard and slick. The trail going over Resurrection Pass has recently been broken by skiers.

There is still ice skating to be had on parts of Kenai Lake and Upper Trail Lake though it may be harder to get to now since large areas are covered with wind blown snow.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Looking for people to share in beautiful terrain
north of Mile 12. Had no wind, bright sun and perfect snow
this last Saturday, and want to snowshoe. If you would like
to join, please call me at 288-5677 (Moose Pass), because
there's no computer at the cabin. Hope to hear from you!
JJ Kaiser
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bear Lake was fantastic last night for skate skiing -- beautiful under the nearly full moon and the wind wasn't bad.  There's a few patches of icy overflow but easy to ski around.  Get out and enjoy it and BIG thanks to Tom Gillespie for grooming!
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Thursday, February 17 2011

Bear lake -
Nice skate skiing on the loop that runs all way round the lake, thanks to Tom Gillespie.  Its holding in nicely after last nights packing.  Couple of overflow spots - iced over.  Temperature 15 degrees winds about 20 out of NE.  just figure - half the run is with the wind at your back! 
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Hello everyone, happy Valentines Day. I spent the morning setting up the new tracksetter that follows the ginzu groomer. I set two tracks on either side of Paradise and also one track around the meadow. I have not yet had time to work on the south exit to the meadow, it is getting better but it is still rough. The meadow continues to flatten out with each pass and it is in the best shape its been  yet. It is a little narrow to accommodate both classic and skate skiing along the power line but for the most part I think we can make it work .

If you are going to bring a dog up to the divide please try to stay on Luna loop I groomed the center so it should be good for skating and soft enough for classic but I did not set tracks along that loop so it will be a good place to exercise you and the pooch.

 The H.S. team is going to need the classic tracks for practice on Monday and Wednesday so I would like to keep the tracks in good shape through the week. Thanks for your help and we will see you out there. The sun was shining and it really wasn't that windy so it should be very pleasant the snow is still good...enjoy
herb

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Sunday February 13, 2011

The groomers packed and drug the trail to Russian Falls yesterday.  It
was very good skiing but watch a couple spots under the big trees for
ice and the last 1/4 mile has some ice.  It can be skated but I would
recommend either track or metal edges.  Trail is a little narrow in
spots for good skating.  Don't be discouraged by the icy trail from
the parking lot to the Russian Falls trailhead, it's well worth the
effort.  Russian Campground was VERY ICY.  Not good skiing.  Groomers
are going to hit it tomorrow afternoon so stay tuned.

PS  If you go up to the Falls, take a hand saw with you or a branch
trimmer and help cut some of the alder branches that are
"tresspassing" on the trail.
Also if you go beyond the bridge there are traps.  It's marked but
heads up.  It is not groomed or packed beyond the bridge and there are
avalanche chutes so use the winter trail.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Overall conditions on Seward Ranger District winter used trails have greatly improved from all access areas/trails, except access into Snow River due to warm temps and broken snow bridges.   And one of our favorite activities, ICE SKATING is wonderful on Kenai and Upper Trail Lake.  Please be aware of the several pressure ridges from Kenai Lake Work Center to Cooper Landing, these have expanded and contracted a number of times in the past few weeks, study the areas you want to cross, there is a lot of open water out there.

Resurrection Pass Trail South (use winter routes for overnight access) is in wonderful condition to Swan Lake with the addition of 2-3" new snow this week.  Anticipate windblown untraveled trail above Swan Lake through the pass.

Lost Lake Trail received 6+ inches of heavy wet snow this week.  Currently the icy hills are in good condition, however, we anticipate these to be back down to ice once a number of machines travel it.

Snug Harbor Road access to Lost Lake should be good for the weekend.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Russian River Campground groomed this afternoon.  It was very good skiing. 
 
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Exit Glacier Road was groomed all the way to the Visitors Center last night.  Early this morning it was crunchy, but it was getting pretty nice as the sun softened it up a bit.  There are a few challenging stretches (ice, narrow trail, snowmachine bumps) but for the most part it was good for skate skiing the whole way.

Thanks to John for grooming!
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Friday February 4, 2011

Exit Glacier Road is being groomed as I write ( evening 2/4/2011).  The first stretch of road may have a few icy spots but it should be good a bit farther out.  A few of us are planning to do a long ski there tomorrow morning around 9am.  I'll post a trail update after we ski.

There will also be people skiing EG Road on Sunday at 1:30pm, Marylynn included.  For the 40/50k skiers, you should try and aim for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or so.
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Friday February 4, 2011

Russian River was groomed this am.  Should be pretty good. 

 
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Friday February 4, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 22 degrees and winds are light out of the north.  All loops have been resurfaced and skate really well.  I spent a great deal of time yesterday working down the ATV/dog team ruts and working down the west side of the road down into the campground.  I was able to push the feeble amount of snow we received out here across the surface and it set up really nice overnight.  Expect wide open, crispy conditions with some icy spots on shaded corners and around tree wells.  Don't forget to check out the skiing/nordic skating on Kenai Lake heading west out of the campground.  Enjoy!
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Friday February 4, 2011

Dangerous avalanche conditions exist human triggers are very likely
and naturals are likely as well.

Large destructive Natural avalanches were seen today up at Summit
that had come down recently.  Some were 10 feet+ deep and
fracturelines 1 mile wide.  Mile 54 and NE of Ski Hill back up Butcher
Creek.  The one behind butcher creek had very large blocks of snow in
the debris at the bottom.  Numerous smaller avalanches were seen at
low to mid elevation.  Many of these slide were 1-2 foot fractures but
they ran several hundred yards and in some cases triggered sympathetic
avalanches.  All avalanche runout zones and steep slopes should be
avoided this weekend.  Failure to stay out of avalanche terrain could
be a disaster.  Some of these avalanches were so large that if you
were caught in them it would be over no second chance.

Many areas across the district are seeing similar conditions so avoid
avalanche terrain this weekend.
For more info check out
www.cnfaic.org. Saturday 7am or contact me at
907 288-7710

Alex McLain
CNFAIC Avalanche specialist
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Thursday February 3 2011

Over the past few days we've gotten small amounts of snow mixed with rain at lower elevations. This has helped somewhat to improve upon the ongoing icy conditions on Lost Lake and Primrose Trails. Larger amounts of snow have fallen at higher elevations.

Kenai Lake and Trail Lakes were covered with water which is beginning to refreeze. A light coat of new snow on top has hidden this pocket of water from view. Give these lakes a couple more days of cold weather to refreeze before venturing out on them.

Some of the higher elevation lakes have experienced overflow, sometimes hidden under a layer of snow. Lower Russian Lake is one of these, making the access to Barber Cabin a tough choice right now between the winter trail leading to the overflow lake and the summer trail which passes through avalanche paths that are below recently loaded slopes that have yet to release this winter. A couple days of cold weather should help to firm up both the lake and the snowpack. The trail in received a few inches of wet snow as did the lower parts of Bean Creek, West Juneau, and Res Pass South Trails.
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Thursday February 3 2011

After the snow last night conditions allowed me to get the roller out and roll both loops. The snow is still soft but as it settles and firms up we will run the Ginsu over the trail. Trail conditions should be great by tomorrow if the weather stays like it is. Several people were skiing the loops as i left so get out and enjoy we'll try to have everything all groomed out by Friday. Also many of you have been asking when the meadow will be groomed. With this last snow we think the snow is deep enough to begin opening it up so a few of us will try to get into the meadow on Saturday with the machines to start packing it down. If you are thinking about snow shoeing consider going around the meadow trail before Saturday. If we could get some folks to start packing the trail by snow shoe or even skis it would help us out. Trying to maneuver the skandics over untracked snow is a challenge and following a packed trail wil l help us out. As far as the route goes we will start by just opening the loop and not out the south exit trail.  If you go down to run a path just follow the snow machine tracks down Dan's Drop and go between the two trees going out to the power line. follow the power line south to the turn and head back along the hillside going north past the sledding hill thanks and have fun, see you out there...
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Wednesday February 2, 2011

The temp at the divide is hovering around 32 with mixed rain and snow.The trails have 2-3 inches of new wet snow on  top and are very soft.   The loops are not tracked.  The warm, wet weather we have in town seems to have migrated up the hill. I attempted to groom this AM but was unsuccessful. The best I could do was to get around Luna once with the roller. The snow is at the "mash potatoes" state right now so until it gets a little colder I won't be able to groom. I will be going up from time to time and will get to the trails as soon as I can.  If it gets colder tonight I might try then.
herb
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Thursday January 27, 2011

Exit Glacier Road is not skiable right now.  I only walked the first half-mile or so, which was a solid ice with a light layer of snow/frost.  It was fine without ice-grippers for walking.  There was someone ice-skating though!  She said it was a little bumpy until the first curve and then pretty nice.
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Thursday january 27, 2011


Over flow on area lakes is slowly freezing.  Currently ice skating is good on Kenai Lake (had 2" of water on top of ice that refroze).  We went to measure the thickness of ice at the pressure ridge today in front of our office  only to discover it has once again closed when our temps were above freezing.  Probably a very good idea to stay away from this area and not approach it from the middle of the lake.  Upper Trail Lake (had 4" of water) should be good skating tomorrow, and Lower Trail Lake (had 6" of water) should be frozen enough by Saturday.

Lost Lake:  Access from Lost Lake T.H. icy first mile.  Primrose is manageable.  Rainbow Lake access (Snug Harbor Rd) is okay.  New snow above 1,000'.

Carter Lake:  Good trail conditions, don't let the first 500' of glaciated ice fool you, only a couple icy sections beyond this.  8" new snow at the lake.

Resurrection Pass:  Access from Slaughter Ridge Rd/Bean CR Trail is extremely icy in the 1st mile, need spiked boots to get up the hills.  Beyond this conditions are hard and fast improving as you gain elevation due to the new snow.  Hiking would be easier than skiing until more snow at around 900' elevation.  Anticipate good skiing through the pass all the way to Hope.  West Juneau access has a breakable crust which is easy to ski but too sharp for a dogs paws.

Groomed trails are not very inviting, except for Divide.  Don't go on Saturday unless you can volunteer to help with the ski races, contact Marylynn Barnwell at mlbarnwell@gmail.com if you are available to help with bibs, timing, parking and course management.

Have a Wonderful weekend.
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Thursday January 27, 2011

Don't be fooled by the ice in town -- both Paradise and Luna loops were great last night, nice fast snow.  Thanks groomers!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Exit Glacier Road has 3 - 4 inches of snow which is surprisingly well-bonded to the icy base.  Conditions were decent today for skate skiing without poles.  The icy base made it hard to plant poles.
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Friday January 21, 2011

Hello skiers!

The fresh snow the past few days is a welcome sight after our dry spell.  Hopefully it's getting you re-inspired for skiing.

Group training this weekend will be Sunday at 1:30pm at Trail River Campground.  Come see what Coach Marylynn has in store for us.  This warmer (ahem, but not TOO warm!) weather makes it a lot more pleasant to work on technique, so if you're looking for tips this would be a good time to come out.  Otherwise, we hope to get some distance in -- six weeks until the Tour!
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Friday January 21, 2011

The temperature at Trail River is 25 degrees.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  After almost three weeks of iceball conditions,we finally have a bit up here to skate on.  Enjoy!
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Tuesday January 19, 2011


Am sending this out as we have had a number of folks inquire about Kenai Lake.  Open areas of water from Porcupine Island to Quartz Creek froze over last Monday evening.  Adding an inch of ice a day.  Thickness is now 9".  Other areas of the lake that froze earlier have 16" of ice.  If you choose to skate, or ski it when snow arrives check wind direction so you can decide which end to start from if you want to travel from Cooper Landing to Lawing.  Parking at the parking lot off William's Road (past Quartz Creek C.G.) is a good place to start or end, this way you don't have to deal with Quartz Creek.  Parking at the US Forest Service at Mile 23 1/2 is the Moose Pass end parking area.

2" of Hoar frost in the first few miles.  Mix of refrozen ice chunks and smooth glassy surfaces.  Best skating is the large area in the Lawing area between Victor and Meadow Creek.  We had to take our skates off in one area for a few hundred feet that even our Nordic skates couldn't negotiate.

Things to watch out for now that will be difficult to see when it snows are the pressure ridge cracks that will occur as our temps warm up.

Lost Lake:  Do Not travel this trail, even if you have studded tracks, treacherous, and dangerous icy, steep chutes.  Even when the snow arrives, it needs time to adhere to the icy, please stay off this trail.

Happy Full Moon!
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Saturday January 15, 2011

Bear Lake is presently all ice; good for ice skating in patches - but lots of cracks developing.  
Maybe snow by mid-week :)
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Temperature this afternoon at Divide was 8 degrees, and all loops were in great shape for skate skiing.  Fast, but not icy, and minimal debris.
Thank you groomers!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Temperatures up here between the lakes are in the single digits.  If you enjoy ice skating check out the east side of Lower Trail Lake.  The best times for good sun is between 12 and 3 p.m.  On Upper, the west shore is really smooth, but be aware folks are trapping over on that side.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hey everyone -
I hate to say it but the 5-5-5 Dawn Til Dusk Ski is cancelled due to bad snow conditions.  This recent bout of warm weather wreaked havoc on the snow at Trail River.  The good news is that enough snow stuck around at Mile 12 so you can at least ski there this weekend! 
Thanks for all your interest!!
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Many thanks to Herb who was out there grooming again this a.m.   Skiing at the divide is the bomb right now!    Conditions are quick but not icy. 
 
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SNUG HARBOR Road is in a little better condition today and we anticipate conditions to improve as it gets colder.  The parking lot at the end of the plowed road (9.5 miles) is in good condition.

Seward Ranger District winter used trails that have been packed are now hard as cement.  We had to ditch our skis today and walk, very treacherous skiing.

Ice skating on area lakes should be quite nice by Friday/Saturday.  Overflow is beginning to freeze.  In most areas we were only breaking through 1-2".  

Happy Clear Skies to everyone for the next several days.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Come join us tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 6th, at 10:30am for the first Pee Wee ski outing of the season.  We'll meet at Divide Ski Area at Mile 12.  This group is geared towards ages 2-5 with the focus on having fun on skis with activities and games.  First year skiers are welcome!  A parent is required to be with their children during the sessions.

We plan to meet weekly at the same time, although location may vary based on conditions.  If you would like to get on the Pee Wee Ski email list, please email me at
hmq@seward.net.
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Monday, January 2011

AVALANCHE DANGER!
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This from Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information
Center
BOTTOM LINE
Today the avalanche hazard has increased to
HIGH on all windloaded slopes greater than 30 degrees. Non wind-affected slopes and rain-saturated terrain at the lower elevations will have a CONSIDERABLE danger today. Large natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely! 9-18 inches of new snow, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rain at the lower elevations equals dangerous avalanche conditions. Today is not the day to be in the mountains.
Good morning backcountry travelers this is Lisa Portune with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center on Monday, January 3rd at 7am. This will serve as a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area (this advisory does not apply to highways, railroads, or operating ski areas).

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Monday, January 3, 2011

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP, Seward Ranger District lakes are a snowmobiler's nightmare at the moment with lots of overflow.

DO NOT DRIVE ON SNUG HARBOR ROAD until the weather gets colder, or the ice melts and shows gravel.  Extremely slick, pulling a trailer on this road to access Lost Lake, NOT.

Most of our trails packed by snowmachine are in pretty good condition with the exception of Lost Lake.  Beginning to get quite icy heading up the hill to the junction, switchback trail is easier.

When we drop to freezing temps anticipate hard, icy, fast conditions until we get snow.

Exit Glacier Road is once again a sheet of glare ice
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Friday, Decmeber 31,2010

So much for being an optimist.  Conditions are rough at Trail River and I cannot recommend skiing out here.  I actually posted a sign at the trailhead asking folks to stay off the trails until temperatures drop.  On a positive not, I've been able to increase the thin base out here and all in all the trail LOOKS awesome.  If you SKIED it right now you would be wallowing in two inches of wet, slushy snow.  So please stay off until I post again.  Thank-you.
Jason Aigeldinger
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Friday, Decmber 31, 2010

The temperature at Trail River is 32.5 and in the last six hours we have had light rain.  We were touring up in Resurrection Pass for the past five days and returned this evening to roughly 4 inches of wet snow and drizzle?  All loops have been packed and groomed for skate skiing.  I also put a skate lane up the logging road.  It all should skate really well tomorrow, rain or shine.  Have a great New Year!

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Thursday December 30, 2010

Hey folks just a reminder the link to access the avalanche website for current advisories will be on Saturday for Summit Lake and 7 days a week for Turnagain.  You can access the advisories by going to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center's website at www.cnfaic.org.  For specific questions I can be reached by email at amclain@fs.fed.us or by phone at 907 288-7710 Wed-Sat.


Thanks!
Alex McLain
Chugach National Forest
Seward Ranger District
Lead Forestry Technician (Dev. Recreation/ Snow Ranger Summit Lake Area)
W(907) 288-7710
C(907) 362-5015
amclain@fs.fed.us
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Thursday December 30, 2010

Big changes Swirling in the air.

All areas of Seward Ranger District received between 6-12" of new snow Tuesday night.  Anticipate another few inches today and probably more as we enter the new year.  If you are venturing into back-country areas that pose avalanche hazards please continue to check the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center for advisories:  http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id=  better yet, give the new snow a couple days to settle.

I'm not sure why, but we are unable to update our trail conditions on the CNF Website, sorry but hopefully these links below will help you decide what areas to visit over the New Years Weekend.
Areas that are groomed may or may not be groomed due to the amounts of snowfall that continues to blanket our lovely trails.  For reports on latest conditions please visit these links:
Cooper Landing Trails:   http://grooming.cooperlandingnordicskiclub.org/   Seward Trails:  http://www.sewardnordicskiclub.org/page5/index.html

Resurrection Pass Trail has finally been broken in by skiers between Caribou Creek and the top of Swan Lake grade in the past few days.  No firewood at Caribou, Fox, East, and Swan cabins, very little at Trout Lake.  

Happy New Year to you and continue to be safe.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wed am:  classical track set in six inches fresh snow.   Partly cloudy 10-15 degrees no wind.    Will roll skate ski track this evening should be set nice for tomorrow.  Watch for over flow at Northwest corner, in the cove by the island and along south shore. 
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Monday December 27, 2010


Bear Lake got 3 inches of nice snow Sunday.  Rolled Sunday night to
make a nice skate track around the lake.  Good touring snow over
most of the lake.  The south portion is blown in and/or has icy spots.
The rest is pretty good.  A diagonal track is set around the lake as
well with the same story.  Best skiing will be on the west side
along to the north end.

Divide was groomed last night (Sunday) so it should be excellent
skiing today.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

The glorious winter fun continues.

Grant Lake Portage Trail and Mine Road now have a packed snowmobile trail, 9" of ice on the lake in the one spot I measured.

Crescent Lake has 9" of ice.  Though we measure ice thickness before we travel on it, we pay particular care on the larger, deeper lakes.  Ice thickness is measured well away from any in or out flowing streams.  We have noticed a few ski and snowmobile tracks traveling quite close to open or just frozen sections of water, yikes!

Exit Glacier Road/area received a few inches of wet snow making for a good hard pack instead of ice for the first few miles.  Travel to Exit Glacier (8 miles one way) currently is good and though not groomed it is an easy skate ski.

Bear Lake groomed around the lake.

Happy New Year!
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Morning snowfall of 2 inches provided soft and forgiving snow on top of a firm well groomed surface. Temperature was 21 degrees in the afternoon. Luna and Paradise Loops are in fabulous shape. Sledders were cruising on the parking lot hill as well as Dan's Drop.

Mark

Here's a photo from the Paradise Loop
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It is now possible to access Johnson Pass from the south side via Upper Trail Lake and Trail Creek. The winter trail begins 1 mile up the creek beyond the railroad trestle. Watch for areas of thinner ice and overflow. The trail has been packed by snowmobiles and cleared of fallen trees.

The hill going up to Carter Lake is still in good shape. The valley between Carter and Crescent Lakes is now heavily tracked by snowmobiles. Crescent Lake is frozen and snowmobiles have been travelling across it. Crescent Creek Trail (not recommended for snowmobiles) has been broken in by snowshoes and skis.

Lost Lake Trail is also holding up well so far on the hills. There is 12" of snow at the trailhead and 36" at Clemens Cabin. The cabin has been restocked with propane for the heater.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The temperature at Trail River is 4 degrees and skies are clear.  We received about 2 inches of dry powder yesterday morning and conditions, ungroomed, are really great for both classic and skate skiing.  I'll groom again when temperatures come up or the trail is just too hammered to make for a good ride.  
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of touring Bean Creek Trail to Resurrection Pass (south) and then on up through the West Juneau winter route and back down to the Sterling highway via the West Juneau logging road.  Conditions were excellent, with about 2 inches of fresh, dry powder over a snow machine track.  To find the West Juneau winter route, hang the right after you cross the large wooden bridge 1/4 mile south of the junction of Bean Creek and Resurrection South.  Follow the orange winter route reflectors until you hit the logging road.  Then it is all downhill from there.  Don't forget to stop and check out the Juneau Falls overlook just south (1/10 mile) of the wooden bridge on the main Resurrection South Trail.  
It is a non-motor year out in Resurrection Pass and if you like touring, conditions and temperatures are prime for easily covering a lot of ground.  Please run your dog in harness and line because there is always the possibility of trapping off that trail.  Our trip time was three and a half hours to go about seven or eightish miles.  Enjoy the great conditions, celestial wonders, and the holiday season.   
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Monday December 20, 2010

Monday afternoon - 18 degrees light winds, 2 inches of champagne powder on wind pack.  Not groomed but lovely skate or classic skiing all around the lake.  Did the entire perimeter - no overflow found but please, always exercise caution especially around creeks.
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Monday December 20, 2010

CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE

Seward area received 1-4" of new snow last night.


Resurrection North has a packed ski trail to Caribou Creek.  Travel between Swan Lake and Caribou Creek will be a bear for the first few people to break trail.

Here's a fun back-country ski to add to your list, is currently fabulous:  Take Resurrection Pass Trail South up to the West Juneau Road Winter trail (200' before the bridge over Juneau Creek).  Juneau Falls is a frozen masterpiece.  Total trip is 9 miles and the best part is you don't have to move a rig, begin and end in the same place, mile 52.8 of Sterling Hwy.  Current conditions allow for use of classic skis on this trek.  Don't do it opposite of what is recommended here, skiing 4 miles downhill is excellent on the road but would be difficult on the narrow tree lined trail.

Vagt Lake winter route (one bay north of Portage trail, across from the Island) has been broken in by snowmobile.

Happy Lunar Eclipse!
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Saturday December 18, 2010

Russian River Campground at Cooper Landing was groomed today for track
and skating.  Pretty much a WOW! as the snow is perfect!  Restoom at
end of loop (Grayling) is open.....
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Tuesday December 14, 2010

Divide ski area is still very good. Luna Loop and Paradise Loop are groomed, solid, moderately fast, and not icy. Summer trail work improved a few tight corners and opened up the trail to more snowfall.
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Tuesday December 14, 2010


Upper Russian Lake trail has been broken open to Upper Russian Lake cabin, and travel is good via the winter route which begins at the southern end of Cooper Lake or from the trailhead.  There is an active trap line on this trail.

Resurrection Pass Trail North has not been traveled beyond mile 2.25 since the end of November.  Expect to break trail and negotiate many down trees.   Anticipate travel of 1 mile/hour or less negotiating down trees and breaking trail over the pass to Swan Lake cabin on the southern portion of the trail.  

Resurrection Pass Trail South to Swan Lake cabin via Slaughter Ridge Rd/Bean Creek, or West Juneau is a good trail.

Lost Lake and Primrose trails will open to Snowmobiles Wednesday, December 15.

Wear plenty of layers, check for overflow, stay away from inlets and outlets, carry emergency gear, keep well hydrated with water, and have a wonderful time enjoying the winter fun.
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Sunday December 12, 2010

The temperature at Trail River is currently 9 degrees and we have been capped by an inversion for the past 24 hours.  All loops have been groomed for skate skiing.  Jason has done a wonderful job keeping the surface smooth and fast.
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Saturday December 11, 2010

Grooming at the Divide continues; by Friday evening the parking lot area had been widened and substatially improved. Luna has also been touched up and is in good shape. Paradise is open but the inbetween meadow area and Sitzmark need more work, hopefully today with more snow. Definitely worth your time.
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Friday December 10, 2010

The temperature at Trail River is 15 degrees.  The uneven surface at the beginning of the trail has been cut down and all loops have been resurfaced and widened.  Also, the logging road has been groomed up to the landing.
Enjoy
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Thursday December 9, 2010

-Divide Ski area has many loops groomed now.

-Old Sterling Highway has a packed snowmobile trail.  From end of
parking on Quartz Creek Road to Tern Lake is a fabulous classic ski of
6 miles one-way.

-Grant Lake Portage trail is broken in by ski.  Grant Lake froze over
Saturday/Sunday.  

-Upper Trail Lake has plowed rinks and pathways allow for continued
ice skating.

-If you are a mountain traveler going further into the back-country
please continue to update yourself with the latest information on
Avalanche conditions by visiting this site:

http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id=
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Tuesday December 7, 2010

Luna loop at Divide is groomed and good for skating. Thanks to Jason for the help yesterday,  we smoothed it down and I finished it up this morning. Enjoy the new improved widened trail! The parking area loop is too wet yet and doesn't  have good snow coverage.  You can ski it around but you might encounter some water which might ball up your skis. Coming down  Sitzmark to the parking area just south of the new gate has not been knocked down proceed carefully back to the parking area.

Paradise is still rough. I did knock down most of the big stuff so it is pretty flat. It will need to settle for a day but should be in good shape next time we groom it.

The meadow has been packed with the showmachines and has not been groomed. You can do a classic loop around it but please be aware that the south end of the meadow where it meets up with the new exit trail has water over a large section. It is in very bad condition and I would avoid it unless you want to get wet.  You can still go safely around the traditional loop along the back to the north. I hope everyone enjoys the new snow and the improved widened trails.
enjoy...herb
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Saturday December 4, 2010

Summit has 6 inches of new snow at 1400 foot elevation
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Saturday December 4, 2010

The temperature at Trail River is 27 degrees, skies are clear.  We received about 4 inches of wet snow over the past 24 hours.  I rolled all loops last night and I am now halfway through combing them.  It should skate really well in three or four hours.  Enjoy
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Wednesday December 1, 2010

Trail Up date for Devil's Pass.  On a scale between "lousy" and
"nirvana" it rates "heavenly".  Half foot of relatively new snow on
top of a 1 or more of crust-- Lovely.  Cold though.  Temperature
started a bit below zero and didn't climb too much during the day.
Some down fall on trail however only in a few cases and nothing that
isn't difficult to get around.
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Monday November 29, 2010

Conditions at Trail River today, Monday - EXCELLENT!  Temperature about 19 - and LIGHT wind.  Thank you, Jason 
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Monday November 29, 2010

Russian River Campground is groomed for skating.  Some grooves still exist from early truck tracks but snow is excellent.  Watch out for moose!

 
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Sunday November 28, 2020

The temperature at Trail River is 19 degrees.  All loops and the road
approach have been compacted.  We have a very thin (2 inch) surface.
Be advised that there are some spots (4) where gravel is exposed on
some of the loops.  All in all it should skate pretty well Monday.
Enjoy
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Sunday November 21, 2010

The ice at Lower Trail Lake is exceptional. Colder temperatures have produced thick ice even at the outlet of the lake near the car park. Lots of families enjoying the ice this weekend.
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Sunday November 21, 2010

We went to Russian River Campground yesterday to skate ski, followed by stopping at Tern Lake to ice skate. Russian River Campground is groomed from the pay booth to the end of the road. It is wide, has a gentle hill, a few curves and a loop at the end. Off the main road are narrower loops through the campgrounds. From the parking lot to the end, including all the loops, took about 25 minutes at a steady pace. The snow is cold packed but not icy. Tern Lake is awesome for ice skating. Sections are a bit bumpy but nothing that keeps you off. There where several Moose Pass and Seward families on the ice enjoying the weekend.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

We had a fine time skating today.
The ice at Second Lake is in great shape, we knocked off the rocks that kids always spin out from the north end, there is no apparent wind.
Whether the pole lights are working for night skating, we don't know.
Come catch some skating before the next snow!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rumor has it that Tern Lake at the Seward Highway wye has 5 inches of ice and is skatable
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Sunday November 14, 2010

For a few days, snow conditions in the Seward area were cold and skiable. That has changed. We've lost snow to warm temperatures. Exit Glacier road is ice and asphalt. No reports on other areas.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

No snow yet but fall is definitely here. Won't be long until we get some ice skatingsunny
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