Notes from the
March 16, 2017
Our 2017 General Membership Meeting
and Annual BBQ will take place on
SATURDAY, APRIL 1st, 2017
and the location will be at "NICE VIEW"
where the Tokositna Winter Trail (North Loop) and the Chulitna Bluff
Trail (CBT) come together. Some of you may recall this as the
Snowmachine pullout along the Chulitna Bluff Trail on top of a small
hill overlooking the Princess Lodge.
For those coming up the Parks
Highway: parking at MP 131 parking lot is limited. Come early
or plan on parking at MP121.5 or MP127 and riding the rest of the
way north. There will be markers along the trails in the snow
directing you to the CRR BBQ.
We will also be featuring our annual
membership drive which is how we afford what we do to keep South
Denali winter-use trail system maintained and groomed with your
memberships and donations to the Curry Ridge Riders.
Single is $20/year, Family is
$30/year and Business Memberships are $50/year.
Any other questions, feel free to
drop us an email at:
Snow...snow... and more snow!!!
Yes it has been snowing quite a bit in the Petersville area,
starting last weekend and continuing through the week. Tuesday was a
blue bird day though and it was spectacular. While still not epic
snow levels of the 80s and 90s, we do have more snow than we have
had in quite a few years and it really nice stuff.
All trails were groomed
this week except the Rabiduex Trail and I did receive a trail report
that the snow bridge at Sawmill Creek, just south of the mile 110
highway crossing, has collapsed. Don't worry it is marked well and
there is a small log bridge just to the left (downstream) that
easily gets you across and on your way.
Alaska Snow Cat
February 17, 2017
news-bad news-much better news this week. 4" of snow fell Monday in
the area followed by warm temps and some rain on Tuesday. Wednesday
it cooled back down and a few inches of snow fell. Thursday
still remaining cool but no additional snow. This morning we woke to
2+ inches of new snow and it is currently snowing. The Safari Lake
Trail, P-ville Rd up to and including the E/W Express plus the
Chulitna Bluff between 121 and 129 were all groomed this week. All
other trails are reported in very good shape and off trail is
looking real good too.
February 10, 2017
From the looks of the trails
and powder this week there was a lot of people having a lot of fun
last weekend. The trails have been smoothed out once again only the
Rabiduex and south half of the Deep Creek trails across the big
swamps was not groomed but are still in good shape. There has been a
slight breeze and cold temps this week so the snow has set up quite
a bit. That will make it a little easier to get farther out so
always be prepared for emergencies. A warm up with chances of snow
next week so keep your fingers crossed.
February 2, 2017
Deep Snow Report!! The last
two back to back storms have dumped over 2' of snow in the
Petersville area. We had a total of 25" here at the home base since
last Friday and it was super deep going up the Deep Creek and
Jim/Mar trails yesterday. I will try and put in the Black Creek
trail today and all other trails have seen the groomer this week.
Lots of fun to be had right now plus great lodging and amenities in
Trapper Creek and Petersville!
January 27, 2017
Some fresh snow to
report this week with 6" plus or minus throughout the area. Deepest
new snow is north and west.
Temps have risen during the week and are currently 37 above but are
expected to go back down by Friday.
Groomed up through
Deep Creek and then down the Jim/Mar trail Monday and it is still
somewhat brushy in spots and be careful near the south end as the
big boulders are still poking out some. The P-ville Road is in
excellent shape all the way through the canyon with a little
overflow on the trail near the bridge. The trails through Kenny
Creek are in.
trails were put in and all the crossings of Bunco and the Tokositna
are in very good shape. There are wands placed north of Bunco Creek
to identify a soft spots in the trail where a spring/creek has open
water. Go around as necessary.
The E/W Express and
Safari Lake Trail were groomed and are in very good condition but
the snow is still thin so be aware of stumps along the edges of the
trail. The CBT will be groomed before the weekend but no grooming
south on the Rabiduex in order to protect the snow bridges from
collapsing during this warm spell.
All in all the
trails are in good shape and riding off trail is improving but the
snow is still a little thin.
January 19, 2017
Heading out the
door to do some more grooming this morning. Monday the E/W Express
and the lower half of the P-ville road was groomed. Tuesday the
entire CBT from Denali State Park to Trapper Creek Inn was groomed
and the Trapper Creek Winter Trail/ Rabiduex was groomed too! Temps
Wednesday and Thursday dropped to -40 so grooming was suspended for
a couple days. Denali State Park is now open to riding and by
next week the Tokositna Trails should be groomed. Snow is still a
little thin but much better with the new +/- 12 inches last weekend.
Denali State Park is open to
January 7, 2017
weeks ago I ran the groomer from 129 to 121 and then the EWE all the
way up to the P-ville Rd and then down the Road to Kroto. Last week
I groomed the Road up to the Jim/Mar trail intersection and then
back to Kroto. Snow is very thin and I won't be able to get off of
the road until there is more snow. The trip down the CBT and EWE was
brutal to say the least.
sections of the CBT that I had ran the dozer through were in good
shape but as soon as I crossed Cygnet Creek I had to start pushing
and cutting trees from time to time. I plan on running the dozer
down the CBT and then up the EWE starting next week some time if the
temps get warmer than the -10 to 5 above we have had for the past
couple of weeks.
April 7, 2016
While the riding in the lower
elevations is winding down, the upper elevations are in great shape.
Grooming of the P-ville Road continues as does the Jim/Mar Trail and
the west half of the E/W Express. Be aware the Canyon route of the
P-ville Road is closed due to multiple avalanches but the route up
and over the top is in very good shape. The best and easiest route
to the good snow in the Dutch Hills is to take the P-ville Rd. out
of the Kroto parking Lot and ride to just before the canyon, turn
right on the Jim/Mar Trail and then turn left when you intersect the
Deep Creek Trail and go up and over. The Deep Creek Trail may also
be ridealbe but it was not groomed this week and I haven't heard of
Be very alert to Avalanche
dangers no matter where you ride!!
April 1, 2016
update on the conditions as I know them. It snowed/rained Sunday and
Monday which resulted in about 12" of slush by Tuesday morning.
Tuesday was pretty nice with no precipitation but then Wednesday it
rained at the lower elevations all day long. Thursday was a nice day
with partly sunny skies and temps in the high 40s.
The snow is
still here in good amounts but is pretty punchy below 1000'
elevation and many creeks, swamps and lakes are flowing water. The
groomed trail system is holding up ok and is solid even where the
water maybe flowing or sitting. Off trail is a crap shoot.
the snow is much better but some creeks are flowing water. I heard
from several good sources it snowed (no rain) above tree line but it
was certainly heavy wet snow. Depending on your level of skill and
adventure it is actually pretty good riding out here and when the
sun pokes out it is just great conditions.
I hope this
helps answer some???????
March 18, 2016
Patty's Day to all !
appear March is going to go out like a lamb.....reports from Trapper
Creek suggest snowfall total the past couple days is around 3 inches
and other areas north of Talkeetna in the South Denali area from 3
to 5 inches new snow. Daytime temperatures are starting to inch
above freezing in South Denali, so expect a thin layer of new crust
in the mornings with hardpack underneath.
As of this
writing, it's 20 degrees in Anchorage at 1pm--which is in stark
contrast to the past several days of 40's for a high! Scratchers
are the order of the day when riding in South Denali for
liquid-cooled sleds, but there is PLENTY of snow base covering
everything since what we did have so far this winter, settled nicely
and gone are the snow-drift ridges we had in the early season.
Bridges are holding up nicely with the cooler nights except for
Rabbideaux Creek which partially collapsed in February, but you can
safely get through there using the powerline trail on the other side
of the highway. Powder snow can still be found far and wide in the
trees if you search hard enough.
are hard and fast and everything is groomed nicely for an enjoyable
ride. This Saturday, 3/19/16 is a Search-n-Rescue and Trail
Grooming Fundraiser by the newly organized "Petersville Community
Non-Profit Corporation" (www.pcnpc.org)
and Michele Stevens. Curry Ridge Riders will have a
membership drive table set up so com'mon by and say hello!
Breakfast is going to be served by the organizers of the event from
930 to 1130am in the Kroto Creek Parking Lot with a Snowmachine
"Fun-Run" (poker run style) taking in GPS checkpoints around the
area. A donation of $20 is requested for the breakfast and
Fun-Run. Parking is going to be tight on Saturday considering this
is the first "countable" new snow in South Denali, so you might want
to park at the free parking in Trapper Creek Inn parking lot and
3/21/16 is our annual Board of Directors elections and your ballot
is needed--don't forget to send it in. Details on place and time
are in a previous email.
THERE AND RIDE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!
March 11, 2016
still happening in the Upper Susitna Valley but...........Spring is
knocking on the door!!! Temps have been above freezing all week but
getting in the low teens overnight.
in great shape and grooming continues all the way from Trapper Creek
up through Denali State Park and throughout Petersville.
temps have made the trails icy and hard in the lower elevations and
the snow off trail is very stiff until the heat of the day softens
things up. Best snow I saw this week is on the west side of Bunco
Bump and in the north along the P-ville Road and Black Creek Trail.
Be aware of
ruts in the trail going to Collinsville/Chulatna Lake as mining
equipment is using the trail. The Black Creek Trail has had the ruts
removed by grooming so that part is in good shape.
March 4, 2016
Well same story as last week. Excellent
riding conditions! Saying that just does not get old. Light snow
feel early in the week on the west side of the trail system. Cooler
temps at night and warmer temps during the day make for great spring
riding. Riding later in the day provides the softer snow conditions
and cooling for the sled. Mid Valley Trail Club is reporting the
same conditions. Rabiduex snow bridge is still out of service near
MP 110. So if you follow the power line you can still go north and
Shout out to Trapper Creek Inn (Tom and
Connie), hosting last weekend’s funds drive for the trail system.
Fantastic Success! A great showing and a huge thank you for all
supporting this most important cause.
If you have not joined a club or
renewed your membership, it’s never too late. Your membership counts
and cost is small, but your support is priceless.
HB 319: This bill was introduced by Rep
Cathy Tilton . This bill is extremely important.
Curry Ridge Riders and ASSA totally support this pending
legislation. It simply increases the registration on the sleds and
allows for a 6 year registration period, in which all funds
collected are earmarked to SNOWTRAC who allocates the funds to
grants for grooming of the trails. SNOWTRAC board is made up of
actually users from across the state. PLEASE call or write your
state representative showing your support for this important bill
preserving maintenance and grooming of our winter trails. Remember
if you ride on borough lands and especially in the state parks, your
sled is required to be registered. Part of our trail system (North
Loop) enters Denali State Park. Remember, our Park Ranger (Chris),
loves to ride, do I need to say more?
Last bit of information, after sending
out the grooming/trail report for almost 7 years, I am stepping
aside and Michelle is going to pick up the reigns. A social media
giant, she is, managing the hot line, the FaceBook page and now the
mail box! Thanks Michelle! If you have not checked out the CRR’s
FaceBook page, you need to!
CRRs would like to thank you all for
your continued support.
Stay safe and hope to see you on the
February 24, 2016
trails were groomed again this week except for the Trapper Creek to
Rabiduex Trail. We had pretty good wind all day Tuesday and it moved
most of the new snow into low lying and protected areas. Warmer than
normal temps are predicted for the next week or so but the snow pack
is holding up real nice as of now. Temps have been below freezing at
night and warm up in the low 30s by noon.
There is a
big Winter Carnival at the Trapper Creek Inn Saturday with lots of
events for kids and a band for the adults. There will be booths with
vendors and the Curry Ridge Riders and Anchorage Snowmobile Clubs
will be present to share club news and sign up members, both old and
new. There will be food to purchase inside the Inn and hot dogs
available out at the gazebo prepared by the CRRs.
Come out to
Trapper Creek this weekend and join in the fun!!
trail conditions, great spring riding temps, new snow fall and no
RAIN so far ! Conditions are nothing like that found in Anchorage,
Eagle River or Wasilla. Come to Snow Country.
Trapper Creek Inn (TCI) is hosting the FUNd the Trails Winter
Carnival this coming weekend. Fun for all, come visit and go
riding. Events scheduled from noon to 6. Event being sponsored by
the Anchorage Snowmobile Club (ASC) and the SnowRider publication.
Riders will be on scene to discuss trail funding issues and renew
hotdogs and chili for all new and renewed memberships.
Well, CRRs now has a FaceBook page. So, between the Mid Valley
Trail Club, Ak Snow Cat, CRRs, ASC and all the Inns and Lodges you
can get the most up to date snow and local riding conditions. Visit
our new page and see the all the scheduled weekend events.
will be done early this week for all the major trails to beat the
warmer temps being forecasted later in the week. Trails should be in
the CRRs trail system encompasses over 120 miles of established,
marked and groom trails. Spanning that large of an area, snow
conditions vary in quality and depth. We ask all to leave comments
on the various FaceBook pages of conditions you encounter for all to
read. Best snow conditions are west and north within the trail
out and show your support.
you this weekend at TCI !
February 17, 2016
seems to be a little concern about the picture of the collapsed snow
bridge on Rabiduex Creek and how that may be signaling an early end
to winter in the South Denali Area. I can assure you that it is
still very winter like up here and even with the warmer than normal
temps this winter, the snow is getting better and better every week.
i heard there was a posting on another site that there is water
flowing over the tops of creeks and the ice is melting etc. Nothing
could be farther from the truth.
Rabiduex Creek as well as most creeks south of Trapper Creek have
warmer water even on a normal or colder winter. We always have
problems with these creek crossing and the big factor this winter as
well as last winter is there is very little snow south of Trapper
Creek which is needed to keep the bridge in good shape. I have only
been able to go down those trails once back in December due to the
low snow. This bridge is about 4 mile south of down town Trapper
Trapper Creek the snow gets deeper and there have been no issues
with the creek crossing so far. I groomed down to Trapper Creek on
the Chulitna Bluff today as well as up the East West Express and the
trails, snow, and bridges are in great shape. There was 2-6 inches
of new snow last week and like I said, it is getting better and
better as the winter progresses. I also groomed down the P-ville Rd
from the EWE to the Kroto Parking Lot and from the EWE to the Safari
Lake Trailhead. It was clear, cold and crisp all day and is
currently 12 above here at the house.
issue is people trespassing on the farming fields just north of
Trapper Creek on the CBT. This portion of the trail bisects privet
property and riding you machine off trail on these properties causes
nothing but trouble, so please don't! Thanks.
February 11, 2016
grooming again this week, north up the Chulitna Bluff, across the
Tokositna, down to the Safari Lake Trail Head and the west half of
the EWE. Plus the P-ville Road through the Canyon, Over the Jim/Mar,
down the Deep Creek and up the Black Creek trails.
will be cutting through the Kenny Creek area, down the EWE to mile
121.5 and finish off on the Chulitna Bluff.
warmed up today to the low 30s and the wind has been blowing pretty
snow but it would be nice to see some fresh stuff.
February 5, 2016
from grooming for the week. All trails were groomed this week except
for the Rabiduex trail south of Trapper Creek. The fresh snow from
last week is keeping the trails soft and so smooth.
has been blowing most of the week and some drifting will be found in
the upper elevations. The temps have been warm after dipping down
early in the week but still very much winter up here.
forecast in the next few days which would be very welcome.
Keep an eye
out for moose as I say quite a few out there this week.
January 21, 2016
has resumed this week, with most of the trails receiving attention.
Views are great and trails are in excellent shape.
Remember, there is over 120 miles of groomed trails in our trail
You can ride south and enjoy the Mid Valley Trail Clubs efforts or
explore the Black Creek Trail.
Temps are looking really nice for a family ride this weekend!
in great shape last weekend. All snowbridges were holding up nicely.
Snow was soft and the best west and north of the reflector tree. No
grooming this past week to conserve grooming funds.
should be good this weekend. Almost Spring riding weather ! Small
amount of snow has falling across the area providing just enough
reminder, register your sleds. Park Ranger was out this past
weekend, visiting with everyone he met, do I need to say more? The
North Loop does enter into the Denali State Park.
your registration dollars come directly back in the form of grooming
family riding for this holiday weekend!
a warmer weekend. Currently 32 above and partly cloudy.
half of the Deep Creek Trail was groomed today as were the Safari
Lake, E/W Express, Kroto Link and the Chulitna Bluff between mile
121 and 129. Trails are in good shape but the snow is pretty hard
off trail from last weeks rain shower and wind in the lower
elevations. The good news is that there is soft snow to be found
north and west of the reflector tree and conditions are great for
getting off trail and exploring the whole area.
Temps are a
little cool and it is currently 2 above with clear skies and no
wind. Come on out, stay at one of the lodges and enjoy some great
from grooming the P-ville Road from the Kroto Parking to up and
through the Canyon. The temps were a bit cool today and are
currently 3 above. There was a little new snow followed by some wind
in the last week and much of the area is looking track free. There
is 3-4' of snow in the higher elevations with much of the creeks and
gullies filled in but also some wind slabs on the steeper slopes.
pretty good riding to me. More reports tomorrow
The weather threw us a curve
ball today. Was 37 above at 6am with a light rain/sprinkle. They
forecast a drop in temps by noon which it did with a brief snow
storm. It is currently 34 and partly cloudy at 1pm with no
precipitation. Grooming is cancelled until after the weekend.
Everyone have a great New
Years and be safe!
Randy and Marita
north through Denali State Park today, then down to the Safari Lake
Trailhead, back up the E/W Express to the P-ville Road and down to
the Kroto Creek Parking. Also went up the first few miles of the
Black Creek Trail.
The snow is
very good on the west side of the Bunco Bump.
I Saw two
of the Common Mures that got blown in from down south but there
wasn't anyway for me to capture and transport them. They need water
to fly off of and the bird center is too overwhelmed to go out and
get them. Sounds like there is a lot of them in the area.
22, no wind, fresh snow and more grooming tomorrow.
connector trail from Kenny Creek Lodge to the E/W Express was put in
today. It may change in the future once I have a chance to meet with
the P-ville folks as they are funding this trail. Stay tuned for any
changes and please remember this is a subdivision with a lot of land
owners who like to keep the area as low key as possible.
Lake, Tokositna, Tokositna Flats and the Northern part of the
Chulitna Bluff Trails were also groomed to today.
stayed cold and are currently -4 but are forecasted to warm up
starting Christmas day.
Christmas everybody and thank you for all the support.
trail system is in. You can reach the trail system from anywhere on
the road system, from MP 105, Trapper Creek Inn (MP 115), MP121.5,
MP127, MP131 on the Parks Hwy and all staging areas on Petersville
Road and the Lodges.
riding is great. Watch all the water crossings, they may have
settled a bit since the snow bridges were put in.
family riding this Holiday Season. Staying at a lodge is a great way
to maximize your riding with the low daylight hours.
Remember, if you want the latest grooming information, see
Alaska Snow Cat Face book page or the CRRs hot line and or web
renewed your membership? Your support and donations may become very
important later in the season. With already low grooming funding
from the State of AK, we may run out grooming funds way before the
end of the season.
Holidays from the CRRs !
December 20, 2015
the Rabiduex Trail in from Trapper Creek to the Big Su Bridge. Snow
thins out the further south you go but it is good trail riding.
Watch for the snow bridges closely as they haven't had time to set
up real good and some settling will occur. Great area to take the
family or beginners and still put on a lot of miles.
Creek Inn really stepped up to the plate today and donated a tank of
fuel to the grooming so take the time to swing in and support their
business. Great place to park and ride too. Thank You!
December 17, 2015
unlike last year, we have snow and trails set for holiday riding.
of new snow fell this week. The Tokositna and Bunco Creek crossings
are in and the North Loop open for riding. Deep Creek trail has been
completed. The entire trail system is almost completed, with the
southern portion from 115 MP to 105 MP that ties to the Mid Valley
system to be completed.
said, the grooming company for the South Denali and Petersville
trail system has decided to report trail conditions and grooming
actions on their FaceBook page as changes occur. So if you want up
to date information, visit Alaska Snow Cat FaceBook page, They will
no longer email a weekly grooming report. You can still go to the
CRRs website and or call the hotlines for information as it changes.
December 10, 2015
Alaska Snow Cat
has been busy preparing all the main winter trails in Petersville and
Trapper Creek this week. After heavy snows and then a lot of rain over
the Thanksgiving weekend, conditions were a little rough to say the
least. All water crossing plus any low areas in the swamps were
flooded but have now refrozen. There is however deep holes, frozen
ruts and crusty snow so the groomed trails are the safest routes until
you get to about 3500' elevation.
Thursday night the following trails are groomed and in good shape:
Petersville Road from the Kroto Parking through the Canyon at the
East/West Express from mile 121.5 on
the Parks Hwy to the Petersville Road
Deep Creek Trail from the P-ville Rd
to the Peter Hills
Jen/Mar which connects the Deep Creek
to the P-ville Rd
Safari/Tokasitna Trail from mile 11.5
of the P-ville Rd to just north of Safari Lake
Chulitna Bluff Trail from Trapper
Creek to mile 129.
will be headed north into Denali State Park to see if the Tokositna
River and Bunco Creek can be crossed. If the crossing can be put in
then that will complete the "North Loop" connecting the CBT to the
Safari Lake trail. Next Week the Black Creek/Collinsville Trail and
Rabiduex Trail will see some attention.
careful out there, the snow is deep but has a thick frozen crust and
there are significant "water features" that are both frozen and/or
deep and unfrozen. Some snow is in the forecast.
November 25, 2015
is snow in the South Denali Area.
With that said, trail grooming has not started yet. Reports of 25"
and more on the ground. Yes, it is warm and raining in areas. DSP is
open. Please be very careful out there crossing swamps, lakes and
creek crossings! The snow is insulating all of those wet areas.
Without a good base, you may see those wet areas up close and
As some of
you were aware the annual Oxygen/Octane Show did not occur this year
and due to weather conditions we were unable to have the annual
BBQ.. Your club membership is very important to the maintaining the
trail system in South Denali/Petersville area. You can download the
membership form from the Web site and mail your membership to us.
There are some interesting events planned early next year and hope
to have the annual CRR BBQ.. Will keep you all informed as
conditions change and events are firmed up..
local businesses who support the trail systems!!!
April 3, 2015
folks the snow season is winding down a little early this year. The
snow came a little late and is leaving a little early but........
there is still some good riding to be found. The E/W Express, CBT,
Safari Lake and Lower P-ville Road were groomed Tuesday. Some bare
ground is starting to show in the lower elevations and some surface
water is showing on the swamps. The creek crossings so far are in
good shape and show no sign of melting.
the P-ville Road was groomed all the way through the canyon to give
great access to the backside of the Peters Hills and the Dutch
Hills. It is still full blown winter back there and looks to be some
great riding still available. The snow is hard in the mornings but
starts to soften by noon. Several miners have been moving equipment
up the Road as well as Black Creek but their tracks have been
groomed over as of this writing.
grooming the Tokositna Trails and putting the groomer away Saturday
morning so keep a look out if you are riding west out of the 131
Trailhead. I should be done by noon.
hasn't been the greatest winter, snow wise, but I hope you all got a
chance to get out and enjoy the trails and area in general. This
year we relied on donations to fund about 15% of the operation and
used up a large portion of the Curry Ridge Riders treasury doing so.
The future funding of the grooming efforts will require more
donations than in the past so please help out when you can. A
special thanks to the Anchorage Snowmobile Club, Weld Air, Northland
Inn, Gate Creek Cabins, Trapper Creek Inn, Michele Stevens, Mat Su
Borough, Alaska State Parks and many others for their contributions
to the success of our trails.
CRRs need new energy in keeping the trail system alive. You may have
noticed almost no trail wands this winter and the signs and snow
depth stakes needing repair. You may also notice there was no BBQ
this year either. All these efforts require people to make them
happen and many of the hard workers from the past are not as active
any more or have retired and moved on. Get involved if you want to
see the trails continue and as I have said before the whole
operation is fragile and the future is always uncertain.
Easter and pray for more snow next year!!
Alaska Snow Cat
March 27, 2015
groomed the P-ville Rd, west half of the E/W Express, Deep Creek,
Safari Lake, Tokositna River, Tokositna Flats and the north part of
the CBT Wednesday, I will be grooming the rest of the CBT and E/W
trails Friday morning. Conditions are warm during the day but the
snow pack is holding well as are the creeks and rivers. The Black
Creek trail has seen many passes by me and other minors using
snowcats so no official grooming was necessary and it is in very
good shape. There are several good weeks of snowmobile riding left.
No more grooming south of 121.5 will occur this season due to low
March 13, 2015
The Upper Susitna
are was blesses last weekend with up to 2' of fresh snow. Temps cooled
way down after the storm passed with minus 10-20 at night and up to
the low 20s above during the day. All the trails were groomed and are
in great shape with good off trail riding too. The typical march winds
are blowing so wind chill is something to take into account when
heading out. There is plenty of good powder riding to be had and it is
the best conditions we have seen so far this year. More snow is
forecast this next week and now is the time to get out and enjoy the
longer daylight, warming temps and fresh snow.
March 6, 2015
week 6"+ new snow fell but turned to rain in the lower elevations.
The Tokositna and E/W (west of the Reflector Tree) Trails were
groomed Tuesday. P-ville Rd, Deep Creek, Black Creek and Jim/Mar
Trails were groomed Wednesday and the Safari Lake Trail was groomed
Thursday. No grooming of the E/W (east of the Reflector Tree) or CBT
was done this week due to warm temps and rain. These trails do have
plenty of snow for riding and accessing the area. More snow is
predicted for the weekend with cooler temps next week.
March 5, 2015
Anyone and everyone who can,
should call in and demand that this money be reallocated to the snow
trac process. This is the only self funded fee system in the state.
It is a revenue neutral program that we fund out of our own
28.39.020 authorized the Department of Administration/DMV to require
and collect a snowmobile registration fee (~$220,000 annually). The
statute does not state what the fee will go toward. Since statute’s
inception the unwritten understanding was that DMV would transfer
the fees generated under AS 28.39.020 to the Department of Natural
Resources/Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation through an
interagency agreement. It was understood that the division would
establish a snowmobile advisory board (SnowTRAC) and funds received
from DMV would be spent on trail grooming, as well as snowmobile
educational and safety projects.
make that transfer
from DMV to Parks was a line in the Governor’s budget. This year,
the Governor’s budget does not include this transfer, barring
any changes the SnowTRAC board and programs are slated to end on
Comment when the budget gets to the Senate side
testimony – contact your Legislative Information Office to find out
when those hearings are in Homer
the LIOs office number is 235-7878
Senate Finance on-line at
B. Written testimony – send at any time to the
Senate Finance Committee; email to the co-chairs but address
to the whole committee
February 27, 2015
Grooming continues in the
Trapper Creek and Petersville areas this week. After some rain last
weekend the temps returned to below freezing and is providing great
grooming conditions for the trails. Like last week, all trails are
currently being groomed with the exception of the Trapper Creek to
Rabiduex Trail which has insufficient snow. Moose Creek on the E/W
Express has been overflowing for a couple of weeks but was repaired
last week and is in good shape. I will be headed down the E/W today
to finish this weeks grooming.
There are many overflow areas in
low lying areas below the 1500' mark but they are all refrozen. The
snow is hard and crusty but about 2000' in the Peters and Dutch
Hills there is a increase of powder on the surface and at 3000' it
is very good fresh snow. The trails are all in great shape, perhaps
as good as they have ever been, and provide great access to the
Have a great weekend,
February 20, 2015
folks, no report this week. Have not heard anything from the field
this week. Last weeks riding was great. Yes, snow is a little thin,
but rode over 85 miles. Watch for overflow. Overflow on Moose Creek
was starting to rise.
grooming report may be down for a couple of weeks. But call the
hotline for the latest information on grooming and trail conditions.
February 5, 2015
grooming covered all the trails except the south half of the Chulitna
Bluff Trail and the Trapper Creek/ Rabiduex Trail. The Black Creek
Trail was put in to the top of the Summit and gives access to Pickle
Creek and the Dollar Creek Trails. Snow conditions are best north of
Safari Lake and South of the Tokositna River. The wind has been
blowing some and the temps were very cold early in the week but as got
warmer as the wind picked up. Clear weather is offering great views of
the Alaska range and Talkeetna Mountains.
January 29, 2015
trails in Petersville/Trapper Creek/Denali State Park received some
attention this week. Chulitna Bluff Trail is groomed and in good
shape. Snow gets significantly thinner as you go south. Rabiduex was
groomed south from Trapper Creek to the first crossing of Rabiduex
Creek. Snow was too thin to bridge creek and snow is very thin for
riding in the area overall. E/W Express was groomed, some stumps,
humps and rocks are poking through the trails so be cautious and
aware. Tokositna Flats and Tokositna River Trails were groomed and
the snow is thin in the "Flats" due to wind. Swamps between safari
Lake and the Tokositna is in good shape with lots of untouched
powder. The P-ville Rd is in very good shape and will hold up well
if riders take it easy on the throttle. The Jen/Mar Trail was set
for the first time this year and is in good shape with some patches
of alders and brush. This trail connects the P-ville Rd. to the Deep
Creek Trail. The Deep Creek Trail was also groomed and also has some
light brush above tree line. The Black Creek Trail was "set" by the
snowcat for the first couple of miles through the nasty switch back,
giving good access to the open swamps. Grooming to the summit will
happen next week. The Safari Lake trail was groomed and is in good
January 16, 2015
As you are
all aware, conditions have not improved. Without additional
snowfall, grooming will be limited. Trails have not been set from MP
121 south to MP105. No additional grooming will happen on the E/W or
most of the North Loop until more snow falls. However, upper trails
will see a weekly grooming. Black Creek/Collinsville trail has not
been set as there is a lot of brush, rocks and a washed out section
that needs more snow.
careful and alert on the trails for stumps and rocks until
additional snow fall.
January 8, 2015
grooming has begun this week in Petersville, Trapper Creek and
Denali State Park. Snow is very thin on the trails but on Monday the
groomer made it down the Chulitna Bluff Trail(129-122), up the E/W
Express, up the P-ville Rd to the Canyon entrance and back down to
Kroto Creek parking.
the road received multiple passes and is in very good shape north
of the Forks but much icier and still somewhat moguled between Kroto
and Forks. The Deep Creek trail north of the E/W to Lunch Box Hill
was also groomed Tuesday.
Wednesday the P-ville Rd from Kroto to the E/W intersection received
another pass and is getting much better. The Kroto Link to the
Safari Trail as well as the Tokositna, Tokositna Flats (Denali State
Park, North Loop) and the north CBT were also groomed.
will continue for the rest of the week with the Safari Lake Trail,
Black Creek and the P-ville Rd. seeing more attention.
is the thinnest I have ever groomed and until more snow falls
grooming will be limited to the upper elevations. Be cautious on the
E/W, Deep Creek, Tokositna and all other trails for stumps, rocks,
holes and frozen ruts. The temps went from -10 Wednesday night to
+21 Thursday morning with light freezing rain.
is deepest north and west of the reflector tree. Be aware there are
many obstacles on and off the trail but still some of the best snow
conditions available in south central right now.
January 6, 2015
As of 5 Jan
2015, the Denali State Park is open to snowmachines. That includes
the North Loop and the Curry Ridge. Please be alert to low snow
levels on the ridge and avoid these areas when riding.
machines require state registration to ride in the State Park.
check for latest conditions in the Park at the following web site:
but slowly conditions are improving !
December 31, 2014
Well, I got
my wish for Christmas. Yes, 8-10" of new snow depending on where
you're at. Good reports coming in from the Peter and Dutch Hills
(2-3 feet). Also 2 1/2 feet in the Safari Lake area. Mid Valley
to the south has their trails set.
Not so good
news, we still could use more snow to groom and set the trails in
South Denali and Petersville area. Denali State Park is still
closed, so the north loop of the trail system is still closed.
Needless to say, snow bridges over the creeks and rivers are still
not in. Some of the trails are marked from the hard work of CRRs
leadership last year, with permanent markers, but large open marsh
areas have not been marked. Trails are going to be extremely rough.
Be alert for stumps. I saw a steady stream of trailers heading
north today. For those of you that don't know, they paved
Petersville Rd this fall. Keep your fingers crossed we make it
through the upcoming week's forecasted warm temps. I will report
when there is something new that develops. Watch for overflow and
be careful out there.
April 13, 2014
We did a
110 mile trail survey this past weekend. Trails throughout the
system were good to excellent in condition despite no grooming last
week. Last week's snow left enough soft powder for lubrication.
Scratchers are still a good idea. Snow was best west and north of
the Parks Hwy. The CBT between MP 121 and 115 had a couple of bare
spots. All snow bridges were in great shape for this time of the
year with the exception of the Rabiduex Creek crossing at MP 110.
Ice bridge is gone and the Rabiduex is open from bank to bank and
flowing. Several inches of wet snow fell Sunday morning, which
might aid to yet another great upcoming riding weekend. All the
seasonally placed wands have been removed from the trail system.
April 11, 2014
Want to thank
everyone for their support who stopped by the BBQ last weekend, it was
a great turnout. Well, it's that time of the year again, grooming is
over for the year and wands are going to be pulled this weekend or
next depending on weather. Trails are still in very good shape. Enjoy
some of the last great spring riding. This will also be the last
grooming report of the season.
April 4, 2014
Ridge Riders annual meeting and Barbecue will take place this coming
Saturday April 5th, at Picnic Point, from 11am to 3pm. This event is
open to all and the food and drinks are free. Membership forms will be
available. The trail to the BBQ will be well-marked along the way.
From MP 121.5 parking lot take the CBT Trail North and continue pass
MP 131 and head towards the Tokositna River. The BBQ will be about 1
mile east of the river crossing. There will be no "ride leader" for
this ride. You can come and go at your own pace. Park at MP 121.5 on
the Parks Highway or at MP131 and heads towards the Tokositna River.
From the Reflector Tree, head north up the Tokositna River Trail to
the North Loop. Follow the signs, you can't miss us. Remember to
always ride with a "Buddy" for safety.
this weekend were great, weather was fantastic, but the snow is
getting thin. Get you riding in while you can. Hope to see you at the
BBQ this weekend
Mar 27, 2014
Warm temps during
the day, cool nights all week. Not much riding time left. Trails are
holding up well. Be kind to the ice bridges. They are becoming
fragile. GREAT spring riding! Hard trails in the morning, becoming
very soft in the afternoon
Mar 20, 2014
main trails in Trapper Creek, Petersville and Denali State Park were
groomed again this week and are in great shape. No new snow has
fallen since last week but there is plenty of untouched swamps with
a foot or so of soft stuff on top of a solid 2-3' hard base. The
wind has been blowing this week down in the lower elevations but I
talked to a large group of riders who were back in the Dutch hills
Wednesday and they reported no wind back there and good overall
conditions. Temps have been near 15 above in the mornings with highs
in the upper 20s. Visibility is unlimited.
trails are hard and somewhat icy in the lower elevations in the
mornings but loosen up nicely by midday. The upper trails have a
nice loose snow surface. Please ride safe and watch out for traffic.
Mar 14, 2014
heavy wet stuff came down last night and still snowing. About 6"
total has fallen this week. 31 degrees right now.
Mar 7, 2014
news for the upper Susitna Valley as 8-16" new snow fell this week.
The deeper snow was seen in the northeast areas and is deeper
generally east of Moose Creek. The base is still a hard and somewhat
icy surface so traction can be affected in the loose snow on top.
All trails have been groomed
with the Rabiduex and Chulitna Bluff trails being groomed
today/Friday. Spring is definitely in the air so get out and enjoy
the great weather and outdoors
Feb 28, 2014
trails in the area remain in great shape this week and all were
groomed except for the Rabiduex Trail south of Trapper Creek. 2-3'
of solid base still remain and the warmer temps have soften the snow
off trail somewhat. We have had below freezing temps at night but
have been into the low 40s during the day since Wednesday. More warm
temps are forecast through the weekend providing spring like
conditions so riding could be very good this weekend.
Feb 21, 2014
trails but the Rabiduex Trail were groomed this week. The Black
Creek Trail was also groomed for the first time since last months
warm spell. The trails are in great shape and with a light snow of
2-3 inches of new snow ice scratchers are not necessarily needed.
The wind and new snow have filled in many of the creeks and holes
but caution should still be used when off trail. The snow pack is
still hard packed but is getting better and I have certainly ridden
on worse. Get out and enjoy the great weather!
trails But the Black Creek Trail have been restored to very good
shape. All the snow bridges have been repaired including Rabiduex,
Sawmill and Rail Road Creek.
There are large patches( think pond size) of ice that the trails now
cross but the ice is very thick and solid and travel is safe. The
only real dangers on the trail system it's self are ruts in the ice
ponds that were put there during the warm spell. They are not real
bad but you should reduce your speed when approaching them. The
trails surface is hard and smooth but does have loose snow on the
surface from grooming. Ice scratchers are highly recommended. No
need to rush and watch for others.
trail riding remain poor as no measurable new snow has fallen since
the warm spell. Lot's of caution if you decide to go cross country
as many creeks have steep frozen banks and provide no access to
cross them. There is still 2-3' of snow everywhere so it is very
winter looking but do be careful.
on out, ride the 100+ miles of groomed trails, grab a bite to eat
and stay at one of the many lodges. The scenery is fantastic!
Feb 6, 2014
we have some better news. The Petersville Rd was groomed Wednesday
from the Kroto parking lot to the entrance of the Canyon. The road
is in very good shape and the freshly groomed surface does provide
some level of loose snow for cooling.
The connector trail to the Deep Creek Trail was put in for the first
time this year and there are still some alders sticking up in the
trail but there are some bypass routes around the worst of it and
the CRRs have plans to put together a work party to cut them down.
The Deep Trail was groomed and the holes and creeks were filled in
nicely. Off trail is hard and treacherous. Use caution in all trail
The E/W Express from the P-ville Rd to the Reflector tree was
groomed as was the "triangle" trail in that area, All crossing of
Kroto Creek are in good shape, but again any off trail travel should
be done with a high level of care.
All other trails remain ungroomed but will have more attention next
week. There are holes and creeks with collapsed snow bridges through
out the area, so be very careful no matter where you go. There is
2-3 feet of snow but it is hard, solid and unforgiving. More
information will be made available as conditions change.
So if your
having riding withdraw, there are some trail options out there.
Please be careful out there. Slow down and enjoy the views.
Feb 2, 2014
The CRRs recon patrol (John, Glenn) were out Saturday checking the
trails. The weather was clear, temp 5 degrees at start end of day 14
Creek Bridge holding, water flowing under
½ mile south of Railroad the trail is washed out
5 miles south of MP121.5 overflow for about 200 feet on trail looks
like standing water but is clear ice
Trapper Creek Bridge on the CBT is sagging but holding.
The swamps south of TCI along the Rabiduex to include the trail is
nothing but a skating rink or ice and overflow. The ice bridge
over the Rabiduex is gone and running water.
Hard and icy
Unknown and unnamed stream has cross under the trail with running
YAH sign gone at the west end of triangle snow is too hard to probe
we are talking rock hard concrete conditions throughout the whole
Bunco Creek Bridge collapsed but still crossable. Just ride down one
section and pop up the other side. Just watch your speed so you
don’t over shoot into the alders
Tokositna river hard and icy and crossing second crossing hard but
rough from suicidal rider playing in the overflow
North loop and Tokositna Flats hard concrete extreme ice conditions
Entrance into the tree line coming off the flats ¼ mile out you hit
polished ice as you slid your way to the tree line frozen hole from
those not so lucky breaking through the ice when it was warm.
Tree line to the first swamp hard concrete
All swamps look like lakes with frozen ice. Hard to keep one’s speed
up with the track spinning on the ice
Nice view to MP 131 a track vehicle used the trail and the tracks
impressions are frozen in time little rough riding.
The Deep Creek Loop
1. The Deep Creek Loop trail is still not set. Low snow conditions
and walls of Alders is keeping grooming from being completed. Now
that we know we can get to the area, we may schedule a work party in
the near future.
With no snow in the near future and temps dipping below 0 at night
for the next week same conditions will exist.
Creeks and rivers are flowing. Bridges are out or in fragile
Recommendations to riders:
If your sled needs powder to cool - stay home. Fan cooled and
radiator cooled sleds good to go. There ain’t no powder to be had!
But if you must go out…Scratchers, New or good hyfax
(check the wear line) Studded track would be nice.
While ridding; keep an eye open for washed out sections of the trail
or you and the sled will drop into a hole. Slow down,
traction on the trail is an issue. Watch going up and down hills,
brakes are a must!
Jan 30, 2014
is good news, the rain and warmer temps are gone. Temps are
moderating and staying below freezing. If you want to ride, be
careful. Creeks and rivers are beginning to refreeze which is needed
before we get snowfall. Reports of overflow and folks punching
through are widespread. Trails are icy, hard packed and rutted which
will require scratchers to help save your hyfax. Watch the swamps,
there could be water under that thermal blanket of snow!
your favorite lodge or inn for local riding conditions. They should
have the game on Sunday, check them out. Grooming will resume as
soon as we get adequate snowfall.
Jan 23, 2014
Well, I wish I could sugar
coat this but I can't. Continuing warm temps plaque the grooming
efforts. Riding is still taking place, just use caution when
approaching overflow and now how deep it maybe before crossing.
Streams are open and flowing. Be very careful crossing the fragile
ice bridges. Any and all trail reports are welcome.
The Board of Directors of the
Curry Ridge Riders is hosting a trail work party this Saturday, 25th
of Jan. Goal is to cut as much Alders as possible on existing trails
and make repairs to signage as needed. Where possible, wands will be
set. The plan is to stage at Trapper Creek Inn. Ride north up the
CBT around the north loop and return back on the E/W. Plan on riding
60-70 miles. Bring a lunch and fluids, we will provide water. Dress
in layers, it will be warm cutting and cool riding. Bring hand
cutting tools if you have them. We will be bringing power tools to
assist. Be flexible, we may change this plan based on what we come
across on the trail. Call the hotline for last minute changes. We
will leave TCI at 10:30 sharp and returning late in the afternoon.
We thank you in advance for
Jan 17, 2014
has brought upwards of 1' of fresh snow to the area with more
falling north and west of the Reflector Tree. Warm temps this winter
are keeping many small creeks and swamp holes unfrozen and caution
should be used both off and on trail near wet areas. No rain has
fallen as of the writing of this report but some is forecast in the
next few days as this latest storm passes over.
The Tokositna Trails, Safari, E/W Express, Kroto Link, Chulitna
Bluff were all groomed this week and are in excellent condition. The
Petersville Road between Kroto Creek and the E/W Express were
groomed as was the Black Creek trail going west from the Forks area.
Deep Creek was set and groomed this week all the way to the 2300'
elevation but the loop over to the upper Petersville Road remains
blocked by alders.
This week the Rabiduex from Trapper Creek to mile 105 near the Big
Su Bridge was groomed for the first time this season and while the
snow is thinner to the south, this area has lots of good swamp
riding. The snow bridges on this trail are especially fragile and
have open water next to them and should be crossed carefully.
Our wanding team is going to be placing wands in the next few weeks
and if you see any volunteers working on the trail be sure to thank
everyone's help in reporting creek crossing status. With the creeks
still flowing, Ice bridges being extremely fragile can fail quickly.
Please report any and all conditions!
Enjoy the area as the snow is slowly getting better and be safe.
Dec 10, 2013
I just got back from a short blast
down the ditch on the snogo and am assured winter is definitely here.
This year Alaska Snow Cat received a significantly reduced amount of
grooming funds from the State. The Mat Su Borough is providing
supplemental funding specifically for the Black Creek Trail which
requires an equal match. The past two years Alaska Snow Cat has
provided that matched grooming without compensation. This year the
Curry Ridge Riders (CRRs) will provide the match.
I renewed both the CRRs Trail Care
Agreement with the Borough as well as signed up Alaska Snow Cat with
their Trail Care Program. The CRRs need to track all of the volunteer
work done by the members as well as all donations as both the Borough
and the State are requesting that information.
Around the 15th of December, I
will start prepping and setting the trails for the Holidays. After the
first of the year I will be doing the normal weekly grooming as the
weather and funding permits. I will be reducing the number of weeks of
grooming but still hitting all the trails. The Rabiduex Trail will be
groomed only a few times this winter so the snow bridge across Sawmill
should be maintained and marked over the log bridge just downstream.
Signing and good trail reports will be more important than normal this
year. We need all your support in donations and volunteer labor in
trail work when needed.
Your comments, recommendations and
or suggestions are always welcome.
Alaska Snow Cat
Mar 21, 2013
all the trails in the area have been groomed and are in great shape.
The weather has been clear and cold with no melting of the snow pack.
Most of the open areas are wind blown from last week but softer snow
can be found in the trees and back in the valleys and deeper in the
forecasted by the weekend and with the longer daylight, riding this
time of year is always good. Be safe and enjoy.
Mar 13, 2013
conditions remain spectacular in the Petersville and surrounding areas
right now. Temps remain just about perfect with mid teens at night and
low to mid 30s during the day. Powder can still be found at higher
elevations. All the main trails will be groomed this week and are in
The snow bridges at Rail Road Creek, Rabiduex Creek and Sawmill Creek
remain very fragile and caution should be used when crossing them for
the rest of the season as water begins to flow beneath them.
Watch out for
overflow and crossing creeks and lakes as the warmer temps are
causing water to begin to flow.
Also, be careful when driving up the P-ville Rd as the unpaved section
remains very icy and slick.
support the Snowmobile Club of South Denali, join the Curry Ridge
Riders. Go to
an application today.
Get out and ride! There are not
many days left.
Mar 7, 2013
conditions are spectacular in the Petersville and surrounding areas
right now. Temps are just about perfect with mid teens at night and
low 30s during the day. All the main trails were groomed this week and
are in great shape.
bridges at Rail Road Creek and Sawmill Creek have been rebuilt but
remain fragile and caution should be used when crossing them for the
rest of the season.
careful when driving up the P-ville Rd as the unpaved section is very
icy and slick. Have a great weekend!
Feb 28, 2013
riding to be had in the north valley this week. The temps have been
warm and the snow remains soft. Some winds in the upper elevations but
still very good snow all over. All the main trails have been groomed
with the exception of the Rabiduex but it is also in great shape!
progress into spring riding be careful of open water areas and any
snow bridges on the trails. Go easy, watch out for each other and have
a great weekend.
Feb 22, 2013
fun to be had in P-ville right now. 6" of fresh snow this week and all
the trails have been groomed with the Safari and Tokositna trails
being groomed today, Friday. Off trail riding is fantastic too and the
mountains have seen some moderate winds but the snow is still soft and
not crusty. Come on out!!
Feb 14, 2013
conditions just get better and better in South Denali!
fell this week with deep snow to the north and west. The temps
have been in the mid twenties with some snow almost every day. All the
trails were groomed this week with the exception of the Rabiduex
Trail. The sun is suppose to come out this Saturday and will make
riding conditions perfect. Have a great weekend.
Feb 8, 2013
conditions in Trapper Creek, P-ville and the rest of the South Denali
area right now. Well over a foot of fresh snow has fallen this week
and more is predicted over the next week. A 3-4' base can be found
throughout the area and it gets deeper to the north and west.
were groomed this week and there is plenty of off trail riding too.
Temps are warmer than usual and we have not received any high winds so
the conditions couldn't get much better. Grab a friend and go ride
Jan 31, 2013
were groomed this week including the Trapper Creek/Rabiduex down to
mile 105 of the Parks Hwy. The Moose Creek Crossings are all refroze
and in good shape. 8-12" of new snow has fallen and riding is starting
to look real good. There are still a few alder patches on the Deep
Creek and Tokositna trails but are thinning out and can be easily
negotiated. Staking and marking the trails continues and should be
completed by the end of the weekend.
Jan 24, 2013
with the exception of the Trapper Creek/Rabiduex trail was groomed
this week. The North Loop, Tokositna Trail and Safari Lake Trail were
groomed Tuesday. Black Creek, Deep Creek and The P-ville Rd were
all groomed Wednesday as was the E/W Express. The Chulitna Bluff Trail
was groomed today, Thursday.
The deep hole from last weekend has been repaired but there is still
an open area of water on the west side of area that is 50' or more
that you will need to water skip. The water is 18"-24" deep. If you
do not know how to cross deep water in your snowmobile do not attempt
this water crossing.
Other snow bridges on the trail are in good shape but some have
overflow on the edges as the water continues to rise. Please go easy
on the wet snow bridges as they are easily damaged and start to flood
as more traffic crosses them.
North Loop has brush sticking up as the snow level is still lower than
normal. Go slow and you will have no problem.
has snowed several inches this week and is snowing right now so the
riding is getting better. Best snow can be found west towards the
Jan 17, 2013
I groomed the P-ville Rd. from Kroto parking lot to
the Deep Creek connector trail (Jen/Mar Trail) Up and over to the Deep Creek
and Down the Deep Creek Trail to the E/W Express. Also the E/W from the
Petersville Rd to the Reflector tree was also groomed today.
About the 1500' elevation mark is where the crusty
surface turns to powder. The hills are good riding but there are still
plenty of alder patches to negotiate. Everything below 1000'. has a thick
crust of ice that the skis stay on top of but the track breaks through.
Lot's of overflow in the creeks and low areas at the lower elevations.
overflow on the trails north and west of the Reflector Tree and also
on the E/W at several of the creek crossings. Snow bridges have been
built at those locations today but please go slow when crossing them
to prevent damage. There is a small section at the Moose Creek
crossing that did not get bridged but is only a couple inches thick so
again please go slow.
snowcat will be on the E/W and CBT tomorrow so please keep a look out
and ride safe, thanks.
you do care to donate, either send it directly to the Curry Ridge
Riders or at Trapper Creek Inn. No other donation jars are turned over
to the grooming program. Thanks for all the support!
Jan 11, 2013
must say I have never seen the snow in January like I am seeing it
this year! And I hope to never see it like this again.
12" is a
conservative average of total snow depth for the entire Trapper Creek
and Petersville area. There are some swamp pockets that have a little
more and just as many wind blown areas that have less. There is really
no more snow at the base of the Peters Hills than you will find in the
low lands near the Chulitna River. Pre Thanksgiving snow is the best
way to describe the current conditions.
news however is the groomer has made it through some of the trails and
has improved the trail riding somewhat. Be warned however, there are
plenty of humps, bumps and stumps out there and slow and cautious is
the name of the game. If you want to get out and explore the area as
you would in the summertime on a 4 wheeler or play on the lakes with
the kids, then you will be in good shape. If you want to blast through
powder and carve and jump then you would be best to move on to a
different location. Tree riding is not recommended.
Chulitna Bluff Trail (CBT) is groomed from mile 129 to the Trapper
Creek crossing near Susitna River Road. You should be able to access
this trail fairly easy from all the businesses in down town Trapper
West Express (EWE) is groomed from the mile 121.5 parking lot all the
way west to the Petersville Road. The first 6 miles is in very good
shape with very few stumps. West of Moose Creek the stumps become more
evident and west of the Reflector tree be very cautious in the treed
areas and be aware of an occasional rogue rock in any of the swamps.
Lake Trail is groomed from mile 11.5 of the Petersville road to the
Reflector tree. Not many stumps but the swamps are not real smooth due
to the lack of snow.
Petersville Road was groomed from the Kroto Parking to the Jen/Mar
Trail. It is in good shape but be cautious of glaciated areas coming
across the road especially after the Petersville Townsite. Travel
beyond the groomed section and through the canyon is very dangerous
and reports of sever glaciating in the canyon is reported. Equipment
was traveling on the unplowed portion between the Kroto Parking and
the Kenny Creek turn off after it was groomed so be aware of tire ruts
and uneven surfaces.
continue to work with the hand we have been dealt this winter and
report back with news. Oh, the good news is that it has started
snowing this morning!!! Go snow Go!!
Mar 16, 2012
There is some great spring
riding to be found in the upper Susitna Valley right now. The
temperatures are near or below zero in the morning but quickly rising
to the mid twenties in the afternoon. The snow pack has settled some
and is wind blown in many areas but shows no sign of melting anytime
All trails are in great shape and everything but the Rabiduex and
south half of the Chulitna Bluff were groomed this week. Be cautious
of the snow bridge crossing Rabiduex Creek south of Trapper Creek as
it is reported to be one lane only. Also reports are the P-ville Rd
going through the canyon to Cache Creek is blown in and not
recommended for travel. If you plan on going to Cache Creek or the
Dutch Hills then it is best to go over the top of the saddle/notch or
go south to Pickle Creek.
Be careful, ride to the right hand side of the trail and be prepared
for oncoming traffic as there are lots of people out enjoying the area
Mar 9, 2012
Snow is Great! Temperatures are Great! Trails are
Great! The only thing missing is you!
Another 10-14" of snow fell earlier in the week and there is still 5' or
more snow on the level. Colder low temperatures in the -10 range turn to
highs near twenty in the late afternoon. All the trails are in great shape
with all but the Rabiduex being freshly groomed this week.
The Community of Trapper Creek is having their Cabin Fever Reliever Saturday
and the Forks Road House is having it's Rodeo and Drag race also Saturday so
come out and have some fun.
week of fresh snow and spring like temps blessed the South Denali
area. 6"-10" of new snow fell Tuesday through Thursday and then the
temps dropped well below zero Thursday night. Lots of untouched powder
in all types of terrain and in all directions. All trails, with the
exception of the Rabiduex Trail, have been groomed or are in the
process of being groomed by the weekend.
The snow is deeper than it has been in years and has a good solid base
with a soft surface. The alders are buried and thinned out so off
trail riding is at it's best. Reports indicate some open leads on the
upper Tokositna River so use caution when traveling up valley towards
the glacier. As always, give moose plenty of room and don't hesitate
to get out of their way as they are stressed this time of year.
Have a great weekend!
winter continues to bless the upper Susitna Valley with more snow, and
10-18" of new snow has fallen in the past week and is deeper towards
the mountains. Temps are generally 15-30 degrees and the snow pack has
a great base with a soft covering. Perfect all around riding
conditions but remember as the snow gets deeper so do some of the open
warm spring holes and creeks so ride with care.
trails were groomed this week and are in great shape but expect
oncoming traffic by riding to the right. A reminder to give moose a
break as they are struggling somewhat in the deep snow and also like
the hard packed trails so give them lots of room if you have a chance
encounter. Enjoy the weekend.
is in full swing in Trapper Creek and Petersville right now. The temps have
been warmer with lows around 0-10 above and highs in the upper 20s. No rain
or melting conditions have come this way and there is some new snow
predicted in the forecast. We have had some winds that have hardened the
snow in the open areas but everything is filled in and smooth with little
drifting. Soft snow can still be found in the trees and leeward side of the
hills and mountains.
All the groomed trails remain in
great shape and have been groomed or are in the process of being
groomed by the weekend. Only the Rabiduex Trail from Trapper Creek to
the Big Su Bridge remain ungroomed this week as reports indicate it is
still in great shape and ready to ride. We are half way through the
season so don't hesitate to get out and see this winter wonderland.
miles of groomed trails in Trapper Creek, Petersville and Denali State
Park remain in great shape this week. We received 12"-14" of new snow
so far with more in the forecast and this is on a 4'-5' base. The
temps have warmed up nicely and the snow on and off trail just doesn't
get any better.
Loop in the Park, Tokositna, Safari Lake, Kroto Link, Deep Creek,
North P-ville Rd., and West half of the E/W Express were all groomed
on Thursday. The South P-ville Rd., Black Creek, East half of the E/W
Express and Chulitna Bluff Trail will all be groomed Friday. Only the
Rabiduex Trail will not be groomed this week but is also in great
enjoy and be safe.
The wind has
finally died down in the Petersville and Trapper Creek areas but the
temps have also cooled down and have been below zero throughout
the area. All trails have either been groomed or will be groomed
by the weekend. Hard crust and drifts are present in the open
areas but lots of soft powder with a good base can be found in the
trees and areas blocked from the wind. Watch out for moose as they
enjoy the trails too but are becoming stressed and agitated as the
winter wears on them. Get out and enjoy the beautiful sights and
longer daylight hours as spring is just around the corner.
of Alaska, the South Denali area received quite a bit of snow this
week. 4-12" fell early in the week and then 12+ additional inches fell
Wednesday night and tapered off late Thursday. Winds were fairly
strong west of Moose Creek during and after the storm and are
forecasted to continue through the weekend although not as strong.
Friday was a gorgeous day but temps dropped below zero as the sun set.
Rabiduex Trail was groomed before the storm but is still in good
shape. The P-ville Rd and the Black Creek Trail were groomed Thursday
during the storm but grooming was postponed as the winds picked up.
The P-ville Rd up to the E/W Express intersection was groomed again
Friday and is in excellent shape. The E/W, Safari Lake Trail,
Tokositna Trail north toward Bunco Creek and the Chulitna Bluff Trail
North to 129 were also groomed Friday and are in top notch shape. The
North Loop, Deep Creek Trail and the North portion of the P-ville Rd
were not groomed and received the deepest amount of snow. Be prepared
for deep snow riding north and west of Trapper Creek.
chills are expected to get near -45 this weekend but the sun will be
out and the views are fantastic. Be prepared and ride safe.
Jan 5, 2012
Temperatures finally climbed to a tolerable level after last weeks
frigid conditions. 3-5 inches of snow fell today combined with a north
wind which created slight drifting in the swamps. The CBT was groomed
from mile 129 to 121.5 today as was the E/W Express, Kroto Link and
the Safari Lake Trail. Tomorrow the Petersville Rd from the Kroto
Parking to the E/W intersection, the Black Creek Trail, the Tokositna
Trail and the North Loop in Denali State Park will all be groomed. The
Deep Creek Loop and Rabiduex trails will not be groomed this week.
remains in great shape and there is more in the forecast so have a
great time this weekend.
this week grooming was completed on the CBT, around the North Loop,
Tokositna Trail, Kroto Links and Safari Lake Trail. Wednesday grooming
of the Petersville Road from Kroto Parking to the Canyon entrance and
up to the base of the Peters Hills, The Black Creek Trail, Deep Creek
Trail and the E/W Express were completed. Thursday the Groomer is
headed south on the CBT and Rabiduex to mile 105 to complete the
grooming of the entire system for the week.
temperatures are slightly cooler this week and 2-3" of new snow fell
on Tuesday. The snow pack has a good base but is still soft and deep
in most places. The Peters Hills have more snow on them then they have
had in many years and the alders are slowly disappearing so come out
and enjoy the New Year.
and grooming the trails in Trapper Creek and Petersville continued
this week. The Chulitna Bluff from Trapper Creek to Denali State Park
is in very good shape. The E/W Express from 122 to the P- ville Rd is
in very good shape with all snow bridges looking very good. There are
a few patches of overflow that are frozen but noticeable in the swamps
east of the Reflector Tree.
Lake, Tokositna and Kroto Link Trails are in very good shape and all
snow bridges are in and holding up well. The snow bridge across Bunco
Creek is in but be cautious as it tends to settle early in the season
and it is narrow with steep sides.
Petersville Rd is groomed all the way from the Kroto Parking to the
canyon and is in great shape. Watch for trees leaning into the trail
just north of Deep Creek. The trail connecting P-ville Rd to the Deep
Creek Trail is in but the wind has been blowing and will fill in the
Creek Trail going west from the Forks Roadhouse is set and groomed for
the first several miles until you break out into the swamps.
Creek Trail is in, groomed and in great shape.
Loop is groomed from mile 131 to the first Tokositna crossing and the
from Bunco Creek, across the west Tokositna crossing and then a couple
of more miles. That leaves the most northern section ungroomed but
people who are familiar with the trail are riding through.
is deep and soft and the temps have been fairly warm for the last two
weeks. There is a fair amount of overflow in the creeks and swamps
that may not be noticed until you ride through it. The trails are also
soft and will bump up fast if ridden aggressively. Wands have not yet
been put out on the trails so know where you are going.
careful, stay to the right and enjoy the powder.
Dec 7, 2011
Headed out the E/W
today and started pushing stumps and trees at the highway crossing.
Encountered a little pucker factor at the first swamp crossing when
the left track suddenly dropped and the snow fractured about ten feet
out. Slowly backed out and stuck to the very perimeter as the swamps
are still a little soft despite the cold temps last month. I widened
the trail at the first creek crossing big time . This has been a
problem area in the past and the winds dropped several big trees in a
tangled mess. I continued up to towards the next swamp opening where
a monster spruce tree had been blown over onto a monster birch tree
and is doing it's best to block the trail.
I had just
started to push the tip of the spruce in hopes of snapping it off when
it slid up and over the blade and proceeded to wipe out the air intake
cap and exhaust and ended up basically in my lap. Had it not been for
the ROPS I would probably be knocking at the Pearly Gates, although I
don't know if they would let me in. I ended up walking out and going
home to order parts and get my sled and chainsaw. The dozer has been
cut free and is parked safely out of the way.
I rode the snogo
out the trail and there are only a couple of trees that will have to
be dealt with in order for the snowcat to get through. I only made it
to Moose Creek where I found the usual overflow situation and decided
to turn back as it was getting dark and I had already used up what
little luck I had. Trapper Creek has snow covered overflow and an open
lead just downstream of the crossing and another stream also had
overflow. Yesterday when I had a good view of the Chulitna River I
was amazed to see overflow from bank to bank.
Mar 31, 2011
this is the last grooming report for this winter as the temps have
warmed to the point that grooming is difficult and the funding is has
all but dried up. All the trails were groomed this week with the
exception of the Rabiduex Trail which is still in fair shape but the
snow bridges are starting to sag. The snow pack in general is still in
the 3' range and 1-4" of new snow fell last night. All of the trails
are holding up real good and off trail the snow is softening up but
can be a little punchy in the trees by midday.
has been a very successful season and I want to thank all those that
helped maintain and fund the trails as all the hard work has resulted
in one fantastic trail system. Get out and enjoy the remainder of
winter as the days are long and the temps are warm!! See you all next
Mar 17, 2011
in the South Denali area are in great shape and all were groomed this
week but the Rabiduex Trail which also is reported in good riding
condition. The weather has been clear with no new snow and the temps
are cold at night and reach the low 30s during the day. All the rivers
and swamps are in very good shape with no sign of breakup yet. There
is a lot of good untracked snow to be found in the lower elevations if
you get out and explore off trail and the Black Creek trail towards
Collinsville and the Kahiltna River was groomed again this week for
the first few miles west of the Forks Roadhouse.
Another reminder that the Curry Ridge
Riders are holding there annual BBQ at the Reflector Tree on the 26th
of March and they have free food for everyone and door prizes for
those that join up or renew their membership. Support the club that
supports the trails!
Mar 10, 2011
all the trails but the Rabiduex were groomed in the South Denali area.
The trails are in great condition and the temps are considerably
warmer this week with lows around 10 and highs in the upper 20s and
low 30s. The wind has returned and was steady and strong midweek. The
snow pack remains stable and you can go just about anywhere but off
trail powder is getting hard to find.
to thank all those that have supported the trail efforts over the
years by giving a little bonus grooming on the Black Creek Trail
which goes west from the Forks Road House towards Collinsville past
the Iron Bridge. This week I roughed in the first few miles of the
roadbed to the point it starts to open up into the nice swamps and
trees. I only used the snowcat this week, which makes a huge
improvement, and next week I will pull the drag up there to really
smooth things out. Next year the plan is to add this section of trail
to the grooming program if the funding is available. Enjoy.
I hate to
say it but winter is not going to last forever so get out and take
advantage of the longer daylight and enjoy the fantastic views!
Mar 3, 2011
system in the South Denali area is in great shape this week.
groomed except the Rabiduex, south half of the CBT and the Kroto Link
however those trails are reported to be in excellent shape.
wind drifts were encountered on the upper section of the P- ville Road
but the Piston Bully cut them flat for now. Winds have continued this
week so more drifting may occur. The temps have been near or below
zero in the mornings but have climbed into the twenties during the
day. The snow pack is in good shape although the wind has hardened
things up somewhat. There is lot's of good riding to be had so get out
and enjoy it while it lasts, spring will be upon us before you know
conditions remain in very good shape in the Trapper Creek, Petersville
and Denali State Park areas. Monday the CBT and Rabiduex trails were
groomed, Wednesday the E/W Express, Deep Creek and P-ville Rd were
done and Thursday the Safari Lake, Tokositna, Kroto Link and North
Loop Trails were all done.
were colder than normal in the first half of the week but warmed up
today as the next weather system moved into the area. Only a light
breeze was evident out in the swamps but the snow remains moderately
windblown from last week. The snow depth is still very good except for
the exposed ridges on the Peter Hills and the base snow pack allows
easy off trail riding.
currently snowing and the forecast is calling for 2-6" Friday and
clear skies for the weekend. It doesn't get much better than that!
Get out and enjoy the weekend.
trails in the Trapper Creek/P-ville area were groomed this week with
the exception of the Rabiduex Trail from mile 105 to Trapper Creek.
The Rabiduex will be groomed next week!!
are in great shape and with the colder temperatures are holding up
blew quite a bit last weekend and early this week, so drifting was
noticeable on the upper P-ville Rd. as well as the North Loop but the
snowcat smoothed them out real nice. Also the wind filled in a lot of
the holes and dips but the snow is still generally soft.
at or below 0 most mornings this week but 15-20 above was common
during the day. No new snow as the big storm has not hit yet but the
temps have risen after the sun went down so hopefully there will be
fresh powder for the weekend.
Curry Ridge Riders are 15 years old this year and we done some
incredible things so if you are not a current member Join
fresh snow fell this week in the north valley with deepest amounts
north and at higher elevations. The snow pack is in great shape and
the tracks from last week are pretty well covered up. The temps were
in the low 30s Monday through Wednesday but were in the high 20s
today. The new snow is light and fluffy with no crust.
there was no trail report but all trails were groomed except the
Rabiduex trail but it remains in very good shape. Also last week a new
trail was put in connecting Lunch Box Hill, at the headwaters of Deep
Creek, to the P-ville Rd by climbing up in elevation and following the
Jim/Mar Trail. This makes a better loop and gives great views from the
2320' elevation as well as better access over the top of the Peter
all the trails were groomed except the Rabiduex and the CBT from
Trapper Creek to the mile 121.5 trailhead. Again, reports indicate
those trails are in very good shape.
been an increase in Moose on the trail systems and also the roads with
the deeper snow. Keep an eye out and be patient as they are starting
to struggle in the deep snow. Have a great weekend.
Jan 27, 2011
The temps early this week were in the -25 range in
the low lying areas but have rebounded nicely and are currently 15 above.
2-6" of new snow has fallen in the area with deeper amounts towards the
mountains. The trails remain in very good shape and grooming this week
consists of the north half of the CBT, E/W Express, P-ville Rd south of the
E/W, Safari, Tokositna and North Loop Trails.
With warmer temps predicted for the weekend and the
fresh snow continuing to fall, the riding will be very good through out the
area, however flat light, may make above tree riding challenging at times.
Jan 21, 2011
early this week were in the -25 range in the low lying areas but have
rebounded nicely and are currently 15 above. 2-6" of new snow has
fallen in the area with deeper amounts towards the mountains. The
trails remain in very good shape and grooming this week consists of
the north half of the CBT, E/W Express, P-ville Rd south of the E/W,
Safari, Tokositna and North Loop Trails. With warmer temps predicted
for the weekend and the fresh snow continuing to fall, the riding will
be very good through out the area, however flat light, may make above
tree riding challenging at times.
Jan 14, 2011
Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 10 PM this evening to noon akst
Saturday for north of Talkeetna...Strong wind tonight and Saturday
Jan 14, 2011
the grooming of the trails has gone very well and the trails in the
Trapper Creek /P-ville and Denali State Park are in great shape. The
E/W Express received several passes this week and is as smooth as it
possibly can be. The Petersville Road is also in the best condition
possible. The Deep Creek Trail/Loop was groomed this week and ads
another quick enjoyable route to the Peters Hills or is a great trail
ride in it's self. The Safari, Tokositna the North Loop Trails are
very smooth, and provide easy access to the State Park and the
Tokositna River with spectacular views of the Alaska Range.
Rabiduex Trail was not groomed this week but reports are that it
remains in very good shape. The CBT was groomed also and provides
beautiful views of the Chulitna River and old growth forest as well as
access to downtown Trapper Creek.
have not been as low as predicted this week and are above zero with
higher elevations in the low 20s. The wind is brisk today with some
moderate gust but are predicted to calm down by the weekend.
more daylight, great trails and many good lodges and
restaurants in the area to warm up and replenish your body and sled.
parking lots have been plowed out since the last big storm and the
groomed trails are wanded for good visibility. Get out and enjoy the
area while the getting is good.
Dec 24, 2010
The CBT, E/W,
Safari Lake, P-ville Rd, Deep Creek, Kroto Link, and Rabiduex trails
have all been groomed. All the snow bridges are in good shape on these
trails. The North Loop and Tokositna trails will be groomed Friday.
The snow is thin south of Trapper Creek but the trail is smooth.
A special thanks to Bob and Josh
Filter and Rodney Thomason for helping out on the E/W to get it open.
Happy Holidays to all!