Notes from the
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 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 Pisten 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!