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  1. Kincaid Park

      [Anchorage] - 6:00 AM, Mon May 25, 2015 by Bryan Ogden

    Encountered solitary male black bear on the first bike path that veers off to the left coming off the Coastal Trail toward Kincaid. He just growled and scurried into the brush, but it's worth knowing I guess. Make a little noise when you go out that way for sure.
  2. Far North Bicentennial Park

      [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sat May 23, 2015 by Sus

    Any update on the bear kill at Basher trail head?
  3. Hillside

      [Anchorage] - 7:00 AM, Thu May 21, 2015 by Lauri Bassett

    If you were working on tree/brush removal on the Hillside trail near the Abbottt Road trailhead and left something sharp, contact me to identify it. There wasn't anyone around so I picked it up to make sure it gets returned to owner.
  4. GPRA

      [Mat-Su] - 7:00 AM, Thu May 21, 2015 by Mat-Su Ski Club

    All ski trails are dry and open for foot and bike traffic. Government Peak Hill Climb and Blueberry Knoll trails are open for foot traffic. The Mountain Bike Trails have been closed by the Mat-Su Borough.
  5. Carter Lk/Crescent Lake

      [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Wed May 20, 2015 by Stefan Zijlstra

    We started at the Carter Lake trailhead (not the Crescent Lake trailhead by Cooper Landing). The lower section of trail is dry and clear, but the higher up you go, the more muddy it gets. A few parts of the trail are flooded by the creek, so there are several 2-4 foot wide sections of water to cross. The upper sections of the trail still have snowy patches on them. Carter Lake itself is still frozen. We turned around at Carter Lake, so I don't really know how good/bad the trail is around Crescent Lake, but since it's a similar elevation I would guess that the trail conditions are likely similar as well (with the exception of creek flooding).
  6. Johnson Pass

      [Kenai] - 9:00 AM, Tue May 19, 2015 by RB

    Wondering if anyone has been out on Johonson Pass and was to curious to kno what the trail conditions were? Thanks!
  7. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Tue May 19, 2015 by red8wop

    Another exceptional morning of skiing in the sun! Getting a bit thin and punchy the last 200 meters toward the parking lot. Really good above gold cord
  8. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Mon May 18, 2015 by red8wop

    Nice hard freeze led to excellent corn/crust. Best in the basin above the mine. Lots of marmots and ground squirrels popping out of the snow and running around. Another week or two of good skiing I would guess
  9. Penguin Pk.

      [Southeast] - 9:00 AM, Sun May 17, 2015 by Michael Vogel

    Quite recently a massive avalanche came down the prominent west facing avalanche chute. It almost reached the valley floor, there is snow withing 100 yds of the road. The power, force, violence, of said avalanche are on full display and well worth seeing. If anyone needs to see first hand why avalanches kill, here is the spot. One can only imagine if this had happened on a high snow year, rather than low. It is a big WOW.

    The hike is still doable, the worst spot is down low and it just requires one to pick one's way through the debris field. After about 400-600 yds, things improve. A fellow skied off the summit of the false peak and was able to get about 1/3rd of the way down the chute on skis.

    If one decides for the summit, (the summit of Penguin Pk has an anenometer), the traverse between the false peak and Penguin Pk. has a danger in that the north side of the ridge(badly corniced) is going to give way, one can actually see the fracture line. If you are on that section that gives way the chances of surviving aren't good. Err to the south side of the ridge, very doable and the view is worth it
  10. Indepence Mine

      [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sun May 17, 2015 by Trond Jensen

    Great crust and plenty of sunshine Sunday morning at Hatcher Pass. Skied crust in the Independence Mine area from 8:30 - 11:30. Southeast facing slopes would get punchy as early as 9:30, but West and North facing areas had crust until 11:30.
  11. Government Peak

      [Mat-Su] - 3:00 PM, Sat May 16, 2015 by gdat

    Race trail is in great condition with only a few short patches of snow near the summit. The weather was sunny and in the low 60's.
  12. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Fri May 15, 2015 by red8wop

    No crust but still good corn. Did not freeze last night, but still mostly supportable - better higher, Gold Cord and above. Used wide AT skis that kept me floating but XC skis probably wouldn't have stayed on top.

    If it freezes crust will be good
  13. Far North Bicentennial Park

      [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Thu May 14, 2015 by Mlle Sarah

    The Basher TH is closed for a brown bear kill; the protected moose carcass is just off the trail halfway up, apparently. I wasn't tempted to investigate too closely!
  14. Arctic Valley Ski Area

      [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Wed May 13, 2015 by SG

    Tried to go ski a lap at Arctic, the Army had the road closed. They said the road would be closed until at least the 16th.
  15. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Wed May 13, 2015 by red8wop

    Surprised to find excellent crust/corn considering the low last night was 38. Clear skies led to a hard freeze. Looking uphill, the right side stays firm longest, the left side corns out first.
    Great scenery - including world class athletes in halter tops.
  16. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

      [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Tue May 12, 2015 by Eva

    Secondhand report: Mama bear with cubs spotted on the Coastal Trail just past Point Woronzof (in the direction of Kincaid, pretty soon after the last road crossing). Please be careful, make noise, carry spray, tell others, etc.
  17. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Mon May 11, 2015 by red8wop

    Really good crust/corn. Nice hard freeze last night. Road plowed to mine but gate closed. Good skiing either side of the road. A few flakes somehow falling out of the sunny sky. A skiff of fresh above Gold Cord
  18. Rabbit Creek Rd/Elmore Rd

      [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sat May 09, 2015 by Dan Libbey

    Thanks to the MOA sweeping crew! Great job clearing gravel and debris on both sides of the road (both shoulders). Nicely swept up Rabbit Creek Rd, along Hillside Drive, then down Abbott to Elmore and Elmore to Albrecht Fields bike path.
  19. Government Peak Rec Area

      [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Thu May 07, 2015 by Dave Musgrave

    Ski trails (Matanuska, Susitna and Pioneer Loops), Blueberry Knoll and Government Peak Hill Climb Trails at GPRA are open for foot traffic and dogs on leash only. NO BIKES YET, PLEASE!

    Mountain Bike Trails are too muddy for any traffic.

    We are checking trails daily so watch for additional openings.
  20. Independence Mine

      [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Wed May 06, 2015 by red8wop

    Still excellent crust skiing even with the 10am start!

    Note they are plowing the road to both Independence Mine and Hatcher Pass, I doubt it will open for driving, not sure what they are up to.

    But great crust skiing on either side of the road, all the way to Gold Cord, High Grade and beyond.

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