- 3:00 PM, Tue Mar 31, 2015 by Ashley Wise
MSSC plans to groom the road early Wednesday morning for classic and skate. Happy April!
Trail of Blue Ice (Portage Valley)
- 10:00 AM, Tue Mar 31, 2015 by Pravus
Camped in Portage Valley last weekend. The Trail of Blue Ice is ice and snow free and firm enough for a good bike ride.
- 4:00 PM, Mon Mar 30, 2015 by Moufski
We can only hope that most/more people have the patience and common sense to allow the mud season to pass before hitting the bike trails around town. As mentioned, June first has historically been the start date for biking on dirt trails (I have even heard that people used to be fined for being caught on the trails before that date). I have noticed, though, the trails at Kincaid drain so well that people have been able to use them before that date. Or it could be that the last couple of Springs have been relatively dry. In either case, that thing called common sense should play a factor.
Riding in mud ruins the trails and riding rutted out single track full of water holes is a total drag. Especailly knowing the condition those trails started life as.
- 3:00 PM, Mon Mar 30, 2015 by aktrailbreaker
Skate skied groomed road between A Frame and H Pass mine buildings, and then all XC loops east of road. All trails are in very good condition, perhaps some of the best skiing all year, not a sign of melt/freeze--it's still winter up there! (and none of the debris, dirt, spruce needles and twigs that have plagued us all year in Los Anchorage--just clean snow!). A few people have been out walking the trails and punched a few footprints in here and there, but nothing extensive. Classic tracks would even be worth skiing; in good condition the higher you get; perhaps a little washed out by the sun and/or haven't been reset recently. A little icy on some of the (downhill) turns, but plenty of granular snow to work w/ and check your speed...it's so good it's probably worth going up after work!
- 10:00 AM, Mon Mar 30, 2015 by EL
Has anyone been on the bomber traverse recently? Wondering what conditions are like and if any big danger spots?
All dirt trails
- 7:00 AM, Mon Mar 30, 2015 by Cory Smith
I suspect (and hope) that the post about Kincaid by "Dick Wilmarth" was a joke. However, it has spurred a few good comments on the trail reports Facebook page:
It is time to stay off the trails until they dry out. Ruts that form now will last all summer.
- 3:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by Dick Wilmarth
Fat tired (no studs) and hardtailed (studs) on the Bolling Alley today at Kincaid Park. It was navigable for both setups but still icy enough in patches that the hard tail was leading the way. Most of the turns had enough of the bank showing that you could really up your speed in to them and not worry about slipping. It was sloppy and there were lots of pools to splash land in to! We saw no other cyclists which seemed odd for a Sunday at Kincaid. Most of the ski trails were fully grass carpeted and on their way to green. The mud was flying and we were caked at the end!
- 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by John McCormick
Three pullouts south of Cantwell along the Parks Hwy is beautiful snow literally as far as the eye can see. There is plenty of weekend snow machine activity, but there is a lot of only mildly challenging terrain here. Mornings: single digits; afternoons: 30s. This is posted Ahtna land southeast of Denali National Park.
Denali National Park
- 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by John McCormick
Savage River Drainage from the Mountain Vista parking area: frozen overflow and punchy-crunchy snow. Generally, there is little to no snow immediately north of the Alaska Range while there is lots of deep snow immediately south of the Alaska Range.
- 1:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by Terri Pauls
Really nice skate skiing in the bowl today -- several trails creating several loops. Snow up high looked ok for classic, but closer to the parking lot it was more glazed. Plenty of snow up there, though! Thanks to the Mat-Su ski club for the grooming, and please keep us posted with grooming updates for the rest of the season. Anchorage skiers may want to join me in becoming a member of the Mat-Su Ski Club to support grooming efforts at Hatcher. It's not over yet up there! :-)
Bird to Gird Trail
- 9:00 AM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by Norqski
I'm pretty sure bird-gird is totally clear. At least, anything you can see from the highways is clear. I suppose there might be a spot of ice in shadows, but I really doubt it. Get out that bad bicycle and ride!
Bird to Gird Trail
- 7:00 AM, Sun Mar 29, 2015 by Bird - Gird Bike trail
Anyone know if the trail is clear enough to bike? Guessing there's still some avalanche debris at the top but wondering if there's still any avalanche danger at this point? It just seems like summer.
- 9:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Dan Beutel
We skated across the lake today between 12-2. The ice started out rough and got better the further you went, and was best when it softened slightly but not too much after the sun came out. Definitely not hero ice, but still fun if you're thinking about going. Nordic blades are pretty much mandatory, hockey skates would not work well on the uneven stuff.
- 4:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Ipickupmydog'spoo
Saturday afternoon: bumpy, a few nice glides here and there but generally not worth it IMO. Still good enough for the ice sailing but too bumpy for nordic blades.
I think it would still be fun on fatbike with studs, ice is slowly melting but still super thick. No water on top.
- 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by funhog fundogs
Skied south from the bathrooms to the uptrack for Sunburst and returned on the Iditarod Trail. A little bit of everything, snow, ice, earth and water. Touring on waxless skis on wet snow. Temps in the mid 30s, snow mixed with rain, a bit of wind. Fun!
- 12:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by kevin pedersen
Has anyone been out to Eklutha in the past few days. I was thinking of hitting it early in the morning Sunday the 28th. Last Friday night was very good albeit bumpy in spots. Skated end to end.
Arctic to Indian Traverse
- 10:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Frank W
Seems like everyone knows this already, but I had to check it out anyway: snow is thin starting out from the Arctic Valley side and going up Ship Creek. That said, I was able to keep skis on for probably 75% of the time. Made it 5.5 miles and turned around. It is likely possible to make it all the way to Indian, but the thin snow/ice cover makes it slow going. Had some fun skate skiing on Ship Creek for maybe a mile, but then the ice bridges ran out as the channel narrowed.
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