Alaska Outdoor Reports User-submitted reports on outdoor conditions around the state of Alaska. en-us Chester Creek Trail Feb 18 3PM: Skate skied Chester between Goose Lake and ANMC and Russian Jack lighted loop to find mostly firm packed snow with no new groom except for a short stretch where it appears that the dog mushing route was packed and dragged. The groom cut off at Bragaw to run through the interior of the APU trails. Expect more activity this week as fences are put up leading to the Fur Rondy sprint dog races next Fri, Sat, and Sun.
Report by Larry Rundquist Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:18:29 -0500 Abbott Loop Community Park Feb 18 2PM: I found a pair of adult size mittens on Elmore, just N. of the parking lot entrance. If the belong to you shoot me an email and we’ll get them back to you. Mountainfreak8 ‘at’ Report by Pt Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:16 -0500 Portage Lake Feb 17 6PM: Beautiful conditions for a walk across Portage Lake today. Several fat-tire bikers seemed to be doing fine, but no one seen on the lake on skis; looks as if the surface would be rough for skiing (very little snow on top of the ice) and definitely bumpy for ice skating. Report by Loraine Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:17:06 -0500 Eklutna Lake Feb 17 5PM: A few inches of faceting snow on ice. Great fat bike riding, looked like classic xc skis were also fine, skate skiing didn't look so great but maybe the highly skilled and strong could make it work. There is some cold air pooling at the lake so bring smart clothing choices. There was a light breeze near parking lot but calm winds out towards the back of the lake. Report by Ipickupmydogspoo Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:40:16 -0500 Eklutna Lake Feb 17 4PM: Any recent news on the Lake?
lakeside trail?
and the road to the lake?

Many Thanks! Report by Val Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:43:21 -0500 Independence Mine Feb 17 11AM: Groomed trails are getting really beat up from walkers, dogs, bikes, and even snowshoes, especially on the road between the parking lot and the buildings. Snow is soft, so lots of holes in the trail. Still nice to be out in the sun, though. Upper loops are great. A big shout out to the groomers who keep this area so much fun to ski! Report by Susan Sommer Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:55:57 -0500 Arctic to Indian Traverse Feb 17 9AM: It was a beautiful day, but hella long. Left from Arctic at 8:45, got to top of pass at 6:30. You don't want to know how long it took us to get down to Indian in the dark (suffice it to say the Brown Bear was closed). Snow bridges not as numerous as when we skied the traverse last April, which delayed our progress on the first 1/2 of the trip (we lost a lot of time in the woods when the river ice turned ended in open water and the choice was to turn back and retrace steps or slog through the woods). Broke the trail up through the pass and down the other side. Don't recommend the nocturnal descent into Indian. Maybe wait for more daylight and have better route finding! Report by Cape St. Elias Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:30:38 -0500 Upper Huffman Feb 16 6PM: Gasline and Powerline Trails were groomed with drag at least between Prospect Heights and Glen Alps. Good for classical and skate skiing. Steeper uphills a bit soft for bikes, but may have set up with cooler overnight temperatures. Cross trails are foot-traffic and skier packed. Report by Skijoring Ladybugs Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:54:49 -0500 Kincaid Park Feb 16 3PM: Skiing back to Raspberry Parking Lot from the Lower Lake Loop. Coming up the hill, two people had walked up the Trail trashing the right tracks and center. Report by Sue Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:40:35 -0500 Moose Range Feb 16 2PM: Just finished grooming double wide 7 mi of trail from Buffaflo Mine-Moose Wallow first bridge to second bridge to Murphy corner including campsite. Great snow = 3-8 in base 25 deg sun - get it now! Probably soft to bike but I am going to try skating. .donate because you love it? Report by karen Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:03:15 -0500 Kincaid Park Feb 16 2PM: Many thanks to the skate skier who collapsed large portions of the track on the classic only Lake Loop. Further kudos to the runner who chose to run on the same tracks. Please utilize the appropriate trails for your winter activities. Report by Old Skier Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:14:10 -0500 Knik Glacier Feb 16 1PM: Fat Bike to Knik Glacier was great today (under low clouds) but will be fabulous tomorrow under a sunny sky. The best access is from the bridge over Hunter Creek at Mile 10 of the Knik River Road. Both the Knik River Lodge and Knik River Tours say they welcome Fat bikes, but both of them had No Trespassing signs displayed and there was no obvious trail for fat bikes. The trail at the Hunter Creek Bridge is obvious and starts on the North side of the bridge. Just follow the tire tracks from there. The riding is fairly smooth and there is only a skiff of snow. It's 10 miles one way to the glacier plus a few more miles to ride around the glacier lake to check out the various icebergs. Hazards are minimal but lots of travel is on ice so although you don't really need studded tires, you will be glad you have them. On the way out you might want to flag some of the intersections with temporary survey tape (to be removed on your return) because the way out is intuitive, but the way back can be confusing. It's worth the effort to get to the glacier. Ambitious souls may want to ride an additional few miles towards Lake George to check out the ice climbing. Report by Mike Jens Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:23:09 -0500 Tour of Anchorage Trail Feb 16 12PM: The TOA trail has set up nicely on the section between Hillside and MLK Jr. drive. I had high tire pressure and left no ruts. There is a bit of softer mashed potato action around the park at MLK, but it is short-lived. If you want to carry on to Chester Creek, it is not groomed and there are no set classic tracks. There is a hardened "goat trail" down the middle of Chester for cyclists and walkers, but skate skiers will have loose snow on either side to contend with.
I would encourage Classic ski enthusiasts to do the TOA in FNBP while the set tracks are clean and pristine. Skate skiers will encounter a bit of dirt mixed into the snow in the lower elevation rooty section (bt/wn MLK park and the junction with Blue Dot is the worst). Efforts to harden the TOA trail through this rooty section would benefit all users, keep the trail in good condition (especially in the spring/summer/fall), and make life easier on the groomers and their equipment. Report by TC Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:57:00 -0500 Tour of Anchorage Trail Feb 16 12PM: Excuse that earlier post. I meant to comment on the "goat trail" down Campbell Creek trail and the lack of grooming over there. I have not been on Chester Creek trail recently. Report by TC Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:00:02 -0500 Chester Creek Trail Feb 16 12PM: great conditions on chester creek trail. there was a crew getting ready to rondy by filling in the tunnel under Lake Otis. Report by Steve Cleary Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:10:39 -0500 Archangel Road Feb 16 12PM: Went to ski Archangel only to see that it wasn't groomed. Went to GPRA instead. Freshly groomed and wonderful but disappointed to see walkers on the ski only trails. Report by Lori Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:18:55 -0500 Archangel Road Feb 16 10AM: The State Parks contract groomer (Farley Dean) groomed the full length of Archangel Rd Thursday. He only set classic tracks on one side. Reminder, the upper half of the road is multi-use and open to snowmachines. Report by Ed Strabel Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:48:40 -0500 Middle Fork Loop Trail Feb 16 9AM: Any reports on the Middle Fork Loop Trail? I'm thinking of skiing it tomorrow. Report by Steve McKeever Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:53 -0500 Government Peak Recreation Area Feb 16 4AM: MSSC packed and groomed all trails and the stadium for classic and skating. Great conditions Report by Ed Strabel Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:47:02 -0500 Hillside Feb 15 8PM: The Gasline and Spencer were freshly groomed and tracked. Watch out for the big ice patch at the beginning of the first big uphill on Spencer. It looks like a tiny stream may be overflowing out onto the trail. The downhill corners were a bit slick on the inside and fluffy on the outside. Report by Heidi Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:48:06 -0500