Trail Report as of January 18, 2024
Alaska Safe Riders here with your weekly Backcountry Trail report thanks to support from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and this station.
Fresh snow, cold temperatures, and increasing daylight should make for fun riding and touring. Snow is reported stable around Petersville but be aware, swamps and creeks are NOT frozen! Watch out for hazards and be prepared to get wet!
On the Kenai, Caribou Hills trails are being groomed and snow is said to be good. Hatcher Pass also has good snow, along with open and marked trails. Watch for thin areas near ridges.
With clear, cold conditions setting in, the snowpack should continue to stabilize, improving avalanche and trail conditions. Get the latest forecasts and observations for the areas you plan to recreate at alaska_snow_dot_org
You’ll want to bundle up to stay comfortable and avoid frostbite.
The most common cause of frostbite is skin exposed to freezing cold and wind. You can avoid getting frostniped by covering exposed skin and drinking water. Circulation, heat generation and brain function all work better in a well-hydrated body. Learn more at Alaska_Safe_Riders_dot_org
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more training opportunities and safety tips ahead. Here’s to safe riding!
THIS PROGRAM MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING