FYI: Kenai Trail Report 11/27/2012

Good Glorious Moonlit morning to all of you!!!

In anticipation of December 1 winter motorized trails/areas of Seward Ranger District will not be opening (unless there’s major snowfall before this date) due to lack of adequate snow cover to prevent resource damage, this includes subsistence users. We will monitor conditions daily when snowfall appears and will open as soon as possible.

Skiing on many lakes is good. Skiing on most trails with rock skis at lower elevations is possible.

Ice skating on the cleared paths on Upper Trail Lake is good.

Trails traveling over passes have 12-15” of snow. Pulling a pulk is feasible.

Hiking our trails in all areas is very good if you wear gaiters or can keep what little snow there is out of your boots.

Most of our cabins with wood burning stoves have no wood. With this being a non-motorized winter for Resurrection Pass Trail, except for subsistence users, allow plenty of time to collect firewood.

Trail River C.G. gate will be closed December 1.

Russian River C.G. gate will remain open until more snow arrives.

Exit Glacier Road is closed 1.5 miles from the Hwy. Add 5 miles to your trip length if you will be hiking Resurrection River Trail.

Slaughter Ridge Rd. (winter access to Resurrection Pass Trail South) is drivable beyond the winter parking area, though use caution as there are logging trucks transporting logs the entire distance of this narrow Rd.

Ice on! Now for some interesting, at least for me, ice condition changes:

A week ago Summit Lake had 8” of ice under 5” of snow, the previous ten days had 8” of ice under 8” of snow, temps were in the 20’s, low 30’s. Ice thickness did not change for 11 days due to the insulating snow cover and warm temps. When temps changed to around 0-20 degrees F the ice began adding 1/3”/day. Ice thickness on Summit Lake is now 11”.

Cooper Lake and Grant Lake are freezing and adding about 1” of ice/day with no snowcover. Cooper Lake has 6” of ice, and Grant Lake has 2”.

In the interest of not repeating old news, if you don’t receive an update in the next week, it’s because conditions have not changed much.

Irene B. Lindquist

Forestry Technician, Trails

Chugach NF, Seward RD