Fairbanks Area Spring Trails Reports 2019
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This report attempts to give people updated information on how quickly area trails are drying out in the spring.
Hopefullly, people will have a better trail experience and will protect trails from being damaged. Please tread lightly, especially on wheels.
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TRAIL/SYSTEMDATE OF MOST RECENT REPORTREPORTMAPSFACEBOOK
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Birch Hill Recreation Area05/26/19(05/26/19): Trails good. Take care of usual wet areas, especially White Bear below biathlon range and far end of White Bear.

(05/22/19) Improving, but still a soft spot or two in low areas. White Bear below Biathlon range is very wet.

(05/17/19): Lots of soft areas in low spots. Sunnyside Trail is dry, but the Outhouse Loops still has soft spots.

(05/10/19): The Birch Hill trails have dried out enough that they are ready for GENTLE use. There are still areas that are soft. Please try to avoid those sections. If it does rain a lot, please give the trails a few days to dry out.
https://www.nscfairbanks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Birch-Hill-Trail-Map-2012-2013.pdf
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University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system05/28/19(05/28/19): Continuing to improve. The swampy trails (below) are still swampy. The pond east of Ballaine Lake on the Equinox/Skarland Trail is gone, but it is still a bit soft and muddy. It should be fine in a week or so. West of Ballaine Lake it is still wet in places, so be careful, especially on bike.

(05/22/19) Things are improving as you would predict on campus. Nothing major to report, just dryer than it was last week.

(05/14/19) Things are melted out with the usual wet spots along the perimeter trails. The trails near Yankovich are best. The area near West Ridge has some jumpable puddles as well as creative crossing options. Baseline, Beaver slide, etc. are the usual swamps. I suspect Midnight Sun Express and some lower sections of Big Whizzy are soaked. The commuter trail behind the farm is still soaked. There is one trail redirect, where the equinox trail comes off Farmer's Loop above Baillaine. About 1/4 mile later it normally dips down into a large depression. That depression is FULL, like a lake. I took the old Equinox reroute to the left and went around to connect back up with Skarland.
UAF trails mapsUAF North Campus
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Skarland Trail05/28/19Good shape on higher sections. Lower sections in Pearl Creek Park and UAF still wet. Skarland and Pearl Creek ParkSkarland and Pearl Creek Park Trail Users
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Skyline Ridge Park05/26/19(05/26/19): Trail are all in great shape, except for a bit of sogginess toward the top of After Hours.

(05/22/19): North side trails are drying out quickly. Still use them gently and be willing to turn back if you feel you are doing damage.

Partial map of trails on Skyline RidgeSkyline Ridge Park Trail Users Group
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Ester Dome/Happy Valley Singletrack Trails05/20/19Trails are open! The drop-in from Henderson Road is still soft, so try to avoid that. https://www.fairbankscycleclub.org/fairbankscycleclub/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EDS.pdfEster Dome Single Track
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Tanana Lakes
Recreation Area
05/17/19Trails are very dry, unusually so. This would be a good time to enjoy the lake. Trail work on Eagle Trail will likely begin sometime in June and Eagle trail may be closed during work hours for one or two weeks.Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec
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Cranberry Trail and O’Connor Creek East Ridge trails05/24/19(05/24/19): Most of Cranberry Trail is ready for use. A few north side sections are still a bit damp. O'Connor Creek East Ridge Trail is still fairly wet. OK for light foot traffic if you are careful.

(05/17/19): Many sections of the trails are still saturated. They need another couple weeks of dry weather.
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Chena River State Recreation Area05/29/19(05/29/19): Trailhead paving report: The Upper Chena Dome and Mastadon trailheads are open. Compeau Trailhead should be opened by today (May 31).

(05/27/19): Jay Cable and Tom Moran hiked Chena Dome Wednesday, May 22, and the trail was in great shape, minimal snow.

(05/27/19: Angel Rocks to the Hot Springs Trail update: OFFICIALLY SNOW FREE.

(05/23/19): The Chena Compeau, Stiles and Angel Creek Hillside trails were opened yesterday (05/22). One caution is that the Compeau Trailhead will be getting paved next week Tues through Friday. Folks can access the trailhead from the Twin Bears camp mile 30 CHSR.

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chena/trails.htmChena River State Recreation Area: unofficial page
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White Mountains National Recreation Area 05/31/19(05/31/19): US Creek and Nome Creek roads are in good shape.

(05/01/19): The White Mountains trails, remain snow-covered, soft, and wet. Riding ATVs on them this time of year will cause trail damage and get you stuck. And don't be fooled by the snow-free and inviting start of the US Creek Road -- a few miles in, it's still snow covered and impassable for vehicles. Cripple Creek Campground remains covered in snow as well, but surely these warm temperatures are making a dent...
https://www.blm.gov/documents/alaska/public-room/map/white-mountains-national-recreation-area-georeferenced-pdf-mapBLM-White Mountains National Recreation Area: official page
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Waterford Trail05/30/19First mile is dry, then some big mud puddles, then quite a bit of mud until just before it meets the Pipeline corridor.https://fairbanksak.myrec.com/forms/6009_bigeldoradocreeklooptrailmap2018.pdf
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Other trails05/22/19Generally speaking, south-facing, well-drained trails are your best bet right now. Low-lying and north-facing trails are still thawing/drying out. Tread lightly, especially on wheels. Go ahead and check them out, but please be willing to turn back if you are starting to do damage.
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