The incoming 12-mile trail has been re-routed due to Eklutna's land clearing. Our trail crew has put up gates and a U-turn here, allowing mushers to backtrack on the 12-mile trail to the 10-mile turn and incoming trails.
Matt and Tom packed the Alternate side along with the Birchwood Camp connector out to the turn around loop at Dead Moose Pond. Matt packed the 14, inbound 10 and the inlet. Kris dragged the Inlet trail and 16 connector and they are now less bumpy.
Trail crew groomed the 2-3-4-6-8 on Jan 2. It’s almost sled ready. Culverts need some more snow, we need little help from you. Big thank you to Matt, Kris, Tom and Claire -Kp
With the 6 inches of fluffy snow, We tried our best to pack the trails last night. The 2-3-kiddy- cinnamon-outbound to Clooney and inbound from cinnamon to culvert have been packed. Lots of down trees but all have been removed.
There is no longer a trail between 12 to 8 inbound (Eklutna has blocked the trail)!
Please use extreme caution as the ice under the new snow is not adhering! ATVs are recommended.
Once again heavy rains took a toll! All trails are closed until below freezing temps. It looks like we will get a little break next week. We would like to save little few flakes we currently have to see if we can save the season!!
Snow dances are working! We got 2 to 3 inches of the white stuff. Trails are definitely improving. The 2-3-kiddy and GeeHaw were packed last night. Still some open areas of water beyond that. With the cooler weather this week, hopefully we should be able to put the system all in. The snow is not deep enough for snowhooks yet, so training with ATVs is still recommended.
Well, folks, warm temps, wind and rain are making the trails slushy, and water on top of some of the icy areas can result in slick spots.
It’s sloppy, but not muddy.
Temps are cooler on the trails than at the holding area, but when it cools down below freezing we will need snow to avoid ice.
Attention all club members! The inlet bridge is out and is not secured on one side!! Please DO NOT attempt to cross. Your atv will drop to the bottom of the ravine. We will try to secure the loose side as soon as possible.
The 2-3-kiddy-4 and 8-mile trails to Cinnamon Loop and Alternate side to Birchwood Camp easement trail have been packed and ready for your enjoyment. Not enough to hook down yet, so still use your 4 wheelers.
The 2 miles is fairly smooth for a very small team with sled. No hooking option though. There are 2 large open bodies of water which makes it dangerous to connect all systems together. There are some unpacked areas beyond those. With the cooler weather they should freeze soon so we can open the whole system!🙏👍Kp
Kp, De and Claire groomed and packed the alt side to inlet and 16 miles connector and the staging area. Couple of small overflow icy spots on 16 and inlet. Distance folks, enjoy!
From 2/21: Kp and crew groomed the 2-3-4-6-8-12 loops. Trails are beautiful and smooth.
Distance and Iditarod teams, if you are planning to run it next week , please remember that CDMA volunteers spend 100s of hours maintaining these trails.
PLEASE DO NOT USE BRAKES TO SLOW YOUR TEAM DOWN! We ask you to use the trailhead on the SOUTH SIDE of the road. Please consider joining CDMA and/or paying a trail fee as a courtesy to the club. THANK YOU! (See https://www.chugiakdogmushers.com/membership.html for membership information)
Kp and crew groomed some super highways on kiddy-3-4-6-8-10-12-14 and alt to 16 inlet connector! Trails are beautiful and solid. We are blessed with great snow this time!
Kourosh Partow, trail boss
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