Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

Cabin Hoppers urge caution in Caribou Hills

The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers snowmachine club is reporting very dangerous conditions on trails in the Caribou Hills.

Total snowfall in the hills is between 6 and 8 inches, and all creeks and rivers still have areas of deep and wide open water. Many trees have been downed across trails, so those riders venturing out are asked to bring chainsaws with them.

Also, trails leading to the Deep Creek drainage have been washed out, and 10- to 14-foot drops have been reported.

The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers remind riders to use extreme caution and to ride with their heads, not their throttles.

Chugach National Forest closed to motorized use

The Chugach National Forest, including Turnagain Pass, remains closed to motorized use due to lack of adequate snow cover.

The Chugach National Forest normally opens for snowmachining Dec. 1, but inadequate snow cover requires the closure to protect resources. Violations of the closure can result in fines and a court appearance, as well as thousands of dollars in damage to trails.

Forest Service rangers are monitoring snow depths at a number of areas, which will be opened once adequate depths are reached.

Information on motorized use in Chugach National Forest is available on the Web at www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach. Individuals interested in motorized use in Chugach National Forest can also call: the Anchorage supervisor's office at (907) 743-9500; the Cordova District office at (907) 424-7661; the Glacier District office in Girdwood at (907) 783-3242; or the Seward District office at (907) 224-3374.

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