Snowmachine fans may get more trails

Forest Service to review off-road vehicle use in Juneau area

Posted: Monday, January 03, 2000

Which national forest trails are open to snowmachines

As in recent years, the U.S. Forest Service has authorized snowmachine and all-terrain vehicle use in the Windfall Lake area and the east side of Spaulding Meadows, the west side of Mendenhall Lake, and the Dan Moller Trail.

Except for at Mendenhall Lake, motorized vehicles are permitted in these areas only when there is at least a foot of snow. Riders on Mendenhall Lake's frozen surface should use caution to avoid thin ice, the agency said.

In Spaulding Meadows, the boundary marking the area closed to motorized use will be posted on trees about 200 feet apart. The John Muir and Peterson Lake public-use cabins are in a closed area.

The part of Mendenhall Lake open to motorized vehicles is between two orange markers at the end of the lake. Access points are 100 yards north of Skater's Cabin and on the left side of the steel gate across from the West Glacier trailhead parking lot.

Access to Windfall Lake and Spaulding Meadows is from the Lake Creek route near the University of Alaska Southeast student housing.

Primary access to Dan Moller Trail is via the trailhead on Pioneer Street. Secondary access is by the Blueberry water tower at the end of Jackson Street. The Treadwell Ditch Trail is closed from the junction with the Dan Moller Trail to Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Specifically closed to vehicles are the west side of Spaulding Meadows, the Dredge Lakes area, the Mendenhall Recreation Area, the Fish Creek Winter Sports Area, and the Eagle-Herbert River area.

The rest of the national forest is open to cross-country travel as long as it's done safely and doesn't damage natural resources.

The Forest Service has posted a map of open and closed areas at its office at 8465 Old Dairy Road.

As in recent years, the U.S. Forest Service has authorized snowmachine and all-terrain vehicle use in the Windfall Lake area and the east side of Spaulding Meadows, the west side of Mendenhall Lake, and the Dan Moller Trail.

Except for at Mendenhall Lake, motorized vehicles are permitted in these areas only when there is at least a foot of snow. Riders on Mendenhall Lake's frozen surface should use caution to avoid thin ice, the agency said.

In Spaulding Meadows, the boundary marking the area closed to motorized use will be posted on trees about 200 feet apart. The John Muir and Peterson Lake public-use cabins are in a closed area.

The part of Mendenhall Lake open to motorized vehicles is between two orange markers at the end of the lake. Access points are 100 yards north of Skater's Cabin and on the left side of the steel gate across from the West Glacier trailhead parking lot.

Access to Windfall Lake and Spaulding Meadows is from the Lake Creek route near the University of Alaska Southeast student housing.

Primary access to Dan Moller Trail is via the trailhead on Pioneer Street. Secondary access is by the Blueberry water tower at the end of Jackson Street. The Treadwell Ditch Trail is closed from the junction with the Dan Moller Trail to Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Specifically closed to vehicles are the west side of Spaulding Meadows, the Dredge Lakes area, the Mendenhall Recreation Area, the Fish Creek Winter Sports Area, and the Eagle-Herbert River area.

The rest of the national forest is open to cross-country travel as long as it's done safely and doesn't damage natural resources.

The Forest Service has posted a map of open and closed areas at its office at 8465 Old Dairy Road.



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