Trail is clear of obstacles all the way to the lake, and is in great shape. A small patch of snow persists in one of the avalanche chutes in the upper bowl section just before you pop out into the alpine.
Trail is clear of obstacles and mostly clear of snow (a few small patches linger in the farther muskegs). Some of the boardwalk near the end of the trail was affected by the flooding of the trail last fall, but is walkable and safe.
Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the top of the big muskeg, just before where you start climbing (~1.5 miles). There are a few small washouts between the big tree and the big muskeg from last fall’s storms which we are aware of, but are easily passable.
Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the lake cabin. Micah and Kevin were out there on Wednesday cutting firewood rounds, so there is ample wood supply. The large dead tree that spanned the trail about 20’ off the ground (~1 mile in) had begun to rot and the middle was sagging. It was deemed a hazard and removed this week. There is a busted handrail on a bridge that we are aware of, but does not pose any problems to hikers.
The crew has worked at widening the first half-mile of the trail. The rockslides and downed trees that were an impediment to travel have been cleared. The trail has been brushed out to the Alice Smith cutoff trail. Small patches of snow persist on the north side of the small ridge just after the switchbacks (as you drop down to the dam road). We intend to brush the rest of the trail, to the cabin. The crew will resume reconstruction of the trail in two weeks (mid-July). If you see them around give them a big high-five, as everyone has been doing outstanding work.
As a part of the Iditarod Trail extension that will travel over Fall's Creek, this will eventually be part of the offical route from Seward to Nome. The Forest Service segment will end at the Forest Boundary on Glacier Ranger District.
Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the lake. At the lake shore there remains a bit of snow and the lake is still partially frozen. There are three footbridges that are busted in the cottonwood flats, about 1.5-2 miles in. One of the crossings requires removal of boots. We are discussing temporary fix options.
The trailhead and outhouse have been permanently relocated 100 feet to the east. George built some beautiful log and stone steps to welcome you to the trail. The trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the upper bowl section. In the upper bowl, several feet of snow and tons of avalanche debris persists.
A 16-foot A-frame cabin with loft that sleeps 8, table, oil heater, boat with oars, boat house, outhouse. Not included: running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, life vests, cooking utensils, or stove oil.
Take a tour with a Forest Service interpreter around the foot of Spencer Lake and then float among the icebergs that have calved off of the great glacier while the guide steers an Alaskan Native canoe. Or take a leisurely journey by raft down the Placer River toward Turnagain Arm.