Overall trail conditions good, with minor changes

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 20, 2012

Ross Boring talks trail at Thursday's mushers' meeting. Photo by Dean Swope

Bethel resident Ross Boring has been voluntarily marking the K300 race trail for years. Over the past week, he and other volunteers used about 1,500 wooden markers to designate this year’s race route.

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As for trail conditions this year, Boring says it’s good overall.

He says the first 15 miles of the trail from Bethel to Kwethluk is a little bumpy. The first 100 miles up to Kalskag is pretty good overall, but in that section, part of the race trail is close to the truck trail.

“My only concern is a few places, we’d like the guys who are driving the trucks up to be aware of the mushers because the truck trail and the K300 trail are pretty close to each other in a few places,” Boring says.

Open water isn’t a huge issue this year, with all the cold weather, but there are a few open holes, including one below Kalskag. Boring says they’ve moved the tradition race trail a little bit to avoid that water.

“There is an open water stretch above the bluffs towards Kalskag, and probably 3 or 400 yards long,” says Boring. “You really need to follow the trail there. They marked it earlier, and they had markers every 50 feet, and I added markers to it, so everyone would know they’re still on the same one. The trucks and the K300 trail will have to share the trail at that point in time.”

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