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KENAI: AllRefuge Ski Trails Need Now is Snow!
Alaska Region, December 16, 2005
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Upgraded Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Winter Trails Await More Snow
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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge crosscountry ski and snowshoe trails have never been in better shape.  The trails, located behind the Refuge headquarters and visitors center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, now include seven different routes encompassing 9.4 miles.  Refuge staff upgraded and re-routed the trail around steep dangerous areas.  They also mowed/compacted just prior to freeze-up, removed dangerous limbs, and installed new signs.  Now all that is needed is snow!  In an unseasonably warm Holiday season, with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s, what little snow the Refuge trails have accumulated is quickly disappearing.  There is a lot of winter left, however, and locals are patiently waiting to get back out on the trails as soon as conditions improve.  The Keen Eye Nature Trail is open to winter hikers as well, and all of the trails provide great winter opportunities to view wildlife and tracks.  In a recent trip around the Nordic View and Raven Ridge Loops, tracks of moose, coyote, lynx, squirrel, spruce grouse, snowshoe hare, and wolf were observed.  The area is open seven days a week but the headquarters parking lot closes at 6:00 pm daily.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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