|mw and Yours Truly on the Didlikama Precipice|
Photo by Kruser
|Kruser Descends Didli|
|mw on Didlikama|
But, Didlikama access is troubled. Didlikama, Lane, Snowbird and other areas can be accessed for day trips via Archangel/Fern Mine Road, a seasonal spur road extending about 5 miles from the main Hatcher Pass Road. We found the Archangel Road gate closed on our way out - a disconcerting finding after entering an open gate in the morning. With just a little looking, we found a small paper sign at the gate on our way out proclaiming the road closure at 10 p.m. October 14. The Alaska Department of Natural Resouces, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation apparently planned closure of Archangel Road on that date. We were happy that the gate was not locked, but disappointed in the Oct. 14 closure.
I've driven street legal vehicles on Archangel Road to the Fern Mine gate in late November without incident. I hope comments by users will convince the state to keep the Archangel Road open based on actual conditions; most years would have a later closure. I can remember many seasons when there was great snow above Archangel Road while the road condition was quite drivable well beyond mid-October.
As mid-October, 2012 would have it, there was an extraordinary base on the Lane moraine and boulder field. The skiing quality was worth a lap on the Fast Lane with another trip up to the summit of Didlikama for a ride down the Slow Lane. The snow was somewhat crusty, but we found nice pockets of powder here and there. We were able to ski down to 4400 ft el.
|From Didlikama, Looking Down the Slow Lane|
Photo by Kruser