Winter is here, and whether the temperatures are moderate or cold, Girdwood trails are heavily used during this season. Trails Committee volunteers devote many hours to grooming trails, and intentionally leave other trails for more primitive use. How can we all safely travel on the same trails? By thinking of others while having fun.
The following list is a reminder for self-propelled winter trail users:
Pick up your trash and bag your dog's poop. There are “poop bags” at the Moose Meadows parking lot or bring your own.
The quality of the groomed trails varies depending on use; the best-groomed trails can quickly be destroyed by heavy traffic. Hiking, snowshoeing, running, and biking should be on the opposite edge of the trail from the set tracks. Skate skiers should stay in the center of the trail. Using invisible lanes for foot traffic, skate skiing, and classic skiing will help our groomed trails last, and there is plenty of room to share!
Fill in any sitzmarks that you make for the safety of others, and try to alert skiers before you pass them.
Skiers tend to travel in a counter clockwise direction in Moose Meadows. Skiing in one direction adds trail safety.
If the snow isn't firm enough to support your weight, foot traffic should keep to the bike path.
The dog sled trail is the outer loop in Moose Meadow. You are welcome to use this loop; however, keep and eye out for a dog team traveling in either direction. They have the right of way and move faster than you think. If you see a team approaching, move off trail at least 5 feet. Dogs can act unpredictably around a fast moving dog team. Best to have your furry friend on a leash or not on this trail at all.
If you find lost clothing, place it on top of the Moose Meadows sign in the parking area or on a easily seen branch.
Have fun this winter! If you have trail questions or concerns, you can email the Girdwood Trails Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Girdwood Parks and Recreation at 783-8146.
See you on the trails!