Tongass National Forest

Cross-Country Skiing
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Twin Ridge Ski Trail (#606)
The Twin Creek Road area is popular for a variety of winter activities including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and sledding. This trail connects the Twin Creek Road and the Ravens Roost Cabin and provides intermediate and advanced cross-country skiing during the winter and sub-alpine hiking in the summer. The Twin Creek Road is NOT maintained for winter vehicle travel.

Length: 4.9 miles one way
Rating: More Difficult
USGS Maps: Petersburg C-3 and D-3

Access: The Twin Creek Road begins 7.5 miles south of Petersburg on the Mitkof Highway. The Twin Ridge Ski Trail trailhead is 3.4 miles up the road from the Mitkof Highway. The Twin Creek Road is very steep and narrow. When there is snow on the road it is best to park your vehicle at the turnoff from Mitkof Highway and ski or snowmobile from there. You can also reach the Twin Ridge Ski Trail by hiking 4 miles up the Raven Trail to the Ravens Roost Cabin.

Description: Blue diamond trail markers mark the trail, but may be covered by blowing snow in winter. The trail departs from the north side of the road in a small muskeg clearing and winds steadily uphill through timber and muskeg. A short detour approximately 1 mile from the trailhead leads to scenic views of the mainland and Frederick Sound. From there, the trail leaves the open muskeg and for the next 2 miles follows the top of the ridge. At about the 3-mile point, the trail turns west (left) and switchbacks down through an open brush field and an old growth stand of spruce and hemlock. The trail then follows a flat ridge top down through rolling muskeg to the Ravens Roost Cabin.

Attractions: You will usually find good skiing conditions from November to April. The section of trail near the cabin requires intermediate skiing skills; the section near the road requires advanced skiing skills or snowshoes to traverse the steeper slopes. The open muskegs around the cabin provide excellent skiing, especially for the beginner. Many people enjoy flying to the cabin in a helicopter and skiing down the Twin Ridge Trail. The Forest Service maintains a three-sided winter shelter approximately 3 miles up the Twin Creek Road from the highway. The shelter serves as a warming hut for skiers and snowmobilers.

The trail offers spectacular views of both Frederick Sound and the mainland. Moose, deer, and black bear frequent the area. Contact the Petersburg Ranger District for Ravens Roost Cabin information and cabin permit applications.

Upper Twin Ski Trail (#605)
The Twin Creek Road area is popular for a variety of winter activities including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and sledding. The Upper Twin Ski Trail makes a loop that provides intermediate cross-country skiing opportunities in the winter. The Twin Creek Road is NOT maintained for winter vehicle travel.

Length: 3.2 miles one way
Rating: More Difficult
USGS Maps: Petersburg C-3

Access: The Twin Creek Road begins 7.5 miles south of Petersburg on the Mitkof Highway. The first Upper Twin Ski Trail trailhead is 3.3 miles up the road from the Mitkof Highway. The Twin Creek Road is very steep and narrow. When there is snow on the road it is best to park your vehicle at the turnoff from Mitkof Highway and ski or snowmobile from there.

Description: The Upper Twin Ski Trail is a loop that meets the road at both the 3.3-mile and 4-mile points. Travel can begin at either point, but many skiers find it easier to start from the 3.3-mile trailhead at the winter shelter. Blue diamonds mark the trail but may be difficult to find in winter if snow is blowing.

The trail takes off from the eastern (4-mile) trailhead through muskeg then crosses a small bridge 0.25 mile from the road. From the bridge, the trail climbs through open muskeg and circles the ridge you see from the road. From the small lake near the summit of the ridge the trail descends gradually to a steep slope. The terrain on the hill is open, old-growth timber and you can ski a switchback pattern to avoid skiing straight down the steepest slopes. The trail then crosses a large, flat muskeg on its way back to the road.

Attractions: You will usually find good skiing conditions from November to April. The entire length of the trail is suitable for intermediate level skiers who are in good physical condition although it will be challenging. Beginning and intermediate skiers can enjoy a shorter, easier route by starting from either trailhead and skiing around the perimeter of the large muskeg visible from the road. The Forest Service maintains a three-sided winter shelter 3.3 miles up the Twin Creek Road from the highway. The shelter serves as a warming hut for skiers and snowmobilers.

The trail offers beautiful views of both the Wrangell Narrows and the mainland. Moose, deer, and black bear frequent the area.


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