KTVA's flight from the checkpoint in Skwentna to Nikolai on Monday afternoon offered aerial views of the trail mushers and their teams will travel as they barrel towards Rohn, and then on to Nikolai. 

The trek to Rohn takes mushers through the Dalzell Gorge, which has the potential to be one of the toughest stretches along the trail. 

In 2014, multiple mushers scratched after traversing a barren — and in many spots snow-less — Dalzell Gorge.

 

KTVA's Dave Goldman was on the trail that year and for each race since. 

"What you don't want to see is a terrain that is sled-crushing, one that's beating up a team," he said.

This year, conditions appear to favorable in the area.  

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