Alaska is celebrating National Trails Day this Saturday, June 2.

The day, originated by the American Hiking Society, is a nationwide celebration of America's outstanding trail system that occurs annually on the first Saturday in June. It features a series of outdoor activities throughout the country designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails.

Here are a few of the events going on this weekend:

Alaska Trail Stewards and Chugach State Park 

Volunteers will help with maintenance on the Turnagain Arm Trail, and can expect to help repair tread, increase drainage, haul brush, use loppers and handsaws to clear brush and other duties as necessary.

Volunteers must be over 18 for this event and comfortable working outdoors with hand tools. Plan to walk several miles on the trail throughout the day.

Contact Joe at 907-694-1074 for more information.

Guided Donnelly Dome Hike near Delta Junction

Join the Delta Junction Trails Association with support from Alaska State Parks at 11 a.m. on June 2 for a guided hike of Donnelly Dome.

Meet at the pullout 2.5 miles up the Dome Road off mile 248 of the Richardson Highway. Bring a Recreation Access Permit which can be obtained at the Fort Greeley Visitor’s Center during regular business hours or online.

Check on the status of Donnelly East Area 531 by calling 907-873-3181 or by going to the website. This will tell you if the area is open for recreation or if it has been temporarily closed for military training. If closed to training, the backup meeting location will be the pullout on Coal Mine Road at the same time.

Contact Ellen for more information at 907-895-5155.

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Water Trails

Join Alaska State Parks for a day of paddle-boarding, canoeing or kayaking the Tanaina Lake Canoe Loop.

Meet at the Tanaina Lake Canoe Loop Trailhead, mile 4.7 Nancy Lake Parkway, at 11:00 a.m. on June 2 with your own boat or rent one from Tippecanoe, for a Guided Canoe Naturalist Paddle on Tanania Lake or a Guided Lynx Lake Loop Paddle.

There will be a potluck following the event, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Dutch Oven Cook-Off & Robert Service Poetry Reading. Baked Beans, Cornbread and, “The Haggis of Private McPhee” provided. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call: 907-495-6212 or 355-7513.

Volunteer work on Curry Ridge Trail, Denali State Park, near Trapper Creek

Come on out for the “Curry Ridge Ramble” with Alaska State Parks and join in hiking and trail work along the Curry Ridge Trail.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Kesugi-Ken Interpretive Center located at mile 134.5 of the George Parks Highway. Parking is in the day-use lot. Volunteers will hike 4-5 miles and participate in trail work throughout the day, including cutting brush, moving materials and rocks, and compacting soils. Afterward, join for a cookout at the interpretive center. Potluck items are welcome.

For more information call Carter at 907- 354-5890 (cell) or 907-733-5123 (office).

Seward area self-led hikes and community celebration

Join the Seward Trail Blazers and Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance by planning your own hikes on Saturday and participating in a community celebration on Sunday.

On Saturday, June 2, the Trail Blazers are encouraging people to get out and walk the trails around town and all over the Kenai Peninsula. In town, there are the bike path/Iditarod Trail and the Two Lakes Trail, as well as the climb up Mt. Marathon. The bike path extends to mile 5, where you can access the Lost Lake trail and the Iditarod Trail can be accessed at Bear Lake or Saw Mill Creek.

On June 3, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 p.m., the Seward Trail Blazers and the Iditarod Historic Alliance will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 40th anniversary of the designation of the Iditarod as a National Historic Trail. Chugach National Forest will be present to celebrate and promote INHT stewardship events scheduled this summer. Refreshments will be available.

For more information contact sitblazers@gmail.com.

Kincaid and Hillside Parks


 Come volunteer on June 2nd for National Trails Day.

Who: Anyone who supports the singletrack trails
What: National Trails Day work parties
Where: Kincaid (Jodhpur parking lot) and Hillside (bottom of Drone Lane)
When: Saturday, June 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Why: Fix up the trails for a great summer of riding

Volunteers should dress appropriately, including closed-toe shoes or work boots, long pants and sleeves to protect against vegetation and insects, layered clothing to accommodate varied weather and rain. In addition, volunteers should bring protective eyewear (sunglasses or eyeglasses are sufficient), work gloves, water, and snacks. Tools, including loppers, shovels, mcleods, and polaskis will be provided and instructions for safe use will be given to all volunteers.

BLM Cambel Tract Trails Day

The Bureau of Land Management invites trail lovers of all ages to the BLM Campbell Tract Saturday, June 2, 2018 to celebrate National Trails Day. Join us for this volunteer opportunity and be a steward of your public lands.

BLM staff and volunteers will remove old fencing, build new fencing, make improvements to trails, and get the Campbell Creek Science Center gardens ready for spring. All tools will be provided. Wear sturdy, waterproof footwear and dress in layers to be prepared for possible rain and wind.
Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Science Center. Work projects begin at 9:00 a.m. After a morning of outdoor work, volunteers will gather at the Science Center for a pizza lunch provided by the Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center.

The entrance to the Campbell Tract is just off Elmore Road near E. 68th Avenue.

Alaska Trail Stewards and Chugach State Park

Saturday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will help with maintenance on the Turnagain Arm Trail. Volunteers can expect to help repair tread, increase drainage, haul brush, use loppers and handsaws to clear brush and other duties as assigned. Volunteers can expect to walk several miles on the trail throughout the day.

Volunteers must be comfortable working outdoors with hand tools and must be over 18 for this event.

Eagle River Nature Center's trail

The event is from 9 a.m. to noon on June 2 to help improve a section of the Albert Loop Trail near Eagle River. Work will include moving brush, branches, rocks and other debris off the trail; filling in deep holes; and some basic leveling.

For more details and to sign up, visit the Eagle River Nature Center's website or call 907-694-2108.

Whittier Parks and Recreation

Meet up at Whittier Public Safety Building on June 2 at 9:00 am. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants are required

Questions or comments about this story? Email reporter Cassie Schirm.

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