Time for some yard work, but this is not your typical garden for the volunteers. It's an uphill climb, literally, as work takes place on a ridge more than 200 feet up Hatcher Pass.    
 
A dozen volunteers donated their time to help build a new quarter-mile trail above the Independence Mine. It's something Alaska State Parks says is needed.
   
"This new trail will re-direct traffic a little bit, and keep the public on state-owned land, rather than meandering into private property," said Alaska State Parks' Tim Gurnett.
 
It's a dirty job, but volunteers like Julie Lladel don't mind.
 
"I sort of like working with tools, like getting myself tired, muddy, playing in the dirt, it's all things I like to do," said Bladel.
 
That does not mean the work is easy.
 
"There's a lot of material to move, a lot of heavy lifting," Gurnett said.
 
Plus, there are other challenges.
 
"The weather isn't ideal, but it does help keep you cool when you're working really hard to have a little rain," said Gurnett.
 
Alaska Trail Stewards oversee the project on the Gold Cord Lake Trail. However, it's about more than just installing a new path, it also helps repair erosion and the damage caused by people when they walk on it.
 
"We're in Alaska part-time, and I'm always looking for volunteer activities, plus, being a love-to-hike person," said Bladel, as she and others are blazing a new trail for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

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