Volunteers build new trail at Hatcher Pass
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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