American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is all grown up. This event, which started as a small nonprofit fund raiser, has now spread to all 50 states and helped launch local celebrations throughout the country.
This year’s event is June 2, and the American Hiking Society has even more reason to celebrate. In 2018, it’s celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
National Trails System Act as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. National Trails Day is just one of many ways in which these important pieces of legislation will be celebrated.
Here are just a few of the events happening to help celebrate National Trails Day:
Government Peak Climb: 9 a.m., June 2 and hosted by the Mat- Su Ski Club. Start in the Government Peak Recreation Area parking lot ($5 parking) and follow the signs. A six-mile run/hike with great views of the Matanuska Valley. Bring plenty of water and snacks, and follow the race course up and come down the southeast ridge to the Blueberry Knoll Trail.
The Curry Ridge Ramble: 10:30 a.m. June 2 and hosted by Denali State Park. This hike/trail maintenance stewardship project will in- clude about six miles of hiking. Participants will receive a brief safe- ty orientation and a short training by park staff on trail work, tool use, and basic trail design. Volunteers will hike one of Alaska’s new- est trails – the Curry Ridge Trail – where scenic views are around
every corner. After a quick lunch, trail construction will begin. When the trail work is finished, the group will
hike back down to the interpretative center and enjoy a potluck-style barbecue. Meet at the
trailhead, Mile 135.5 on the Parks Highway, then turn on Kesugi Ken Drive. Park in the
Day-Use area. (354-5890)
Eagle River Nature Center: 9 a.m., June 2
and hosted by the Eagle River Nature Center and REI. Join the Eagle River Nature Center’s trail
crew 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 www.ernc.org
Campbell Creek Science Center: 8:30 a.m., June 2 and hosted by the Campbell Creek Science Center. Come help work on trail proj- ects in the trails network branching out from the center. Registra- tion is at 8:30 with work beginning at 9, and a free pizza luncheon for all volunteers.
Whittier Trails: 9 a.m., June 2 and hosted by Whittier Parks and Recreation. This trail maintenance project will focus on improving Whittier’s Horsetail Falls Trail. Volunteers will meet at City of Whit- tier Public Works Department (660 Whittier St.) and carpool to the work site. Tools and personal protection equipment will be provided, and a barbecue will follow.
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