The U.S. Forest Service asked Juneau residents to avoid parts of Dredge Lakes and West Glacier Trail, as well as Windfall Lake cabin and trailhead, Wednesday while it transports materials by helicopter, according to a service news release.
On Wednesday, the Forest Service will fly material from the Dredge Lakes gravel pit to about two miles in on West Glacier Trail between 9 a.m. and noon, the release stated. The materials will be used to repair a rock staircase on the trail that has been unraveling, causing some injuries, said Ed Grossman, Juneau Ranger District recreation program manager. The staging area at Dredge Lakes will be closed; West Glacier Trail will remain open, but the site of the material drop will be closed.
“We just need to get those bulky, heavy materials there so crews can begin work,” Grossman said. Hikers “could still use the lower end of the trail and there wouldn’t be any conflict.”
Helicopters will also transport barrels of waste from the outhouse at Windfall Lake cabin to the trailhead area Wednesday.
“It’s a nasty job, is what it is,” Grossman said. “Every two to three years we have to pump the outhouse vaults. Tomorrow they’re flying those barrels from the cabin to the trailhead. You don’t want to be near that.”
The cabin and trailhead will be temporarily closed Wednesday afternoon.