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In just a few weeks time crews with Trail Mix Inc. have vastly improved the degrading Peterson Lake Trail, north of Juneau. But work on this 4.3-mile long trail is just beginning.

The project is one that has been in the works for years and includes plans to preserve historical relics along the trail, integrate interpretive signs, a rest area with a view, among others. The U.S. Forest Service is overseeing the work and has worked with Trail Mix to secure both federal funding and money from grants to make the improvements possible. 

Crews plan to work until the snow flies, when they'll take a hiatus until things thaw in the spring. 

Photos by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire