JUNEAU - Several popular Juneau trails will receive nearly $1 million in funding this summer according to Trail Mix, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that builds and maintains many local trails.
Trail Mix has been awarded more than $590,000 in grants for three projects, including construction of the new Under Thunder Trail in the Mendenhall Valley, repairs to the Mt. Juneau Trail and for bridge work on the Perseverance Trail.
The funding comes from a combination of sources, including the Alaska Trails Initiative and the federal Recreational Trails Program. The Alaska Trails Initiative, conceived by Sen. Ted Stevens and continued by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, provides funding for large-scale trail projects statewide.
Trail Mix is also working with the Eaglecrest Foundation to harden a portion of the ski area's Nordic Loop between the Treadwell Ditch Trail and Eaglecrest Lodge. The project will help extend the season for Nordic skiing and will improve summer access to the Treadwell Ditch Trail, the longest trail in Juneau.
The Treadwell Ditch itself will also see major repairs this summer, as Trail Mix and the City & Borough of Juneau replace up to eight bridges on the trail between Blueberry Hills and downtown Douglas, including a 50-foot-long bridge across Lawson Creek.
Additional Alaska Trails Initiative funding will go to the U.S. Forest Service to complete the new Nugget Falls Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and to the University of Alaska Southeast for continued work on the Auke Lake Trail.
For more information on this or any other trail project in Juneau, call 907-790-6406.