Trail work continues this summer

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2008

Small projects on the Perseverance Trail will continue in the coming months, with a volunteer work day scheduled for July 19.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Crews will work on the section between the Mount Juneau trail head and Lurvey Creek on the volunteer day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Water bars will be installed to improve drainage along a section that parallels Gold Creek, and the bank of the creek will be reinforced to prevent it from running over next spring, said Trail Mix Executive Director George Schaaf.

Transitions on and off bridges also will be improved so that bikers don't have to dismount to cross.

Volunteers must register in advance at Foggy Mountain Shop, Balance Climbing, a JRC/Alaska Club location or by calling 790-6406.

Also this summer, Trail Mix crews will install wire safety rails along steep sections of the trail along The Horn. The 2-inch metal posts will be strung with three tiers of steel wire. Funding for the fence was provided by a $24,000 Rasmussen Foundation grant.

New directional and interpretive signs also are planned to replace the aging signs at the trail head. The signs were funded by a National Parks Service grant and will be installed as soon as the weather allows.

Finally, plants and seeds harvested from the area last fall and kept at the city greenhouse will be replanted along the trail to encourage re-vegetation. The effort was coordinated by city Trail Ranger Dale Gosnell.

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