Trails Day celebrated with hikes, trail work

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2003

Healthy Trails, Healthy People" is the theme for National Trails Day 2003, celebrated June 7.

Juneau can take pride in the many ways our community keeps its trails healthy, providing numerous opportunities for citizens to enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes walking, hiking, backpacking, biking or pushing strollers on more than 90 beautiful trails.

National Trails Day will include a work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Fish Creek Trail, 8.3 mile North Douglas Highway. Volunteers should bring water, work gloves and raingear.

At 1:30 p.m., the city will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently constructed Rainforest Trail at mile 12 North Douglas Highway.

The annual National Trails Day picnic at Outer Point beach at 2:30 p.m. will follow the ceremony. Access the beach via the Rainforest Trail. Bring a potluck dish, or enter your best salad in the second annual Healthy Salad Contest. Other picnickers will be the judges. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

To volunteer for the work day, e-mail trailmix@alaska.com. For more information on events, call 790-6406 or visit the Trail Mix Web site, www.juneautrails.org.

Other upcoming trails events include:

• On May 31, Jim Geraghty of Trail Mix will guide hikers to artifacts and ruins along the Treadwell Historic Trail, sharing stories of mining days. The hike begins at Sandy Beach and is part of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Saturday hike series. Check the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hike Hotline number, 586-0428, or the Web site, www.juneau.lib.ak.us/parksrec/hikes/schedule.php, for start times and other details.

• On June 1, Willette Janes, author of "In the Miner's Footsteps," will lead hikers up Perseverance Trail into Silverbow Basin, sharing her extensive knowledge of the historically rich area as hikers travel the trail used by miners as early as 1880. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Basin Road at 10 a.m. Bring water and lunch, and be sure to dress for the weather.

• At 9 a.m. Saturdays, Gastineau Humane Society is sponsoring a series of "Poop Scoop" days, with volunteers cleaning up what Fido deposited and his owner forgot to pick up on popular dog-walking trails. Join them May 31 on the Brotherhood Bridge Trail, June 7 at Cope Park and June 14 at Sandy Beach. Call GHS at 789-0260 to help.

Other trail events include bird walks by the Juneau Audubon Society, www.juneau-audubon-society.org/; hikes and treks by the Juneau Alpine Club, groups.yahoo.com/group/juneaualpineclub/; and Wednesday and Saturday group hikes with Juneau Parks and Recreation, www.juneau.lib.ak.us/parksrec/. Watch the Out and About column in this section of the Empire for more information on these events.

On the Trails is provided by Trail Mix, a nonprofit trails maintenance and construction group on the Web at www.juneautrails.org/.



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