Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Saturday is National Trails Day.
There are plenty of trails to explore that are maintained by the Alaska Region of the U. S. Forest Service. It amounts to about sixteen hundred miles of trail, according to Sharon Seim, the Wilderness and Trails Program Manager for the Alaska Region. She said on Action Line that there are about 588 miles in the Chugach National Forest in Southcentral Alaska with the balance found on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.
When they were asked about trail projects now underway, Mike Dilger, a recreation planner in the Juneau Ranger District, said crews are working on improving four trails. They include the East and West Glacier Trails, the Auke Nu Trail that goes up to the John Muir Cabin from the Spaulding Meadows Trail, and the Windfall Lake Trail. He said that work is being funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.
For more information on how to volunteer to help maintain trails or for just additional information on trails, people can call the Juneau Ranger District at 586-8800. The website address is www.fs.usda.gov/organization/JuneauRangerDistrict
Another good point of contact is Juneau Trail Mix. Its website address is trailmixinc.org