Photo courtesy of Girdwood Trails Committee
Have a great spring on Girdwood trails.
What trail work do you think needs to be done in the Girdwood valley this summer? The Girdwood Trails Committee would like your input as they plan for this summer's trail development and maintenance. SAGA (Southeast Alaska Guidance Association) crews will come to Girdwood in late July and early August for at least ten days of hard work on the valley's main trails. Crews typically brush out trails, install drainage ditches, dig dirt, spread gravel, build boardwalks, and do other jobs assigned by the Trails Committee.
If you know of a trail or an area of a trail that needs special attention, please email the Girdwood Trails Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to give suggestions for summer trail work.
In other Trails Committee news, the Girdwood Gold Stitchers will graciously donate a beautiful quilt to be raffled at the Fungus Fair Formal, August 27. Trails Committee members will soon be selling tickets for the quilt by this local group.
The Girdwood Trails Committee groomers continue their work on Moose Meadow and upper valley trails. They will continue to groom as long as conditions allow.
Please try to walk on the bike path when the snow gets too soft for walking easily in Moose Meadow or on a trail. Skiers may get hurt and groomers can't fill the holes left by walkers when the snow is soft. Other than the groomers' snow machine, motorized vehicles are prohibited on Girdwood trails. If you see an unauthorized snow machine in the valley, please call the state troopers' non-emergency number, 783-0972, with a brief description of the machine and person's gear.
It will soon be time to hike and bike. One of the Girdwood Trails Committee's main concerns is the use and safety of the hand tram at Four Corners. This tram will be inspected monthly during the summer, but reminders are to wear gloves, pull the rope slowly, and have enough combined strength to pull your group across. Contact Jonnie Lazarus of Parks and Recreation, 783-8146, if you find tram problems.
Finally, the Forest Service will be working on the Iditarod Trail along Crow Creek Road between the MP 1.6 parking area and the new Winner Creek Gorge Trailhead at MP 3.9. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Alison Rein at 754-2329 to help with this project
Have a great spring on Girdwood trails!