Fisherman's Access Trail Volunteer Day

Trail Mix is thrilled to be partnering with Trout Unlimited for a day of work on the Fisherman’s Access Trail in the Montana Creek watershed. The Fisherman’s Access Trail provides a quick half-mile hike to a stunning section of the Montana Creek canyon.

After years of disuse, the Fisherman’s Access Trail has become overgrown, rooty, and hard to navigate. We’re excited to improve this trail to help fish and fishermen alike. The current trail fades in and out and many side trails have been created that cross over sensitive stream beds. Trail Mix will be working with Trout Unlimited to reroute the trail away from salmon habitat.

For our workday, we will be brushing the trail, clearing away overgrowth, and improving the tread on the first section of the trail. Trail Mix will provide all necessary tools, safety gear, and instructions. We will also have gloves for those who do not have them. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and sturdy hiking boots/rain boots.

We will be working from 9 am to 3 pm. You are welcome to join for the entire day or a half day (9am to 12pm or 12pm to 3pm). To RSVP for the event, please fill out our Volunteer Waiver by clicking the button below. 

Getting there: Fisherman’s Access Trail is located about 1 mile before the Hank Harmon Rifle Range. Parking is at a pull-off on the right side of the road as you approach the rifle range. Directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/5ArCHWZAYk7Gtad48

Perseverance Volunteer Day

Join Trail Mix, Juneau Trail and Road Runners, and the Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance for a day of volunteer trail work on Perseverance from 9am to 3pm. RSVP by filling out the volunteer waiver by clicking the button below. 

Perseverance and its connected trails are some of Juneau's most popular, especially with trail runners and mountain bikers. This work day will address erosion and storm damage by fixing the trail's tread and managing water. Volunteers will take part by helping to gravel sections of the trail and build drains to direct water off the trail. Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance will be doing the same on Red Mill.

Trail Mix will provide all the tools and instruction and lead the hike back to the work site (~2 miles). No prior trail work experience is necessary.

Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Pack a lunch, water (lots of it if it's hot), rain gear, and work gloves if you have them.

Trail Mix recognizes the stewardship of the Áak’w and T’aakū Kwáans on whose land we live, work, and recreate. Our volunteer day will take place in It'ji Shaanáx̱ ("Sparkling Valley").

Perseverance|It'ji Shaanáx

Perseverance has been getting the love an iconic trail like this needs! Our crew members have been hard at work with an effort to stabilize sections of the trail that were being undercut by Gold Creek. They have installed 5 Gabion Baskets to control the erosion and stabilize the side of the trail. Gabion baskets are large wire boxes that are filled with rocks of various sizes. By stabilizing the slope with rocks in the baskets, the rushing waters of Gold Creek cannot erode away the bank.

Beach Access Trails

Last month our crew members were hard at work improving beach access trails around Juneau. Due to how short and steep many of these trails are, our crew members had to come up with creative ways to manage water while building a more accessible trail. If you're headed to the beach, try out one of the access points that we recently improved! 

  • 9 Mile Beach Access 
  • 5 Mile Beach Access 
  • Favorite Channel
  • Minnie Field 
  • North Bridget Cove 
  • South Bridget Cove

 

 

Lena Point

Lena Point is undergoing some major transformations this season! Between the hard work of the Rotarians through the Trail Stewards program and our crew members, this trail is looking fresh. Rotarians have been working on a reroute that will take hikers to the beach right before ascending to the point. Our crew members have been repairing stairways, stabilizing eroding hillsides, and adding gravel to muddy sections. 

 

Hey friend,

I know it’s been a busy summer for everyone and it’s been no exception at Trail Mix. Our trail crews and volunteers have been hard at work on trails like Lena Point, Perseverance, and the Treadwell Ditch, rain or shine. One of my favorite things about this summer so far has been spending time with the community again during volunteer events. During our 2020 and 2021 seasons, we were not able to host volunteer trail work days as frequently as we like to, and I’m happy to say that our volunteers are back in action!

So far, we have logged over 1200 volunteer hours this summer on Juneau’s trails and we're not done yet! Each of those hours makes a huge difference for Trail Mix; not only do folks get to pitch in and help us keep our trails in great shape, but volunteer hours also help us pay our seasonal trail crews! It’s been great getting back to hosting events like National Trails Day, but it’s also been wonderful to see our Trail Stewards volunteer program be so successful in its first year. If you haven’t heard- the Trail Stewards program allows a group of folks to get together and dedicate five work days a summer to a trail. Trail Mix helps coordinate the work and provides the tools and training. I’d like to send a special shout-out to our rockstar Trail Stewards: Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club, SheJumps, Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance, and the Girl Scouts of Juneau- THANK YOU!!! These folks have been out on the trails working hard, pulling up old boardwalk, hauling gravel, building bridges and benches and much much more.

If you’re thinking that you missed out on all the volunteering fun- don’t! There are still so many ways to get involved and volunteer this field season. First- connect with one of our Trail Stewards and join a work day! Second- Join one of our open-call volunteer events. This Saturday, August 20th, we will be working with Trout Unlimited on the Montana Creek/Fisherman's Access trail to reroute the trail away from sensitive salmon habitat. If you can’t make it Saturday, consider joining us on Sunday at the Perseverance trail with Juneau Trail and Road Runners. We will be working on improving drainage and cutting brush on the Perseverance trail system. Both events will take place from 9am to 3pm. Remember that your volunteer hours help keep our trails in great shape and our trail crews going! We can't do what we do without the wonderful Juneau community that supports us.

I hope to see you out at one of our volunteer events this weekend!

Best,

Ryan O’Shaughnessy

P.S.  Make sure to stay tuned to The Dirt and our social media channels for some upcoming info about our November auction!

Trail of the Month

Southeast Alaska Land Trust Montana Creek Access Trail

Distance: Half a mile

Elevation Change: 30 feet

The unnamed trail on the Montana Creek conservation property is a hidden gem for those looking for an easy place to stroll with their kids, for dog walkers, and for anglers.

At the beginning of the trail, there is a short set of steps to navigate from the road down to the wetlands. The initial portion of the trail is flat and grassy and is adjacent to an area that used to be the location of the home of “Montana” Bill Sakieff, who homesteaded the area between 1935 until his death in 1981. Sakieff is responsible for the cleared, grassy area, and for the enclosed garden just a short distance from the road.

The trail parallels Montana Creek, which is prone to flooding. One of the more interesting features of the trail is the approximately 6-foot berm that was created by Sakieff between the river and the old homestead area. The berm prevented flooding of Sakieff’s house and garden. This berm continues for a quarter mile, all the way to the end of the maintained trail.

Once past the garden, the trail meanders through Sitka spruce and western hemlock, with quite a bit of red alder and willow along the bank of the river. Watch your footing, as there are some spots where the trail has thick tree roots.

It’s not uncommon to see black bear or Sitka black-tailed deer on the property, and it’s a great location for birding. The end of the maintained trail brings hikers to a clearing on the bank of the river which is a wonderful place for a picnic. It’s also a great entry point for anglers, who frequently catch dolly varden, salmon, and trout in the cold waters of the creek.

To get to the trailhead: from downtown Juneau, head northwest on Egan drive (go 8.6 mi); turn right onto Mendenhall Loop Road (go 2.2 mi); turn left onto Mendenhall Loop Road (aka Back Loop Road) (go 2.3 mi). Park along the edge of the Mendenhall Loop Road at the pullout northeast of the bridge that crosses Montana Creek. You can check out the GPS location here. 

 Trail Funding on the Ballot On October 4

On August 1, the CBJ Assembly decided to put 2 ballot measures before voters that will fund improvements to the Juneau Trail System through 2028. This includes more than $1.7 million for new public use cabins, trail maintenance, and trail signage that would be funded in part by the extension of the temporary 1% sales tax. Voters will decide during the CBJ municipal election on October 4. Stay tuned for more soon. 

 

Resilient Peoples & Place: Alaska Youth Stewards program equips next generation of Prince of Wales land managers

"Just as KJ Santana could not move a half-ton log without relying on the resources standing around him, the ongoing maintenance and restoration of these lands will not succeed without partnerships between local stakeholders. For some members of the next generation, those partnerships can begin while working the handle of a grip-hoist as an Alaskan Youth Steward." -Reuben Schafir

Click below to read the full article on how the Alaska Youth Stewards Program is equipping the next generation of land managers to solve problems, work together, and improve thier communities. 

 

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When you link your Shopper’s Card to Trail Mix, Fred Meyer will make a donation based on a percentage of your spending to support our work of improving and maintaining the Juneau trail system.

All you need to do is create or sign into your Fred Meyer digital account, link your shopper’s card, and choose Trail Mix, Inc. as your selected organization for Community Rewards. Then shop like you always do and know that you’re also supporting our trails. 🌲🥾⛰

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