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Crew member smiles at the camera and holds up a thumbs up. He is holding a chainsaw and wearing orange chaps

That's a wrap! 

A few short weeks ago we officially wrapped up our 2021 trail season. We had 17 amazing crew members work with us throughout the season and completed 15 different trail projects!

Currently, we have a few crew members still out and about in the snow. When they're not working on building out our new shop, our winter crew is out addressing concerns from the Juneau Trails Damage Report. In the last week alone they've cleared up eight blowdowns! 

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Auction Recap

It's been a week since our annual auction and we're still blown away by the amazing support we received from our community. 

We want to extend a huge thank you to all of the makers, artists, bakers, businesses, and community members who donated amazing items or experiences to our auction. Thank you to everyone who registered, bid, and won in our auction. 

Year after year, you show up in huge ways for us. We are so thankful to build and maintain trails for the Juneau community. 

Hike for a Pint

Grab a buddy, your hiking boots, and your passport because Hike for a Pint is back for the winter! 

Getting outside in the winter can be tough. Freezing temps, darker days, and piles of snow can make going on a winter trek feel impossible. But we've found that the chilly temps become a little more bearable when we bring a friend along. So, mark your calendars and text your friends, because Winter Hike for a Pint tickets go on sale January 5th.  

 
Ryan smiles and holds open the door to the new shop.
 

We moved!

Trail Mix is in the middle of our biggest transition yet--the move from our 4x8 foot storage locker to our very own shop. Our new shop will house all of our tools, provide a place for crew training, and be our main home base. With the help of our amazing Trail Mix community, we've already raised $9,000 to outfit our new shop! But there's still plenty more to do. We're working with a blank canvas here at our shop. Can you pitch in to help outfit our new space?

Here’s what your donation will accomplish —

$50 will help us buy basic supplies like lubricants, oil, brushes, sharpeners, and more. 

$100 will help us buy replacement parts for tools like pulaskis and chainsaws.

$250 will help us buy maintenance equipment for machinery and vehicles like a belt sander.

$500 will help us build storage and a workbench so our gear is organized and ready for the field.

By contributing to this new shop, you are investing in the future of Trail Mix and our ability to care for Juneau’s trails. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely, 

Ryan O'Shaughnessy 

Executive Director 

 
View of the trail leading out to Point Louisa. Trail is covered in snow and the sky is overcast.

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Point Louisa

While most think of sunny evenings by a campfire when they think of Auke Recreation area, there's still plenty of beauty in the winter. A short walk will take you out to the peaceful Point Louisa to marvel at the snowcapped mountains across the channel.

 

 

Snowy trees are on either side of a trail covered in snow.

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Clear Water Creek Trail

Enjoy a snowy walk next to the Mendenhall River on the Kaxdigoowu trail. Our favorite place to hop on the trail is from the River Road trailhead, off of Mendenhall Loop Road. This trail has lots of different locations to hop on and off. Choosing a different location to start your hike can make for an exciting new experience. 

 

View of Eagle lake and Eagle Glacier.

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West Douglas Road

If you're looking for a nice place for some winter fun, look no further than the West Douglas Access Road. This road is currently public use and has become a pop-up spot for all sorts of recreation. Juneau Nordic Ski Club has already begun grooming the trail to open it up for winter recreation. Click the link above to look at the current conditions of the trail.  

 

Juneau resident leaves one last gift for local nonprofits

"Diane Hunsbedt lived a quiet life in Juneau, enjoying the company of her dogs and walking the many trails in town.

So it’s unsurprising that when she died, she left one final gift for nonprofits in town who look out for those interests, Trail Mix Inc. and Juneau Animal Rescue." 

Click the button below to continue reading the article by Michael S. Lockett.   

Sustainable Southeast Partnership is hiring an SSP Youth Catalyst! 

We are thrilled to welcome the next phase of youth programming at the Sustainable Southeast Partnership by announcing our first ever Youth Catalyst position.

This position will be hosted by Tlingit & Haida and will be responsible for managing the Alaskan Youth Stewards programs, coordinating with the Indigenous Guardians team to support youth skill building, and developing additional programs for youth to benefit our region. 

Please share this email with your networks and encourage interested folks to apply. The first round of applications will be reviewed December 14th.  

Trail Mix, Inc.
(907) 209-5069 | info@trailmixinc.org

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