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Rainforest Trail: Crew members headed out to Rainforest early this month to take care of some fallen trees and a washed-out section. Our crew was able to repair a turnpike and fill it back in with gravel. We were given notice about this damaged section of the trail through our Juneau Trails Damage Report. By submitting a damage report, with pictures, we’re able to get a clear idea of what needs to be done and then we can quickly get the trail back in working order. 

Very Beary Berry Patch: This month, we partnered with Southeast Alaska Land Trust to help them install a Beaver Deceiver on a section of the creek that had become flooded. After the success we’ve seen with the Beaver Deceiver at Outer Point Trail, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn how to fully install one. Now, we have this trail technique in our tool kit and will be able to address future flooding concerns. 

Amalga Cabin: Last week a crew spent a few days sprucing up the trail down to the Amalga Cabin. Heavy precipitation had eroded a section of the trail near the beach. To fix the erosion, crews added and compacted gravel. They framed the newly compacted trail with large rocks to help hold everything in place. 

 

Point Bridget: We can’t wait to continue our work at Point Bridget this season! We’re going to be removing the old, slippery boardwalk and replacing it with a fresh gravel trail. Our crew members filled just over 100 bags of gravel to be flown out to the trail during the next weather window. 

Treadwell: The tread work continues! Last year, crews installed five new bridges on the Treadwell Ditch Trail. Currently, crew members are adding approaches to those bridges, improving the tread on rougher sections of trail, and chainsawing fallen trees. 

Lena Point: Unstable bridge no more! Crew members headed out to Lena Point to repair a bridge that had a damaged support structure. Once this bridge is fixed, crew members will begin to address some larger issues on the trail. The steep, eroded hills of the trail will be vastly improved by the end of our work out there.

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One of our favorite holidays is rapidly approaching! National Trails Day is Saturday, June 4th. We have a fun day planned to celebrate our love of Juneau's world-class trails. 

Lemon Creek Volunteering 10am-1pm 

What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than to be on the trail! We will be hosting a volunteer event on the Lemon Creek Trail on Saturday, June 4th from 10 am to 1 pm. 

Volunteers will be improving a section of the trail that was damaged by a large landslide. No prior trail work experience is necessary and all are welcome! Trail Mix will be providing tools and safety gear. Work will include redefining the trail from the landslide and clearing away debris. Come try your hand at being a Trail Mix crew member and join us at Lemon Creek. We will be meeting at the trailhead (park at the cul-de-sac by Home Depot) at 10 am to begin our work. 

Open House 1pm-4pm 

Following the volunteer event, we will be hosting an open house in our new shop! We are located at 5723 Concrete Way–right behind the Lemon Creek Breeze Inn. This is the first time we’ve been able to welcome the community to gather in our new space. During our open house, we’ll be sharing our plans for improving Juneau’s trails this season and how you can get involved. We’ll also be giving attendees a sneak peek of this summer’s Hike for a Pint event!

 

Volunteer Spotlight

Deishú Áak'w-Outer Point: Our Trail Stewards season has officially kicked off! Last Saturday the Girl Scouts of Juneau made an incredible impact on the Deishú Áak'w-Outer Point Trail. While there, they revegetated an eroded section and demolished a stump that was impeding trail access. Once the stump was cut back, the Girl Scouts flattened the area and added a fresh, compact layer of gravel to the trail. 


Herbert River Trail: The VTMT is at it again! Our Volunteer Trail Maintenance Team is back on the trails and they cleared over 80 trees from the Herbert River Trail! After clearing away the treefall, the VTMT set to work on fixing a washed-out section of the trail. After all their hard work, Herbert is smooth riding again.

Trail of the Month

Horse Tram Trail

Distance: 2 miles from Eagle Valley Center trailhead to Boy Scout Beach trailhead. 

Elevation Change: 250 feet

Trail Description: The Horse Tram trail is a relatively flat, nicely graveled trail. This trail can be hiked as an out-and-back or could be hiked as an end-to-end trail if you park one car at Boy Scout Beach trailhead and the other at the Eagle Valley Center. This trail winds through forest, muskeg, and the beach. If you're looking for a short hike with a little of everything Southeast has to offer, head out to the Horse Tram trail. Check out this awesome resource from Discovery Southeast about the plants on the trail. 

Why we love it: This trail is as rich in history as it is in enjoyment. The Horse Tram was created in the early 1900s to service the Amalga settlement and the Eagle River Mine. While hiking, you can keep an eye out on the sides of the trail for old pieces of metal that comprised the tram line. In 2020, Trail Mix gave the muddy social trail a complete makeover. Crew members spent the summer season carving out and graveling the fresh, new trail. 

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Horse Tram trail, click here. 

Directions to the Horse Tram Trail: Eagle Valley Center trailhead, Boy Scout Beach trailhead 

 

 

Upcoming Community Events

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May 19: Annual Casting Night at Twin Lakes. Trout Unlimited, Alaska Fly Fishing Goods, and Rain Country Fly Fishers will be hosting a free community casting event. There will be light snacks and prizes! 

May 21: Girls on the Run 5K. Come out to celebrate Juneau's Girls on the Run teams at our end of season 5K! Since 2008, Girls on the Run has been inspiring and empowering 3rd-8th grade girls across Alaska to be joyful, healthy and confident.

May 21: Guided bird walk at Mendenhall Wetlands 

May 28: Guided bird walk at Eagle Beach 

June 5: Pride OutsideJoin NAMI Juneau and Zach Gordon Youth Center for connection & celebration at our 2nd Annual Pride Outside! Bring your kayak, SUP, or other toys for a free family friendly day of celebrating Pride at Skaters Cabin.

 

Thank you for your support!

We're so excited to kick off our season! With your help, we can continue our work to make Juneau's trails the best in the world. If you can, please find a way to support Trail Mix this season. You can become a member, volunteer, and follow us on social media. 

With your support, we can have another groundbreaking season this year! Help us maintain Juneau's world-class trail system. Click the button below to support Trail Mix, all while scoring deals at Foggy Mountain, NAO, and Cycle Alaska. 

UAS Outdoor Studies Expedition: Sea Kayaking in Glacier Bay

Congratulations to the UAS Outdoor Studies cohort for completing their capstone trip! 

Over the 80-mile trip, the group saw multiple large terrestrial animals like brown and black bears, moose, mountain goats, and wolves, as well as a variety of birds. 

 

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