Summertime Trail Talk 2016
BEACH LAKE TRAILS:
In contract with Eagle River Parks and Recreation and with the cooperation of the Chugiak/Eagle River Nordic Ski Club, our NSAA Operations "Crew of Two" (Craig and Bill) have been working to create a new trail head and connecting trails to the new parking lot by the railroad tracks off of Beach Lake Rd. This new lot was developed three years ago to accommodate overflow parking from the lot at the Beach Lake Chalet trailhead.
From April 14 to May 14, Bob Stehn (volunteer extraordinaire) organized and led work parties of 21 different volunteers and logged 135 volunteer hours on 23 days cutting and clearing brush and trees. Here's a shot of some of the 300 remaining stumps.
|Trail from new parking lot to Junkyard|
Bill and Craig moved in a few weeks ago with heavy equipment (thank you NC Machinery) to remove the stumps and manipulate the dirt to form a sustainable trail surface.
|Bill in the Loader|
|Craig in the Dozer|
|Trail to New Parking Lot|
|Parking Lot from new trailhead|
Additional work on North Pasture will alleviate swampy conditions and improve the structure of the trail.
|Geotextile fabric purchased by Chugiak/ER Nordic Ski Club|
Overall, the project is going well and the weather has been cooperating. Craig and Bill anticipate completion around the first week of June. At which point, they'll take their operation and move to Kincaid Park to address some much needed maintenance on those trails. Stay tuned for more Trail Talk updates throughout the summer...in the meantime, enjoy the trails!