Some people like to spend their vacation on a beach with a good book and a cold drink. But a group of 10 Sierra Club volunteers from the lower 48 had other ideas. They spent a week of their vacation cutting a new trail and doing trail maintenance in the Caines Head State Recreation Area. “I love this part of Alaska and I was thrilled to be able to open up access to some new areas of the park” said Rebecca Dameron the group leader. Everyone must have felt the same way as the group spent five days in clearing an old road, part of the network built to support Fort McGilvray. “It’s amazing how thick the vegetation has become since the fort was abandoned” said volunteer Melissa Taylor of Wellsboro PA. “In most places it is hard to imagine this was once a road”. The new trail provides access to another set of gun emplacements and ammunition storage areas as well as some great vistas of Resurrection Bay. “The new trail from Rocky Point to gun emplacements will give kayakers another day-trip option” said Tom Kain, State Park Specialist and crew chief. “This will relieve some of the crowding on North Beach trails on popular days”. Eventually Tom wants to connect up the trail to South Beach and the rest of the park trail network providing even more hiking options.
The 10 volunteers hailed from all across the country and met up through the Sierra Club’s service trip initiative. Would they do it again? “I can’t wait to come back next year” said volunteer George Epp. There seems to have plenty of work, so hopefully we will see the group back in 2014.
For more information on the new trail contact Parks Specialist Tom Kain, firstname.lastname@example.org