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Scenic Iditarod National Historic Trail

As musher Mitch Seavey races along the Iditarod National Historic Trail to Nome, we can enjoy the first mile of that trail right here in Seward along the Waterfront starting at the bronze Trail Blazers statue in the Alaska Sealife Center parking lot.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the national trail system, which includes the Iditarod trail. This famous trail is the only National Historic Trail in Alaska designated by Congress. It is also the only winter trail in the National Trails System, the last great gold rush trail, and the only one dedicated to dogs.

Alaska Public Media featured Kevin Keeler, BLM Administrator for the INHT on March 2, 2018 on Addressing Alaskans, archived at https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/03/02/addressing-alaskans-the-iditarod-national-historic-trail/

Kevin noted that people traveled the Iditarod Trail by dog team, foot, and bicycle 100 years ago.

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Today’s dark gray snow-filled squalls marching up the bay provided a dramatic background to the fresh snow, the historic landmarks and other sites, a happy dog, and even a bicycle.  Enjoy your walk along the first mile of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and cheer for all the mushers, past and present!

Carol Griswold


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