Local News

Work begins on River View Trail

 

A National Park Service trail crew is working on the River View Trail in Sitka National Historical Park. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

A National Park Service trail crew is working on the River View Trail in Sitka National Historical Park. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

The National Park Service began work this week on the River View Trail in the Sitka National Historical Park.

Listen to iFriendly audio.

River View Trail runs along the west side of Indian River from the footbridge up to Sawmill Creek Road. The first half of the trail is smooth, compacted gravel – a jogger’s dream. The Park Service did work here in 2011. Now, they’ve returned to finish the job.

The Park inherited half of this trail when it took over land owned by Sheldon Jackson College over a decade ago. Park users had forged their own trail connecting it to the Totem Park system. The Park Service decided to make both trails official. Chief Ranger Carin Farley spearheaded the project.

“What we’d like to do is get people on an official trail instead of having social trails that go all over, allowing for damage to the resource,” Farley said.

The crew is re-grading the trail, tearing out old wood stairs, and removing obstructions. The Park Service expects the trail will be finished in mid-November.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Stop, drop, and roll! October is fire safety month

Firemen1
Fire Chief Dave Miller talks about taking care of your woodstoves and space heaters. He encourages families to have a safety plan in place in case of a fire. Downloadable audio. more

Allison focuses on fishing fleet, accountability

Alexander Allison is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 4, 2016. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)
The middle school teacher and former charter fisherman wants the city to be more proactive in pursuing revenue opportunities like a full-service marine haul-out, but also be more transparent in it’s day-to-day operations. more