Groups of volunteers spread across the new Under Thunder trail on June 2 as part of the National Trails Day celebrations.
The crews worked on clearing logs and debris and re-vegetating muddy areas along the trail.
Erik Boraas, the executive director of Trail Mix, said he was glad to see so many people come to this year’s celebrations.
Volunteer John Hudson, just happened to be riding his bike on the trails when he came across the project. He parked his bike and joined the effort, picking up moss to cover the sides of the trail.
Brent Fischer, director of Parks and Recreation for the City and Borough of Juneau, said the trail will be part of a Juneau trail system.
“What stands before you may seem just like a simple trail through the woods, but this trail has big dreams. Today the trail begins at the Trail of Time by the Mendenhall Glacier, winds along and connects here in the valley and then will proceed to Egan Drive. It will connect to other neighborhood trails, creating a spectacular trail system for many to enjoy,” Fischer said.
Marti Marshall is the U.S. Forest Service District Ranger in Juneau.
“When it’s completed, you’ll be able to go all the way to downtown Juneau,” she said.
Marshall said there are more than 150 trails in the Juneau area. She highlighted the importance of partnerships and volunteer efforts in making the trails possible.
“We have beautiful trails in this community through amazingly beautiful landscapes,” she said.
Following the ribbon-cutting, volunteers had lunch and local historian Jim Geraghty led a guided nature walk.
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