Celebrate National Trails Day in Denali National Park
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
DENALI PARK, Alaska:Want to know what it takes to provide trails for visitors in Denali National Park? Come join the Denali trail crew on Saturday, June 1 and celebrate National Trails Day by helping with annual maintenance activities on the Mount Healy Overlook Trail.
Volunteers will help the National Park Service trail crew with hauling brush, repairing drainage ditches, and other trail rehabilitation on one of the park's most heavily used trails. This is a great opportunity to get firsthand experience on how trails are built and maintained in a sub-arctic environment, and to enjoy a beautiful area with the potential for great views. Participants should expect to hike 2-4 miles roundtrip, with an approximate 300-foot elevation gain.
The trail crew will meet participants at 8:45 am in the Denali Visitor Center automobile parking lot, located at Mile 1.4 on the Denali Park Road. Look for the group in green and grey uniforms! Come prepared for a strenuous hike and getting your boots muddy. Bring a daypack with water, lunch, snacks, and rain gear. The National Park Service will provide tools and safety equipment. Participants should be back at the parking lot by 4:00 pm.
For additional information go to http://go.nps.gov/DenaliTrailsDay.
Join us in celebrating National Trails Day, and helping to provide additional access to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Additional park information is available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling (907) 683-9532 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes - links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena/connect.htm.
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.