Trail building in Alaska: Summer of 2021


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  • A tool
    A tool at work. Photo from MatSu Trail Parks Foundation.
  • A trail near Kachemak Bay
    A trail near Kachemak Bay
  • Alaska Trails Volunteers
    Alaska Trails Volunteers
  • Kincaid Park
    Trails at Kincaid Park, photo by Paul Twardock.
  • trail crew
    A trail crew near Kachemak Bay.
  • trail crew
    A trail crew near Kachemak Bay

Trails are one of the primary infrastructures in the outdoors. They lead us to destinations or are and end unto themselves. Trails get us through the bushes and into the high country. They provide opportunities for observing nature, exercise, and relaxation. A good trail is well designed and built to avoid erosion and lasts a long time. Trail building in Alaska has come a long way since people went straight up the fall line. Alaska Trails and other organizations and trail building businesses spend the winter months funding and planning for the summer trail building season. This show talks with the people who will be working on trails around the state, discussing what trail-building projects are happening this summer.

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • Steve Cleary: Alaska Trails
  • Kathy Sarns-Irwin: Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks
  • Christine Byl: Interior Trails
  • Wes Hoskins: Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation
  • Nelson Crone: Valley Mountain Biker and Hikers


BROADCAST: Thursday, May 6th, 2021. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

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