Sitka Trail Works announces Thimbleberry Lake Trail maintenance project for National Trails Day

Help Sitka Trail Works celebrate National Trails Day by participating in its annual trail maintenance event.

Meet from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Thimbleberry Lake Trail trailhead entrance. This year’s trail maintenance event will feature Sitka Trail Works board members and others making repairs to the Thimbleberry Trail. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, and favorite gloves, pruners, trash grabbers and loppers. Tools and snacks will be provided.

More information is available at http://www.sitkatrailworks.org or by calling 747-7244. Any preteens/teens who are younger than 18 and want to help need to be there with an adult and have a liability wavier signed by their legal guardian.

Sitka Trail Works announces Thimbleberry Lake Trail maintenance project for National Trails Day

Help Sitka Trail Works celebrate National Trails Day by participating in its annual trail maintenance event.

Meet from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Thimbleberry Lake Trail trailhead entrance. This year’s trail maintenance event will feature Sitka Trail Works board members and others making repairs to the Thimbleberry Trail. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, and favorite gloves, pruners and loppers. Tools and snacks will be provided.

More information is available at http://www.sitkatrailworks.org or by calling 747-7244.

Sitka Trail Works announces trail maintenance project for National Trails Day

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Help Sitka Trail Works celebrate National Trails Day by participating in its annual trail maintenance event.

Meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Kimsham trailhead entrance to the Cross Trail. This year’s trail maintenance event will feature Sitka Trail Works board members and others making repairs to the Cross Trail from the water tower to Cascade trailhead. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, and favorite gloves, pruners and loppers.

More information is available at http://www.sitkatrailworks.org or by calling 747-7244.

Sitka National Historical Park announces National Trails Day events

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On Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, Sitka National Historical Park will celebrate National Trails Day, a day set aside to enjoy and appreciate the recreational opportunities within your public lands.

To celebrate this occasion, the park will be organizing various activities that show that trails aren’t just for walking. This years’ events will highlight alternative recreational opportunities which include Movement Inspired by Nature for kids on Friday and T’ai Chi Chih on Saturday. Participants interested in attending these program should meet at the park’s visitor center.

Sitka National Historical Park’s
National Trails Day event schedule

  • Friday, June 3, 9:30-10:15 a.m. — Movement Inspired by Nature for kids with Jasmine Shaw. Jasmine will lead youth through various movements and poses that mimic the natural world. This program is geared for preschool through second grade-aged youth and their parents or guardians. Youth must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.
  • Saturday, June 4, from 2-3 p.m. — T’ai Chi Chih with Martina Kurzer. T’ai Chi Chih consists of 19 stand-alone movements and one pose, and is appropriate for people of all ages. Martina has been an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor since 2000.

The National Trails Day activities will be held outside if the weather is conducive for outdoor activities. Events will be moved indoors in the event of adverse weather conditions.

ntd_2013_copyright2_rgb-1024x1019All participants taking part in the National Trails Day activities as well as anyone who recreates within the park is eligible to participate in the Park Prescriptions program. This initiative encourages recreation within the park by providing incentives for participants. Cash drawings awarded by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation are held quarterly. If you are interested in participating in the program, stop by the park’s visitor center to pick up a punch card.

National Trails Day is a nationwide annual event from the American Hiking Society that celebrates the vast recreational opportunities on America’s trails. Please note that this is a family activity and all children must be supervised.

You are welcome to come for all or part of the event as we join thousands of other people across the country in celebrating the many trails that allow access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and physical and mental health. In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial, and you can celebrate by going to the FindYourPark.com website.

For more information about these events, please contact Ryan Carpenter at (907) 747-0121 or ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the National Park Service at http://http://www.nps.gov. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park at http://http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

State parks closure prompts National Trails Day maintenance by Sitka Trail Works

Mosquito Cove Trail photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org

Mosquito Cove Trail photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org

SitkaTrailWorksLogoDo you ever visit Halibut Point Recreation Area, Mosquito Cove Trail, the Forest and Muskeg Trail, Old Sitka, Castle Hill or Fort Rousseau? These are Sitka’s Alaska State Parks and their future is threatened.

Proposed budget cuts this year zero out all support for the Sitka parks in the Alaska State Parks system, and local state park ranger Nick True will be moved out of Sitka. In addition, the plan is to close the local Alaska State Parks office, and eliminate the part-time staff and campground hosts who help maintain these sites.

Sitka will still have state parks, but there will be no garbage pick-up, bear control, reservations for picnic sites, trail maintenance, or brush control.

ntd_2013_copyright2_rgb-1024x1019As part of the American Hiking Society’s 23rd annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, Sitka Trail Works will host a trail maintenance event at the Mosquito Cove Trail. This volunteer work party will be led by the Sitka Trail Works board of directors.

All volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Mosquito Cove Trailhead at 9:15 a.m. (the trailhead is located seven miles from downtown Sitka on Halibut Point Road and is three-quarters of a mile beyond the ferry terminal, past Starrigavan Campground). The Mosquito Cove Trail is part of the Old Sitka State Historical Park.

“National Trails Day encourages Americans to connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments, as well as federal land managing agencies, to experience, appreciate, and share the natural places we cherish,” Sitka Trail Works said.

Sitka National Historical Park to host National Trails Day events on Saturday, June 6

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SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignFun for the whole family will be the focus when the Sitka National Historical Park hosts its annual National Trails Day events on Saturday, June 6.

Fun family activities range from scavenger hunts to a toddler hike, allowing families to explore and enjoy the recreational opportunities offered by the park’s trails. In addition, the park also will offer its regular Totem Walk, which explores the stories and legends on the Totem Loop Trail. You can find a detailed schedule at this link.

Sitka National Historical Park’s
National Trails Day Event Schedule

  • Toddler Hiking Group and Picnic, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Join us for a hike along the park’s trails with your toddler. A ranger will join the group and help toddlers complete a scavenger hunt while hiking through the park. Following the hike, at 11:30 a.m., join other families for a beach picnic. Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnicking supplies and refreshments. Please RSVP for the group hike by calling the park’s visitor center at 747-0110.
  • National Trails Day Trail Scavenger Hunt, 2-3 p.m. — How well do you know Sitka National Historical Park’s trails? Find out during the National Trails Day scavenger hunt. This event, designed for school-aged children and their families provides opportunities for participants to discover various park resources. Participants will earn a Junior Ranger sticker at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt.
  • Totem Walk, 2-3 p.m. — The Totem Walk tells the stories and legends of the totem poles on the Totem Loop Trail, focusing on the common totem figures, the origins of the 1903 John Brady collection, carving methods, and the Alaska Native culture of Southeast Alaska. This guided walk is approximately one mile, and lasts about one hour.
  • Ice Cream Social, 3 p.m. — Following the scavenger hunt, enjoy some refreshing ice cream on the seaside porch of the park’s visitor center.

ntd_2013_copyright2_rgb-1024x1019National Trails Day is a nationwide annual event from the American Hiking Society that celebrates the vast recreational opportunities on America’s trails. Please note that this is a family activity and all children must be supervised.

You are welcome to come for all or part of the event as we join thousands of other people across the country in celebrating the many trails that allow access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and physical and mental health. In 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial, and you can celebrate by going to the FindYourPark.com website.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the National Park Service at www.nps.gov. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park at www.nps.gov/sitk or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

Sitka National Historical Park to host National Trails Day event Saturday, June 7

NTD_2013_copyright2_RGB-1024x1019SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignOn Saturday, June 7, people all around the country will celebrate National Trails Day, a day set aside to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors. A local celebration of National Trails Day will be hosted by Sitka National Historical Park starting at 2 p.m. at the park’s Visitor Center.

In order to make every hike a safe experience, Sitka National Historical Park invites you to an educational event focusing on safety in bear country and an orientation to the recently completed River View Trail.

The event will begin with a showing of The Ends of the Earth, an award winning documentary about the ecosystem of Katmai National Park and Preserve and the Alaska Peninsula, a landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the most prolific in the world.

The second part of the event will focus specifically on bear safety and will include a short Bear Spray Training video, a review of basic safety tips regarding hiking in bear country and hands on practice with bear spray techniques using inert canisters. This event focuses on bear spray use and will not include information or discussion about firearms and bears.

The event will conclude with a tour of the recently completed River View Trail with Chief Ranger, Carin Farley. Come see the latest addition to the trail system at Sitka National Historical Park and hear about the tools and techniques that were used by the trail crew from Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to complete the project last fall.

Sitka National Historical Park’s
National Trails Day event schedule

  • 2 pm – The Ends of the Earth (26-minute video) in the park’s Visitor Center theater
  • 2:30 pm – Bear Spray Training video (12 minutes) in the park’s Visitor Center theater
  • 2:50 pm – Bear spray practice using an inert canister outside the park’s Visitor Center
  • 3:15 pm – Walking tour of the of the new River View Trail starting from the Visitor Center lobby

You are welcome to come for all or part of the event as we join thousands of other people across the country in celebrating the many trails that allow access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and physical and mental health.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the National Park Service at www.nps.gov. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park at www.nps.gov/sitk or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.