Hope everyone is enjoying the trails in this beautiful, if hot, weather and that the bugs haven't sucked too much blood out of you.
1. Help with the trails. Trail work day on Bearberry Bluff, Sunday, July 14, 10am-4pm. Be ready to leave the Long Lake Trailhead parking area at 10am. Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers and MSB trail crew are leading a work day to help finish the new Bearberry Bluff trail. Wear or bring appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, lunch, bug dope, and any trail tools you may have. VMBaH will have Pulaskis and McCleods. Park in the Long Lake Trailhead parking lot: Take Colleen St off the Glenn Hwy, then follow fish signs along the paved road and continue on the lumpy gravel road past Canoe and Irene Lakes. Turn left at the Long Lake Access sign at top of hill.
If people can carpool, that can help with parking or if people have really low vehicles.
We're hoping that all users can help since everyone uses these trails.
And keep an eye out on our FB or website or VMBaH's to check for any changes in plans. We wanted to get this on people's schedules since we know how busy July is. (It's not on VMBaH's website yet, but we've been coordinating with the leaders.)
Remember if you put in 8 hours of trail work on MSB trails during an official work day, you can apply for a MSB parking permit valid for a year. Most work days get 4-6 hours of work.
Hope to see you all on Sunday, July 14.
2. Crevasse-Moraine Trailhead parking is supposed to open July 1. At least that's the plans. The CXT is supposed to be installed Sunday, but even if it isn't, there's still the old outhouse down below.
3. Trail crew job announcements for MSB trail crew. Due date July 9. Opportunities for those who want a summer job building trails.
4 Park Maintenance Tech 1
1 Park Maintenance Tech 2
(yea, I know that link looks strange, but that's it. the link opens to more detail)
They will likely help construct the new trail near Bearberry Bluff in Greenbelt Central then general trail maintenance.
These are at least partly funded by Recreational Trails Program grant that MSB was awarded as result of proposal last fall. Congratulations, Mark Gronewald, on a very successful application, scoring the highest in the state.
4. Mat-Su College construction. If you've been there lately, you've noticed some construction in lots of places. The best access appears to be from Snodgrass Hall Trailhead and heading back on the Arboretum Loop. The College Connector near the subdivision seems to be impacted by some of the road construction on Cottrell Campus Drive. I have updated the trailhead map to reflect the loss of Mat-Su Campus Trailhead, but we still have the neighborhood one on Cottrell Campus Drive as well as the one behind Snodgrass Hall (go through parking lot then around right end of building to a paved lot in back right by the trailhead). http://goo.gl/maps/RAsI
5. Long Lake Loop reroute wasn't open as of Wed (wasn't out there today), but is looking like it should be open soon. (pin flags or logs at both ends) Please stay off until they remove the barriers. This was worked on by MSB and State Parks crews as well as National Trails Day volunteers this year and last. This bypasses the steep downhill at the east end of Long Lake. I'm assuming they are leaving the original trail since that's one of our key fitness-assessors in the trail system.
Enjoy the trails.