Iditarod National Historic Trail - Southern Trek

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #15

 

TRAIL MILES

120

FORESTS INVOLVED

  • Chugach National Forest, Alaska

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The Iditarod National Historic Trail - Southern Trek (INHT) comprises 120 miles of trail in south central Alaska in close proximity to over half of the state’s population. People can get outside in the summer and winter and enjoy a broad spectrum of motorized and non-motorized opportunities in and around the Chugach National Forest and learn about historic sites of Alaska’s Gold Rush era.

Traversing alpine tundra and wetter meadow ecosystems in the northernmost temperate rain forest, the trail system is maintained to provide public access and to protect fragile natural and cultural resources. Current work on the Southern Trek includes restoration of the 120 miles of existing trail and development of new trail to connect the communities of Seward, Moose Pass, Whittier, and Girdwood. Partners, other agencies, and interns and volunteers from local communities are assisting the Forest Service with accomplishing critical trail maintenance activities and trail expansion projects.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove overgrown brush
  • Repair and install trail bridges, puncheon, and turnpikes
  • Stabilize soil to reduce water erosion
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Conduct general trail maintenance

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Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include:

  • Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance
  • Alaska Trails
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Chugachmiut
  • Alaska Trails
  • Trail Mix, Inc.
  • Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers
  • King Career Center, Anchorage School District
  • Girdwood Trails Committee
  • Kenai Mountain –Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Community Corridor Association
  • Chugach Children’s Forest partner Alaska Geographic
  • National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
  • State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Learn More & Get involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Karen Kromrey
Forest Recreation Program Manager
Email: karen.kromrey@usda.gov
Phone: (907) 743-9508

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/trails/priority-areas/iditarod