Reed Lakes Trail
Sat, Sep 11 | Reed Lakes Trailhead

Reed Lakes Trail

The project will focus on the blocking and revegetation of various social trails along several sections of the trail.
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Time & Location

Sep 11, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Reed Lakes Trailhead, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

About the Event

The project will focus on the blocking and revegetation of various social trails along several sections of the trail. The primary objective is to render the social trails impassible. Work will require carrying rocks and other materials to the site work. In the first section, when the trail ascends through the switchbacks we would like to have the social trails that cut switchbacks eradicated and blocked. Then beginning at ~mile 1.75 – 2.0 above the switchbacks, the trail braids through boulders and tundra before crossing the main boulder/creek crossing at mile 2 and becomes difficult to follow. Revegetation and redirection of the public will create a single trail, easily discernable, for the public to follow.  

What to wear:

- Base layer (not cotton)

- Mid/thermal layer

- Insulating layer such as down jacket

- Rain layers (jacket/pants)

- Hat or beanie

- Good hiking boots

What to bring:

- Lunch

- Snacks

- Water

- Extra food and   water

- Sunglasses

- Day pack

- Hand sanitizer

- Sunscreen

- Bug spray

- Work gloves and safety glasses if you have them (otherwise they will be provided)

- Trekking poles (optional)

- Bear spray

- First aid kit (optional)

What NOT to bring: Alcohol, drugs, pets and firearms.

Directions: Reed Lakes Trailhead

~Mile 14.4, Hatcher Pass Road, turn sharp right onto Archangel Road. Parking is available at the fee station (recommended), and at Reed Lakes Trailhead approximately 1,000ft from the fee station. The road beyond the fee station is not maintained and becomes very rough, cars with low clearance should park in the fee station parking lot.

Notes: Volunteers must be 18 or older. The hike to mile 2 will take approximately 1 hour. The first 1.5 miles of trail are relatively flat and well maintained. At Snowbird Village the trail switchbacks up a steep incline and becomes significantly more difficult. The project site is just above the switchback section.  Additional work may require an extended hike up through fields of large boulders. The first is relatively short, the second is substantially longer. While this trail does not require any previous experience, the boulder crossings can prove challenging for hikers who are not comfortable traversing uneven terrain and stepping over large gaps between boulders.

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