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Paid Trail Crews

In addition to Alaska Trail Stewards volunteer events each summer, Alaska Trails hires paid trail crews to decrease the backlog of necessary trail construction and maintenance projects in Southcentral Alaska. Trail crews work in coordination with the US Forest Service and Chugach State Park to complete projects that improve our trail systems. 

In 2024, three trail crews will spend the summer out on our trails, working hard to ensure that we can enjoy the trails that make Alaska so special.

Mat-Su Trail Crew

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This crew will work on multiple technical trail projects this season. The Mat-Su Crew will begin their season in Chugach State Park and will work their way north to Pioneer Peak in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Hatcher Pass. They will construct puncheons, running plank, retaining walls, and stone steps to address highly eroded sections of trails. This crew will also decommission old trail structures and harden mucky sections of trail in addition to a variety of park priority projects. 

Meet the Crew

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Elias Beck, Crew Leader

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Becca LaCroix, Crew Member

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Hannah Gokaslan, Crew Member

Chugach National Forest Trail Crew

The Chugach National Forest Crew will be working on a handful of projects this season ranging from Anchorage to Seward. The crew will begin the season with a new trail construction in Campbell Tract here in Anchorage and work their way south with projects in Whittier, Girdwood, and Seward. This crew will work on new trail construction, existing trail maintenance, and wooden structure work. 

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Meet the Crew

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Maya Bingham, Crew Leader

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Elias Johnson, Crew Member

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Brooks Christian, Crew Member

Brooks Christian, currently living in Eagle River, was born and raised throughout Alaska and is passionate about the abounding beauty and adventure our great state has to offer. He graduated this Spring from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and is looking forward to applying his education to the betterment of Alaska. Having spent the last two summers building trails in Denali National Park and Preserve, this will be his third season of trail work. Brooks loves to spend his free time enjoying the outdoors, dancing to live music, and devouring breakfast burritos.

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Sage Romey, Crew Member
 
Sage is starting her third season as an Alaska Trail crew member. After a few years of doing other things elsewhere, another summer of moving rocks and making trails in the Chugach has beckoned her back home. (That and the draw to spend more time adventuring with her family).

Sage moved to Alaska as a youngster and went to Service High School. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, for the proximity to mountains and ocean, and to pursue an Interdisciplinary degree in Ethnomusicology. After graduating in a tumultuous 2020, she came back home and started working with Alaska Trails on the Middle Fork re-route, and Little O’Malley switchbacks. When the world returned, Sage traded pulaski for a pitchfork and moved to Pennsylvania to work on a biodynamic farm, living and working with young adults with disabilities. Most recently, Sage moved to Bogota, Colombia to work with adults with disabilities. In the months leading up to the current season, she has been driving as far south as the roads go with her partner, exploring the Patagonian Andes and looking at birds. 

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