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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, Chugach State Park, the BLM, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Hatcher Pass State Park to complete projects that improve our trail systems. 

In 2024, two 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

Elias Beck joined the Alaska Trails team in 2023 to lead the South Fork Eagle River Trail Crew. He is a born and raised Alaskan, and spent his youth exploring and recreating in Palmer and surrounding areas. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. Before Alaska Trails, Elias worked as a Trails Technician for Matanuska-Susitna Borough Parks and Recreation. Elias is enthusiastic about trail stewardship and enjoys mountain biking in his free time. 

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Becca LaCroix, Crew Member

This is Becca’s second season with Alaska Trails and she is grateful to have this opportunity to work outside and to be a part of the trails community. Becca hails from hiking the trails of the North Cascades and now also works as an RN at ANMC. Becca enjoys taking her dog, Finn, out on adventures whenever she can!

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Hannah Gokaslan, Crew Member

Hannah is excited to return to Alaska Trails after working on the South Fork Trail in Eagle River last year. Born in Texas and raised in Baltimore, Hannah has slowly made her way North, spending four years in Vermont before moving to Anchorage in 2021. She feels grateful to live in a place with such varied seasons and looks forward to building trails and connecting with new parts of the land this summer.

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Del Horner, Crew Member

Del Horner is looking forward to working on an Alaska Trails crew again this summer after working on the South Fork Valley trail crew last year. Prior to Alaska Trails, Del worked on the Mat-Su Borough Trail Crew for two summers. Del enjoys building things and is currently building a robot to go to the moon. 

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Carl Mayer, Crew Member

Carl Mayer eagerly anticipates his first season with Alaska Trails. Hailing from Maine by way of Montana, Carl moved to Alaska in December of 2023. A passionate alpine climber and all around backcountry enjoyer, he looks forward to the opportunity to get out into the backcountry both on his work days and his days off. 

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

Hailing from what some call the 'Paris of Appalachia', Maya was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Maya attended school in Southern California and has since been living and working her way up the west coast. Maya joined the Alaska Trails team during the 2023 trail season on the South Fork Eagle River Trail Crew. Maya has experience working with the land on americorps crews, private organizations and federal agencies across California, Oregon, Washington and now Alaska. When not treading lightly around in the woods, Maya stays creative and has been known to roller skate.

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Elias Johnson, Crew Member

Elias Johnson joined Alaska trails in 2023 to work on the South Fork Eagle River Trail. He was born and raised in Alaska and grew up playing in the mountains around southcentral Alaska. He currently is attending University of Alaska Southeast. He enjoys skiing, running and climbing in Alaska's backcountry in his free time.

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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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Josie Martin, Crew Member

Josie Martin enjoyed working last summer on a state park trail crew and is excited to be joining Alaska Trails this season. She has taken a break from college where she pursued interests such as outdoor studies and leadership, ethnobotany and art. Josie has been a part of the Arctic Youth Ambassador program and hopes to continue to learn how to advocate and act for Alaska's people and places. She is interested in how we deal with our waste so that we can keep our home clean! Josie enjoys reading (including graphic novels!), making art, playing games, brainstorming, and being outside.

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