Lost Lake Trail, Municipality of Skagway Design, 2020
Just before winter set in for the season, Interior Trails designed & laid out a new 2.5 mile sustainable hiking trail outside of Dyea, in the remote West Creek Valley, from the Jay Frey Bridge to locally-popular Lost Lake.
Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Design Masterplan Design-Consulting, 2019-present
Interior Trails is proud to be the trail design firm on the multi-disciplinary MGRA design team. Headed by architects from ECI, our team is comprised of landscape architects at Walker-Macy, as well as staff from Huddle, AWL Engineers, and others. The recent MGRA Masterplan prioritized new and improved trails, and IT has been doing conceptual designs, map work, and, of course, lots of field reconnaissance to create new experiences and connectivity in this iconic Juneau USFS landmark.
Curry to K'esugi Trail Design-Build, 2020-2022
Interior Trails is currently at work on this 3-year project, funded by a collaborative effort between Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation, AK State Parks, and USF&WS. In 2020, we designed a 15-mile backcountry trail in Denali State Park to connect the existing Curry Ridge Trail to the popular K'esugi Ridge Trail. IT will begin hand construction in 2021, and when complete, this system will be the longest continuous backcountry alpine hiking trail in Alaska, at around 52 miles. IT completed all aerial & ground reconnaissance with backpacks and helicopter flights to design this beautiful, sustainable uniquely Alaskan gem.
Curry Ridge Trail Design-Build, 2015-2016 Interior Trails completed this multi-stage project in Denali State Park as part of the new Kesugi Ken Visitor Complex. IT designed and built a 2 mile, 4' wide hiking trail from the new trailhead to tree line, with a 2 ton mini- excavator (and lots of hand finishing). IT subcontracted the first dozer-cut to Jon Underwood, of Happy Trails, Inc., who brought his skills and Sutter 500 down from Fairbanks. Additionally, IT designed another mile in the sub-alpine area that was built by hand by the Denali State Park trail crew.
Upper Troublesome Creek Assessment, Prescription, Design & Layout, 2011-2012 IT designed FEMA funded reroutes in response to catastrophic trail washouts from severe flooding. Work included assessing trail to be retained or rerouted, along with detailed 50' Stationing w/ Construction Notes for hand built trail, including multiple structures & creek crossings, for 9 miles of rugged backcountry trail.
Mt. Baldy Trail, Municipality of Anchorage, Eagle River Assessment, Prescription, Design & Layout, 2014 This popular trail, sometimes called the "Flattop of Eagle River", was being loved to death. IT's design rerouted the worst sections of erosion and degradation using switchbacks and climbing turns. IT provided detailed stationing & construction notes for an SCA field crew to construct trail, as well as recommendations for State Park crews to continue improvements.