Legacy Trails Program Awardee


Lost Lake Trail

This project will take place on the beautiful Lost Lake Trail just north of Seward, Alaska and consists of rebuilding a step and run structure to reduce erosion and provide a durable surface when the nearby swamp is full of water. Additional trail maintenance will also be completed as time allows. Most of the trail work will take place within half mile of our designated campsite on the Lost Lake trail. There is an 80-foot section of existing native spruce step and run that has rotted and needs to be replaced.

Applicant: American Hiking Society
Project Location: Seward Ranger District, Chugach National Forest, Alaska
Amount Awarded: $6,381.00

After demolishing the existing structure, we will be using yellow cedar 4x10s that have been cached near the worksite to construct a new structure. Work will be strenuous at times and involve hiking with tools, heavy lifting of large pieces of lumber, dirt work with pulaskis, shovels and picks, and a lot of teamwork. There will be chainsaw use, however volunteers will not be permitted to use chainsaws. We will construct the new structure and the approaches. If time permits, we will work on some light brushing and drainage work.

Unique for this project, the lumber will be brought to the worksite by snow mobile the winter before the project. The tools, group camp gear, and most of the group’s food will be helicoptered to the campsite location a few days prior to the start of the project. Funding is requested as part of the proposal to cover these costs.

The work tools will then need to be carried about half a mile from the campsite to the worksite at the start of the project. Volunteers will be responsible for packing in all their personal gear such as tent, sleeping bag and pad, clothes, comforts, etc. about 3.75 miles from the trailhead to the designated campsite on the Lost Lake trail. Everyone will get dirty and tired, and it will be a fun and productive week in an amazing location!


January- June 2023: Project planning, volunteer recruitment, and material delivery
July 23-29, 2023: Weeklong project completion.

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