Eagle Scout Revamps Iditarod Trail

The trail before.

Seventeen year-old Nick Reiter dedicated the last two weekends to the project that will lead him to becoming an Eagle Scout. The senior at South Anchorage High School used the Alaska Trails Tool Trailer and directed 49 volunteers, including other Boy Scouts, to rehabilitate a mile of the Historic Iditarod Trail in Girdwood. The section of the trail is near the Winner Creek Trailhead off of Crow Creek Road.

Throughout the four work days, the 49 volunteers put in 383 hours on the site, brushing out a mile of the trail – a very impressive Eagle Scout project.

“I like to backpack and hike a lot, and I have benefited from lots of trails. I wanted to pick an Eagle Scout project that would give back to the community,” Nick said, about why he chose the project. “I wanted to do something hard and worthwhile, something that people will be able to enjoy.”

Nick utilized a tool trailer from Alaska Trails, a statewide non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails in Alaska. Alaska Trails typically charges a rental fee for the tool trailer, but provided it free of charge for this important volunteer project.

The project in progress.