A completed bridge across Paris Creek on the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Kreinheder)

A completed bridge across Paris Creek on the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Kreinheder)

Agencies throw celebration of local hiking trail

A Douglas Island trail has been getting a makeover, and people can get an update on the progress this Tuesday.

A popular trail on Douglas Island has been getting a makeover during the past couple years, and people can get an update on the progress this Tuesday.

The “Celebration of the Treadwell Ditch Trail” will take place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Amalga Distillery downtown. The event will include a discussion of the work completed on the trail, the future plans for the trail and question and answer session. The event is organized by Trail Mix, Inc., the Juneau Community Foundation, the Juneau Ranger District and the National Forest Foundation, and partners from those agencies will provide input.

The trail is in the middle of a multi-year renovation project, one that includes installing new bridges and making it easier for hikers to walk all the way from Eaglecrest Ski Area to the Mount Bradley Trailhead. Earlier this summer, someone stole $1,200 worth of lumber from Trail Mix (a nonprofit that maintains Juneau’s trails), which threatened to set the project back. The owners of Amalga Distillery ponied up the funds, and Trail Mix Board President Doug Scudder said he was optimistic that the project can remain on track.

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