Denali National Park Seeks Input on Trails
Denali Park, Alaska: It has been almost 30 years since the National Park Service articulated a vision for trails in the General Management Plan (GMP) for Denali National Park and Preserve (DENA). The 1986 plan has had major revisions since, especially in the 1997 Front country Plan (FCP) and the 2006 Backcountry Plan (BCMP). The park has completed many of the projects in the FCP and BCMP and the maintained trail network is popular with visitors. The park's designated wilderness remains largely free of maintained trails but is subject to social trail formation. The park is interested in revisiting its vision for trails as it approaches its Centennial in 2017.
The park is planning to articulate a vision for trail management in a formal Trails Plan, as well as pursue an Environmental Assessment (EA) of a Nenana River Trail (proposed in the FCP), a Mt. Healy Overlook Loop Trail (proposed in the BCMP and FCP), and trail connections to an improved Day Use Area along Riley Creek.
The public is invited to comment on:
•Hiking opportunities in Denali,
•Proposals for future trails or suggestions for limiting trail development,
•Specific suggestions for bicycle use & pets on trails, for construction and maintenance standards, and signage
•Use of and visions for winter trails and river trails
•Input in planning a Nenana River Trail and a Mt Healy Overlook Loop Trail
•& any related trail topic.
Planning documents are linked to this website under "LINKS" found along the left column.
Comments are encouraged and may be submitted through Oct. 31, 2015.
Jared Zimmerman or Aaron Eddington (Trails) 907.683.6419
Molly McKinley (Outdoor Recreation Planner) 907.683.6241