Project Description: Give back in one of North America’s most iconic parks! Volunteers will perform trail maintenance duties including removal of encroaching vegetation and drainage and tread repair on the Savage Canyon and Savage Alpine Trails. The Savage River area, located at mile 15 of Denali Park Road, is the end of the paved, publicly-accessible portion of the Park Road. That, combined with the natural beauty of the area and views of Mount McKinley, makes it a popular destination for hikers, sight-seers, wildlife watchers, and more. The nature of the work may include up to 5 miles of day hiking carrying tools and a heavy pack, working alongside the Savage River or in tundra on the Savage Alpine Trail.
Hosting Organization: National Park Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 5 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 14
Area and Attractions: Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,320' Mount McKinley. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility, and wilderness await!
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in primitive tent sites at Savage River Campground which sits about 3,000' above sea level. Sites are screened with brush in most cases. An old gravel road leads through the campground towards Savage River itself, where the trees are less dense and beautiful, open views can be had. On clear days, Mt. McKinley is visible from this area, a short walk from your private group campsite. Vault toilets, potable water, and fire pits are available. Cooking gear, plates, bowls, cups, and utensils will be provided, as well as cookstoves and propane. Showers available at end of trip. Participants should bring tents, warm sleeping bags, pads and personal gear.
Climate Information: Weather can vary widely in the summer in Alaska. The weather might be sunny and warm with days in the 70s and nights in the 50s
Travel Information: No airport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Fairbanks International Airport (2 hour drive) or Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (4.5 hour drive).
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12