A long, long time ago, in a magical place far, far away I worked on a trail crew building the roadside trail from Denali National Park's Headquarters to the Entrance area where the visitors services were located. I worked with an amazing, hard working and fun crew. Joyce was our trail boss and Jim was the R&T (Roads & Trails) boss, the man in charge. It was great summer work, being outside, working hard and getting paid well. And after almost 25 years, the trail still stands, a beautiful reality of one man's vision and our mission. A 3.5 mile ribbon of compacted gravel used daily by visitors and employees alike. Wish I had construction photos to share, but if I do, they are packed away in storage somewhere. So here it is, as it looks today.
Park Service buildings at Headquarters.
The Roadside Trail.
The retaining wall.
A beautiful walk in the woods.
A bench to relax on and rest.
What we called the "Rock Garden".
A rock fall from a hillside to the left.
One of my favorite spots.