Join American Hiking Society for a volunteer vacation
The American Hiking Society kicks off its 2010 volunteer season with a trip to the Ocala National Forest in Florida. Trips continue through November, offering familiar favorite locations, as well as new and exciting locales.
Join American Hiking Society for a week of building and maintaining trails in exciting and diverse locations across the country. Bring only your camping gear and a willingness to get dirty. AHS provides the rest.
From California, to Washington, to Maine, to the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is a trip to suit your needs and ensure the vacation experience of a lifetime.
Sign up before February 28, 2010, to get a 10 percent discount.
Get more info: www.americanhiking.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer-Vacations/
Download the brochure: Volunteer Vacations Schedule 2010 (PDF)
Sample Trip: Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
National Park Service
June 10-19, 2010
Work on the Historic Chilkoot Trail! These projects are technical, focusing on rock and log step construction
through the first half mile of trail up Saintly Hill. Volunteers will see projects through from beginning to end, starting
with demolition of the existing structures, continuing to trail layout and design to discern possible solutions, gathering
of materials, and concluding with construction of new structures. Work is physical and safety is top priority. The
week is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, and the focus of many campfire conversations to come!
Volunteers will work in the footsteps of the 1898 Alaskan Gold Rush. You will camp in the old boomtown of Dyea and
hike a mile each day to the work site. The town sits at the terminus of the Lynn Canal which is the longest and deepest fjord in North America, penetrating deep into the coastal range. The range is capped with glaciers, providing only three open passes which funnel wildlife between the coast and the interior, and also attracted miners looking to gain quick access to the gold fields of the Yukon. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area including brown and black bears, eagles, salmon, seals, and a plethora of migratory birds.
This trip is rated moderate to difficult. You’ll camp in improved tent sites and daypack a half mile to the work site.
Pickup at Skagway Airport or Ferry Terminal in Skagway, AK. Many locals choose to fly into Juneau and take the
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Skagway.