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Information on the Walking Trails Issue


North Campus Area Management Plan

Information on the Walking Trails Issue

Winter Walking Trails on North Campus

During the recent planning process for the UAF North Campus, the North Campus Subcommittee (NCS) received input on the importance of providing walking trails in the winter. Both written comments and survey results indicated support for expanding winter walking trails. As a result of that input, one of the tasks listed in the North Campus Plan is to consider increasing the number of groomed winter walking trails. However, the NCS does not have information on the design of winter trails desired by walkers.

Currently there are two walking trails designated in the winter; Pooch Loops and Walk to Smith Lake. Neither trail is formally maintained during the winter nor do they make clear connections to the trailheads at the ski hut or West Ridge. In addition to these trails, walking is allowed on the Range Road and the road to access the ASF (i.e., the SAR dish)

The NCS is currently exploring ideas on groomed winter walking trails.

  • At this point the NCS is only gathering information to develop options.
  • Options that are developed will be presented to the public before any are considered for implementation.
  • Input on the options will be solicited from North Campus research, education, and recreation user groups.

  • Walking Trails Feedback

    The NCS is currently exploring ideas on groomed winter walking trails.

  • At this point the NCS is only gathering information to develop options.
  • Options that are developed will be presented to the public before any are considered for implementation.
  • Input on the options will be solicited from North Campus research, education, and recreation user groups.
  • Please provide your input on the following questions.

    Note, your responses will be forwarded to the NCS and will not remain posted on this webpage. Once submitted there is no identifying information associated with your responses (unless you provide such information in a response).

    Affiliation:




    Do you currently use:  

    Walk to Smith Lake



    Pooch Loops



    With respect to expanding the network of groomed winter walking trails, which may include improvements and regular maintenance to Walk to Smith Lake and Pooch Loop, please answer the following. Do you prefer:



    What width is ideal for winter walking trails?




    Is it acceptable to allow dogs on winter walking trails?





    Is it acceptable to allow bicycles on these walking trails?





    How often would you walk on the winter trail system, as described by your responses above, during a typical week during the winter? (Assume average winter temperatures.)





    Would you be willing to contribute, along with other user organizations, to support grooming for winter walking trails?