PUBLISHED: 1:38 PM on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Park crews clean up Blueberry Trail
JUNEAU - Juneau's parks and recreation maintenance and landscaping crews worked with an AmeriCorps trail crew provided by the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association last week to clean up the Blueberry Trail on Mendenhall Peninsula.

The crews hauled three junked cars, 10 refrigerators and freezers, 37 tires and 18,000 pounds of junk and rubbish to the landfill.

The one-mile Blueberry Trail, located on Engineers Cutoff Road, crosses FAA and CBJ land as it climbs 300 feet to a ridge top with excellent views of the Mendenhall Wetlands and Auke Bay.

According to 90 Short Walks Around Juneau, a guide written by Mary Lou King, the trees were clear-cut on this ridge in the early 1960s to improve the flight approach to the airport.

Blueberries grew in abundance after the trees were cut, giving the trail its name. Today, there are still blueberries to be found, but the trees are again taking over.