EXISTING CONDITIONS – MCNEIL TRAILS

Trailheads, parking, facilities, signs, plowing:

  1. McNeil School Trailhead is off mile 12 East End Road. A ski area highway sign is observable to easterly traveling vehicles.
  2. The McNeil School parking lot is available weekdays during school hours or when the school gate is open. A KNSC volunteer opens and shuts the gate on the weekends.
  3. A KNSC storage shed is at the trailhead with a sign and bulletin board.
  4. The McNeil School parking lot is plowed by the School District.

Trails, Description, ownership, equipment:

  • The KNSC has developed and currently maintains a winter trail system at McNeil School and Eveline State Recreation Area. When the entire trail system is groomed it encompasses approximately 15 kilometers.
  • A Stadium, consisting of a start/finish area, is on McNeil School grounds with an established 7 K loop with shorter connecting options going out from the trailhead. A new .5 K loop has been developed adjacent to the school playground. Most McNeil trails have detailed GPS/GIS data and are depicted on a GIS map. The Eveline connection and Eveline loops need to be added to the maps.
  • No preferred skiing direction is currently designated or type of skiing is noted. Skiers are allowed to ski with dogs on these trails.
  • Land ownership on the McNeil trail system consists of a combination of State of Alaska, HEA power line right-away, Kenai Peninsula Borough and KPB School District lands. An informal verbal use agreement is in place for having trails on this land. A formal agreement is in the process of being signed with the KPB.
  • A snowmachine, roller, drag and tracksetter are stored at the McNeil trailhead.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT – MCNEIL

Short Term Goals – McNeil:

  • Trailhead – access – plowing
    • Change the location of the gate and build a new gate to block off the upper parking lot so the lower lot can remain open after school hours.
  • Facilities – Outhouses – Lighted trails
    • Plan for 3 K lighted trail adjacent to school.
    • Plan for installing a state approved outhouse.
  • Signage – maps – kiosks
    • Build an informational kiosk.
    • Continue sign project by naming loops and installing temporary signs.
    • Install permanent signs.
    • GPS new loop on school grounds.
    • Update maps to show McNeil and Eveline trails together.
  • MOA – Permanent Trail Easements
    • Sign MOA with KPB and create a trail use agreement with the school district.
  • Trails – Bridges
    • Upgrade trails to mower quality. Equipment time and supplies. ($2000)
    • Build one bridge over a creek on the backside of the 7 K loop.
    • Get permit from US Army Corps of Engineers to use heavy equipment and disturb soil if necessary to make these improvements.
    • Improve access for the mower by building a temporary bridge to get over the ditch by the shed and other wet spots.
    • Mow all trails possible in summer or early fall.
    • Continue hazard tree removal.
    • Develop an additional .5 K of trail adjacent to the school near the weather station and behind the Fire station on School and Borough Fire Emergency Services land.
  • Equipment
    • Replace the comb on the roller.
    • Purchase a bundle of bamboo to leave at McNeil.

LONG TERM GOALS – MCNEIL

  • Trailhead – Access – Parking
  • Facilities – Outhouses – Lighted trails
    • Install State approved vaulted outhouse.
    • Develop lighted loop.
    • Build permanent equipment storage shed big enough for snow machines and other equipment and/or piston bully.
  • Signage – Maps – Kiosks
    • Install permanent signs to identify all loops and the connection to Eveline.
  • MOA Permanent Trail Easements
    • Identify land owners and get MOA for trail use to develop the trail to Bald Mountain.
  • Trails – Bridges
    • Sign, groom and maintain a trail to Bald Mountain.
  • Equipment
    • Purchase piston bully once trail is in good enough condition, equipment storage facility is in place and club has money to hire operator and maintenance personnel.

EXISTING CONDITIONS – EVELINE STATE RECREATION AREA TRAILS

Trailheads, parking, facilities, signs, plowing:

  • Eveline State Recreation Area ski trails can be accessed from the McNeil School trailhead or from a separate trailhead off Alpine Meadows Drive approximately 1.5 miles East of McNeil School.
  • The parking lot is a widened area adjacent to the road and has room for 10 – 12 vehicles. A bridge across the ditch makes access for grooming and trail maintenance equipment possible.
  • An outhouse is located near the parking and a picnic table is further out on the trail in a scenic location.
  • The parking lot is plowed by the Borough.

Winter Trails – Description, ownership, equipment:

  • The Eveline State Recreation Site is owned by Alaska State Parks and is managed by the KNSC. A written Memorandum of Understanding has been in effect for the Eveline Site since Feb. 1, 2001. This 60 acre site was donated to State Parks by Edmund Schuster in 1999.
  • Non-motorized winter use includes snow shoeing and skiing with or without dogs.
  • A 3 K trail connects the Eveline system to the McNeil system. The Eveline system is approximately 5 K. The trail is groomed from the McNeil trailhead using the McNeil equipment. Significant snow is necessary before the trail can be groomed. It is possible to transport the equipment to Alpine Meadows and groom from the Eveline trailhead if the connection trail needs more snow.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT – EVELINE STATE RECREATION SITE

Short Term Goals Eveline:

  • Trailhead – access – plowing
  • Facilities – Outhouses – Lighted trails
    • Plan for installing a permanent State approved outhouse.
    • Create outhouse maintenance plan.
  • Signage – maps – kiosks
    • Build an informational kiosk.
    • Continue sign project by naming loops and installing temporary signs.
    • Install permanent signs.
    • GPS Eveline loops and connectors.
    • Update maps to show McNeil and Eveline trails together.
  • MOA – Permanent Trail Easements
  • Trails – Bridges
    • Upgrade all loops and connector trail to access from McNeil earlier in the season. Cut brush and trees as necessary to widen trail..
    • Get permit from US Army Corps of Engineers to use heavy equipment and disturb soil if necessary to make these improvements.
    • Mow all trails in summer or early fall.
    • Continue hazard tree removal.
    • Install boardwalks across muskeg sections.
    • Establish benches at designated rest areas.
  • Equipment

LONG TERM GOALS – EVELINE

  • Trailhead – Access – Parking
  • Facilities – Outhouses – Lighted trails
    • Install State approved vaulted outhouse.
    • Improve picnic area with fire pit, tent platform and yurt or ski hut.
  • Signage – Maps – Kiosks
    • Install permanent signs to identify all loops and the connection to McNeil.
  • MOA Permanent Trail Easements
  • Trails – Bridges
    • Continue work to make these trails 4 season trails.
    • Mark recreation area boundaries along road and around perimeter of area clearly designating area as non-motorized recreation area.
  • Equipment

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