Spruce Island Trail

Spruce Island is the home of the Native village of Ouzinkie, and is visible from Kodiak on most days. The ATV trail that stretches between Ouzinkie and Sunny Cove has been heroically maintained by residents over the years, but it was time for an upgrade. This project presented a few logistical challenges, such as getting an excavator from the mainland via ferry and to the jobsite via a landing craft. The reward was two beautiful weeks of camping on a mossy beach while we completed the major excavation. Special thanks to Mike Banasiak for cooking, cutting trees and keeping our spirits up, all via sea kayak trips between Spruce Island and Kodiak. Thanks also to Andy Schroeder and Island Trails Network, who put this project together and whose crews installed the Geoblock and bridges.