A sign posted near the trailhead of Raven Trail in Petersburg informs hikers of the closure. The upper part of the popular trail is expected to remain closed through next summer for reconstruction. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)

Most of Raven Trail in Petersburg is closed this summer and next while the U.S. Forest Service begins the third phase of reconstructing it. The popular trail runs from Sandy Beach Road four miles up a mountain to the Raven’s Roost Cabin at 1,745 feet.

The U.S. Forest Service has been working for years to redo the trail so that it is accessible to more people. The service reconstructed the first half mile in 2014 and the second half mile in 2015, creating a six-foot wide gravel trail that leads up to a lookout.

This phase of reconstruction focuses on the next three miles, a steeper part of the trail that goes into the alpine. KFSK’s Angela Denning spoke with Paul Olson about the details. Olson is the Cabin and Trail Program Manager for the Petersburg Ranger District. He says the Raven Trail will narrow down substantially to about two and a half feet wide but it will still be mostly gravel.