John Swada with Alaska Clearing, working on the Ideal Cove Trail. (Photo by Angela Denning)

A contractor with the U.S. Forest Service recently completed repairs on the Ideal Cove Trail, on the east side of Mitkof Island near Petersburg. Hikers say the result is beautiful. The upgraded trail is a spur off of the Three Lakes Trail, which loops along streams through forest and muskeg past Sand, Hill, and Crane lakes. The newly-repaired section connects to Ideal Cove, a rocky beach with a view of the Coast Mountains.

The work cost the Forest Service approximately $495,000 and was completed by a Ketchican-based contractor, Alaska Clearing.

Katherine Monahan spoke with Paul Olson, a trail foreman with the Forest Service, about the project, as well as other projects the agency is working on.