Oct 7: Rumor has it that a couple of SCUM were out brushing the trails at Birch Hill the other day. If SCUM can do it, anyone can! No snow in the forecast (darn!), but that means you still have opportunities to go out and do some brushing! Check the details below.

Sept 26: We got a report in from Nathan Vonnahme: We had 5 adults and 7 kids work on Black Hole for about 90 Brushing volunteersminutes yesterday (Wednesday). We trimmed the edges, anything reachable that looked like it would droop onto the trail. From Black Funk exit around High Road to the beginning of Black Abyss, if i have my sub-loop names straight. It was fun! There is still more brush encroaching on the lower part Black Hole.

There’s still time to get out there and do some more brushing! Check the list below.



The incredible trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area are only incredible if you can use them. They are in constant need of brushing for both winter and summer use. The NSCF Trail Crew has already done some brushing but more is needed.

Head Groomer Tom Helmers says brushing is needed on these trails:

  • Black Loops,
  • Blue,
  • White Bear to Sonot Junction.

Tom encourages individuals and groups to head out onto the trails and do some brushing. He does have a few rules:

  • Don’t get hurt.
  • Remove any brush that is within 10 to 15 feet of the trail.
  • Remove any thing you cut off the trail surface.
  • Do not fell any trees larger than two to three inches in diameter.
  • Watch for overhead power lines–do not cut anything that will hit the power lines.
  • Have Fun!

If you have any questions, contact Tom at trails@nscfairbanks.org

If you or your group does some brushing, send photos and a list of the person-hours (hours per person) you put in to fbxskierparent@gmail.com. We’ll post it and try to encourage others to get out and do the same. Do you want to challenge another person or group? We’ll post that, too (after getting permission from the other party).

Let’s help keep the trails at Birch Hill in great shape for winter and summer!