National Trails Day will put hikers to work Saturday in Alaska

Thousands of Alaska hikers, bikers, and horseback riders will take to the trails they cherish Saturday to commemorate National Trails Day by donating a little sweat.

It's the 23rd such event organized by the American Hiking Society. Among the chores planned:

• Singletrack Advocates, a mountain biking organization based in Anchorage, will maintain trails on the Hillside and in Kincaid Park.

• Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park will take water taxis across Kachemak Bay for trail-clearing projects.

• Chilkat State Park will be improving its Battery Point Trail.

• Girdwood Parks and Recreation volunteers will help plant some 600 annuals from Anchorage Municipal Greenhouse.

• Denali Park Trail Crew will host an opening and day of work on its Horseshoe Lake Trail.

• The organization Hike It Baby Anchorage plans hikes on the Turnagain Arm Trail, Kincaid, Eagle River's South Fork Trail and the Moose Creek Railroad Trail in Palmer.