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New Member Information

Thank you for your interest in the Trail Watch program. By becoming a Trail Watch volunteer you can make your favorite Anchorage trail safer by staying alert for suspicious activities or dangerous conditions. Please review the following information, and if you have any questions call 343-4287.

Volunteering is Simple

Trail Watch was designed to be a user-friendly program – you can spend as much time volunteering as your schedule and your interest allows. You’ve taken the first step by turning in your application. There are just a few more things you need to do to become a Trail Watch volunteer:

1. Watch the 15 minute Trail Watch orientation video here.

2. Pick up your Trail Watch welcome packet. This packet includes volunteer information and a Trail Watch armband or vest. Packets can be picked up at:

  • Parks & Recreation Department
  • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630 (City Hall)
  • Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
3. Wear your armband or vest whenever you use the trail!

4. Report any suspicious activities or trail hazards. Specific information for reporting incidents will be included in your Trail Watch welcome packet.

Your Presence Makes the Trails Safer

Volunteers Make an Impact!

Even if you NEVER report a complaint or concern, your visible presence on the trail system can make a big impact! Trail users already report that they feel safer on the trails as a result of seeing Trail Watch volunteers wearing the distinctive Trail Watch armband and vest. 

Trail Watch volunteers have reported hazardous trail conditions to authorities, assisted injured persons, reported crimes, given directions to lost visitors, and assisted with “bike-breakdowns” on the trail.


OnlineTrail Watch volunteers can log on to the Anchorage Works website to report any safety issues or suspicious activities. To report a maintenance or safety issue, click "Other."

High Fives

Please make sure that you greet other Trail Watch volunteers when you’re out on the trails. Your community-minded spirit is something that you all have in common – make sure that to show other volunteers your support.  ALWAYS wear your armband or vest when you are out on the trails.    

Thank you for your continued support!

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355

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