Ptarmigan Ptrails, LLC is a Northwest based trail construction company and proud member of the nationally recognized Professional Trail Builders Association. Founded in 2009, our goal is to continue the evolution of trails by providing sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and user specific trails. Our firm incorporates progressive trail design and current best management practices in to every project we under take.

We have worked nationwide for local clubs, municipal, state and federal agencies. Our experience and knowledge  has made Ptarmigan Ptrails, LLC one of the regions most innovative and progressive trail contractors.


Brian Vaughan – Founder

Brian moved on to new adventures at the close of the 2014 season.  His knowledge will be sorely missed among Alaska’s trail community.  He is now living with his wife Alex in Hailey, ID and has since opened a new trail construction firm called Red Elephant Trails.


IMG_3173Ed Kessler – Principal Owner

Phone: 907-841-0114

Eddie began his trail career in 2006, interning for Seminole County Natural Lands in Central Florida. He has a B.A in American Policy from University of Central Florida and an M.S in Outdoor Environmental Education from Alaska Pacific University. Ed worked for Alaska Division of Forestry as Student Intern Coordinator, contracting with multiple agencies in an effort to engage and educate Alaska youth in Natural Resource Management..…see more





Zachary Burris – Shaper and Trail SpecialistIMG_2359

Zach is our young gun on the team. He got his start maintaining his backyard trails at Kincaid Park and “The Pit” back in 2011. He’s been an integral part of our shaping team at Palmer Bike Park and Kincaid Phase II and has worked on an assortment of others projects with PTrails. A junior year at A.J. Dimond high school, Zach is a member of Team Backcountry, races with the Alyeska ski club juniors competitive team, and competed for Team Alaska at Arctic Winter Games 2014. Zach’s plan after graduation is to earn a degree in landscape architecture and eventually continue building trails in Alaska.




10499561_713734915366992_640415101721093475_oZak Parkin – Trail Specialist/Assistant YEP Project Manager

Zak grew up in the Hudson Valley, just 60 miles north of New York City and began his trail career in early 2014 as a Crew Leader with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference shortly after graduating from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Sound Production. He earned his stripes building an Appalachian Access Trail in the backcountry and creating drainage systems on Breakneck Mountain, one of the most sought out day hikes on the East Coast. The Trail Conference brought Zak back on for the winter, where he worked with a specialty Hardscape Crew on multiple projects in the surrounding landscape of their new Headquarters. All of which led him to Alaska to work with Ptarmigan on the Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) Program.