MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is going to be celebrating the completion of one of its most technically challenging projects ever.

On Friday, officials plan to mark the completion of a 130-step staircase built into a hillside in Montpelier that leads from the downtown to the National Life complex located on the top of a hill that overlooks the community.

Before the new trail was completed, people who worked or lived at or near the National Life complex had to either follow a mile-long route along Northfield Street or take a makeshift path straight down the hill, known as the "goat path."

The stairs on the path were built over three summers by 38 young people using specialized rigging equipment.