By Rick Bombaci
Director, WMHCTA

After suffering through ticks, poison ivy, rattlesnakes, and 90 degree days last week in Hells Canyon, I’m happy to see a little cool weather! And we have a full plate of great projects coming up. Since I am off to suffer 90 degree days again for a bit, please email WMHCTA’s Outreach Coordinator, Asch Humphrey, at if you’d like to sign up. Or you can sign up online at

Saturday, May 22:  The Chief Joseph Trail project this weekend is FULL. Sorry!

CORRECTION:  The following June 4 trip to Meads Flat is NOT a backpacking trip as described a week ago. You will car camp at the trailhead and day hike each day.

Friday, June 4 (meet at 5 pm) to Sunday, June 6 (leave at 3 pm), Lower Minam River Trail:  Morgan Olson has room for eight volunteers on a three-day basecamp trip to help log out the Lower Minam River trail starting from Meads Flat. This trailhead is at the end of a road with a gate that is usually locked, so here’s your chance to see a “hidden” part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. You will car camp at the trailhead, and hike in each day. You can email Morgan directly at to sign up.

Saturday, June 5, Chief Joseph Trail:  Guess what? We’re full this weekend, but there’s more work higher up the mountain. This one-day work party is for people with good lungs and legs, because you’ll have to climb higher on the trail to get to the work. Mike Hansen, the “Ace Sawyer,” will lead this project. Email us to save your spot. It will be a fine way to celebrate “National Trails Day”!

Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27, Goat Creek Trail:  There is room for FIVE more people on this stock supported project, which means you will not have to schlepp your tools in. You’ll backpack up to the trail junction, camp near the historic Bear Creek Guard Station cabin, and work your way up Goat Creek. This will be saw work, and some brushing. Rumor has it that some famous Up Deep Creek Brownies may make an appearance …

That’s it for now! Enjoy all the blooms.

Rick Bombaci
Director, WMHCTA

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Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association is a dedicated group of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who monitor and help maintain our local trails in Hells Canyon and the Wallowa Mountains. We coordinate with the US Forest Service and organize volunteer work parties to clear downed trees, cut back brush, and do whatever else is necessary to keep our local hiking trails open and accessible. You can help by joining us on a trail maintenance project, coming to one of our meetings, or donating to support the effort.