Nineteen volunteers worked on Saturday through spring showers to complete the BC Creek Bridge and clear the Chief Joseph Trail as far as the cutoff to the state park! The trail crew did a great job of clearing brush, especially ceanothus (or wild lilac), and reestablishing tread to its proper place in at least half a dozen locations. I heard there was some hail too, and thunder rumblings, but spirits remained high and all were excited to see the trail come back from the dead in time for Memorial Day weekend.
If you missed out on the Chief Joseph Trail work party, we’re heading back for a 1-day in celebration of National Trails Day, June 5. We’ll continue working up the trail where the May 22 crew left off with Mike Hansen leading the project. This is a great opportunity to get some early-season time in on a crosscut saw.
We’ve also planned a 3-day project over National Trails Day weekend June 4-6 if you’re looking to get out into Eagle Cap Wilderness a little longer. Morgan Olson will be leading a crew to log out the Lower Minam River Trail out of Meads Flat. This project will basecamp out of Meads Flat and day hike to the worksite each day. You can email Morgan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up.
Projects are filling up fast with three July work parties (South Fork Imnaha River, Red’s Horse Ranch, and North Minam Meadows) already at capacity. We recommend signing up sooner than later by emailing me here at Info@WMHCTA.org or registering online using our calendar on the homepage at WMHCTA.org. There are still plenty of other work parties to choose from!
More coming up:
Goat Creek Trail (Thursday, June 24-Sunday, June 27): This work party will base camp at the historic Bear Creek Guard Station and has stock support.
Wallowa Resources HAWK Interns (Tuesday, July 6 & Thursday, July 8): Mentor Wallowa Resources high school summer interns on the trail. Work will primarily consist of brushing and tread work. July 6 and July 8 are each a 1-day project.
Rock Springs & Little Minam (Friday, July 9-Sunday, July 11): This is a log out project working with the Backcountry Horsemen of America, who will also be providing stock support.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments while Rick is away on the river!
WMHCTA, Outreach Coordinator
Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trail Association
Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association, 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.
Interested? Contact us at email@example.com or on Facebook and Instagram.