Well, August was a bang-up month for WMHCTA, as volunteers pulled off no fewer than SIX projects, four of them big multi-day jobs. Near as I can tell, so far this year we’ve cleared more than 100 miles of trail, taken out nearly 900 logs and down trees, improved over 600 yards of tread, brushed nearly 50 miles of trail, and manufactured and installed 37 brand-spankin’-new signs!
Right now there’s only one project slated for September, and that is a one-day project on National Public Lands Day: Saturday, September 25. We’re tentatively planning to continue logging out the upper section of the Chief Joseph Trail. Holler if interested. If something else comes up, or if you’ve got any bright ideas, let us know!
In the meantime, there’s a WHOLE LOT of TRAIL ASSESSMENT that can be happening in the Eagle Cap Wilderness! All you need is a smartphone and a short training with me. I’m attaching a map of trails that still need to be assessed, plus a list of trails by name and number. What does it mean to assess a trail? Simple: you hike the trail, enter a waypoint on your phone if you come across a major issue, and give the whole trail a grade when you finish.
If you would like to help with this process, contact me. I will offer a training tomorrow evening, September 2, at 6:00 pm at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE First Street in Enterprise. RSVP if you plan to attend. I will offer another training on Tuesday, September 14, also at 6:00 pm. Bring your fully charged phone with you.
That’s it for now. Get out an enjoy the clear skies!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook and Instagram.