Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Trail Work Events

Upcoming trail work parties held by the WTA this summer.

This is very rewarding work, it can be a great workout as well. If you have questions, check out the WTA Frequently Asked Questions and Trail Work Guide.

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Fri
Jul 20
West Cady Ridge Skykomish Ranger District Yes Wildflowers abound above broad views of the Cascades on this beautiful trail. Come lend a hand opening this trail up for summer hikers. We'll be brushing, repairing drainage structures, reworking tread and repairing some turnpike.
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Fri
Jul 20
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
Full
Fri
Jul 20
Snow Lake Trail Snoqualmie Ranger District Yes I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass. This trail is situated in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and must be the most popular trail in Washington, behind only Mount Si for consistent overcrowding. The trail is in pretty good shape up to the lake, but some upgrade work remains along portions of trail near the lake.
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Fri
Jul 20
Elliott Creek Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Mountain Loop near Barlow Pass. There is work to be done on both legs of this trail, so we'll try to work about 2 miles up both directions (one leg follows an old logging road and the other follows Elliot Creek). This will be general maintenance work, including improvement to drainage and opening the trail corridor.
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Sat-Mon
Jul 21-
Jul 23
Salmo Loop Trail Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Colville National Forest Yes This Backcountry Response Team trip will be working within the beautiful Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the only Wilderness in the northeast part of Washington. We will be working on the Salmo Loop trail between the trailhead and the Salmo River. The work will be tread work and other general maintenance making sure that this section of trail is accessible to stock. This will be a multi-day basecamp trip where we will camp at the Salmo Loop trail head. Because of the easy access if you have only a couple of days to spare we would love to have you come out and join us for the weekend. This is a great wilderness area that has stunning views and abundant wildlife.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Sat-Sat
Jul 21-
Jul 28
Hoh Rainforest Trail - Advanced Backcountry Youth Vacation* Olympic National Park No Hike deep into the heart of the rain forest to a place where giant trees dangle skirts of moss from their branches, where the Hoh River slides quietly through the forest, where you are almost guaranteed to see an elk. Here you and your fellow crew members will repair a turnpike and give the Hoh River Trail some much-needed attention. On your day off, get a taste of the magnificent Olympics by hiking in the shadow of Mount Olympus.
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Sat
Jul 21
Snow Lake Trail Snoqualmie Ranger District Yes I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass. This trail is situated in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and must be the most popular trail in Washington, behind only Mount Si for consistent overcrowding. The trail is in pretty good shape up to the lake, but some upgrade work remains along portions of trail near the lake.
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Sat
Jul 21
Tubal Cain Trail/Tull Canyon Trail Hood Canal Ranger District Yes Olympic Peninsula. This trail was built in the 1920's for access to the Tubal Cain Mine and Tull City. We'll spend the weekend keeping this historical trail in shape with a little trail maintenance (anything from brushing, creating drainage or clearing the trail of debris). You may even have the chance to view one of the many mining relics along this route that leads to the Marmot Pass Trail.
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Sat-Sun
Jul 21-
Jul 22
Schreibers Meadows Mount Baker Ranger District Yes Mount Baker Area. Join us for the weekend in the spectacular North Cascades near Mount Baker. You and your crew will be surrounded by panoramic views, glaciers and meadows. Camping at trailhead.
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Sat
Jul 21
West Cady Ridge Skykomish Ranger District Yes Wildflowers abound above broad views of the Cascades on this beautiful trail. Come lend a hand opening this trail up for summer hikers. We'll be brushing, repairing drainage structures, reworking tread and repairing some turnpike.
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Sat
Jul 21
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
Full
Sun-Fri
Jul 22-
Jul 27
North Head Trail at Cape Disappointment - Frontcountry Youth Vacation Southwest Washington- Cape Disappointment State Park No Are you ready to spend a week with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean? You will walk through a colossal old growth rainforest, climb a Victorian lighthouse and stand atop the lookout used by sailors for more than a hundred years. Be a part of one of the greatest adventures of all time; get ready for a week of walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you work on the North Head Trail at Cape Disappointment State Park!
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Sun
Jul 22
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Sun
Jul 22
Tubal Cain Trail/Tull Canyon Trail Hood Canal Ranger District Yes Olympic Peninsula. This trail was built in the 1920's for access to the Tubal Cain Mine and Tull City. We'll spend the weekend keeping this historical trail in shape with a little trail maintenance (anything from brushing, creating drainage or clearing the trail of debris). You may even have the chance to view one of the many mining relics along this route that leads to the Marmot Pass Trail.
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Tue
Jul 24
Peabody Creek Trail - Olympics Olympic National Park No Olympic National Park. An easy trail to get to from Hwy 101, it begins at the Olympic Park Visitors Center and gently leads into the foothills. We'll be improving a switchback and repairing steps on the Peabody Trail.
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Tue
Jul 24
Eight-Mile Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Surrounded by wildflowers and mountain views, working near this backcountry lake will make you feel like it's summer at last. This trail, which suffered forest fires in the 1990s, needs a little brushing and tread work to open it up to summer hikers.
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Wed-Sun
Jul 25-
Jul 29
Devil's Dome Log-out Loop Methow Valley Ranger District - Pasayten Wilderness Yes This is a 26 mile backpacking trip starting with a boat ride on Ross Lake to Devils Junction camp. From the landing it will be ll miles to Devils Pass on the Devils Dome trail and then another 15 miles through Devils and McMillan Parks on the Jackita Ridge trail (738) to the Canyon Creek trailhead. The route encircles spectacular Jack Mountain, “King of the Skagit”. This will be a log out trip with camp moving as the sawyers make there way along the route.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Wed-Sun
Jul 25-
Jul 29
Colonel Bob Trail Pacific Ranger District Yes The Colonel Bob trail is the main trail within the pocket wilderness of the same name on the south side of the Olympic Mountains. This is a land of magnificent trees and fierce winter storms. This combination had created a big problem with a huge blowdown that completely blocked the trail. This trail was placed on Washington Trails most endangered trails list in 2008. We were here last season helping the Forest Service to reopen this trail by logging out the downed trees and retreading the trail where it had been torn apart. This is a great opportunity to continue to restore this trail. For this trip we will be accessing the Colonel Bob trail from the Quinault side and staying at a camp about 3 miles up the trail. We will be restoring tread, rebuilding a ford, fixing a small bridge, widening the trail corridor with crosscut saws and brushing between mile mark 3 and 4 on the Colonel Bob trail. Just a great trip in a great wilderness area.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Wed
Jul 25
Eight-Mile Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Surrounded by wildflowers and mountain views, working near this backcountry lake will make you feel like it's summer at last. This trail, which suffered forest fires in the 1990s, needs a little brushing and tread work to open it up to summer hikers.
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Thu-Sun
Jul 26-
Jul 29
Welcome Pass - High Divide Mt. Baker Ranger District Yes The Welcome Pass trail is short, sweet and steep, gaining 2800 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles and culminating in spectacular views of Mt. Baker, Shuksan and other surrounding peaks including Goat, Church, and Ruth where it intersects with the High Divide trail. We will be camping at Welcome Pass in an alpine setting and working along the High Divide trail. We will concentrate mainly on tread restoration along the eastern end of the trail which receives less maintenance then the western end near Excelsior Peak.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Thu-Sun
Jul 26-
Jul 29
Kaleetan Lake Trail Snoqualmie Ranger District Yes This is one of the most remote trails on the North Bend Ranger District's section of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The trail begins at beautiful Lower Tuscohatchie Lake where the crew will be camped and traverses above the Pratt River valley for 5 miles to Kaleetan Lake. Kaleetan Lake is nestled below the imposing cliffs of Kaleetam Peak which is a very popular climbing destination. The work will include a lot of general maintenance on this trail including tread repair, brushing and drainage work.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Thu
Jul 26
Eight-Mile Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Surrounded by wildflowers and mountain views, working near this backcountry lake will make you feel like it's summer at last. This trail, which suffered forest fires in the 1990s, needs a little brushing and tread work to open it up to summer hikers.
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Thu
Jul 26
Slab Camp Trail Hood Canal Ranger District Yes Olympic Peninsula. From Slab Campground there are two trails, one leading to Deer Ridge and the other descends down to the Gray Wolf River, connecting with the Gray Wolf Trail. We'll spend the day working on clearing the Slab Camp Trail of downed logs and debris.
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Thu
Jul 26
Cape Horn Trail Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Yes The peregrine falcon closure lifts on the 15th opening up the full loop to hiking. That means volunteers can also get in and continue construction on the reroute that will move the trail off of sensitive habitat and decrease the trail's grade to a reasonable, yet still steep! pitch as it descends to the lower cliff band.
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Fri-Mon
Jul 27-
Jul 30
Quartz Creek Trail Mt St Helens National Monument Yes Calling all cross-cut sawyers! This first of three trips will aim to log out as much of this 10 mile trail as possible. The Quartz Creek Trail is an entryway to the heart of the Dark Divide Roadless Area located midway between St. Helens and Mt. Adams. Ascending a steep-walled valley of ancient old-growth, it is one of the best low elevation backpacking trips in the region. But an abundance of blow down blocks the trail and a backlog of brushing and treadwork await an energetic volunteer crew. This is year 2 of a 3 year effort to restore the trail.
This is a Backcountry Response Team trip
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Fri
Jul 27
Cougar Mountain - AA Peak Trail King County Parks No Come help improve this beautiful local trail! We'll work on clearing brush from the trail corridor and installing proper drainage systems.
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Fri
Jul 27
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Fri
Jul 27
Tunnel Creek Trail Skykomish Ranger District Yes Hwy 2 near Skykomish. The elevation gain is continual on this hike. At 1.6 miles, the trail meets the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Hope Lake. We'll work on cutting back brush, fixing drainage issues and replacing (or removing) decrepit puncheon.
Full
Sat-Sat
Jul 28-
Aug 04
Bean Creek Basin Trail Cle Elum Ranger District Yes Do you want to really make a difference for wild places? Then come help WTA move this trail out of the meadow and onto a slope to protect the ecosystem of this beautiful meadow near Mount Stuart. At this tucked-away camp in a basin surrounded by shooting star flowers (and also regular shooting stars), you will accomplish some critical work in a magical setting.
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Sat-Sat
Jul 28-
Aug 04
PCT at Pear Lake Wenatchee River Ranger District Yes Peaches and Pears in a high alpine wilderness? That’s right; here you’ll find Peach Lake, Pear Lake, a garden of wildflowers and an easy climb up Fortune Mountain. You’ll work on the Pacific Crest Trail, going north from Pear Lake, with the potential for meeting through-hikers. While the hike in is a bit tough, the destination is worth the perspiration you will have left on the trail. Take a refreshing dip in one of the nearby ponds and lakes and scramble back over the heather to your camp site. SPACES REMAINING:4
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Sat
Jul 28
Slab Camp Trail Hood Canal Ranger District Yes Olympic Peninsula. From Slab Campground there are two trails, one leading to Deer Ridge and the other descends down to the Gray Wolf River, connecting with the Gray Wolf Trail. We'll spend the day working on clearing the Slab Camp Trail of downed logs and debris.
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Sat
Jul 28
Tunnel Creek Trail Skykomish Ranger District Yes Hwy 2 near Skykomish. The elevation gain is continual on this hike. At 1.6 miles, the trail meets the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Hope Lake. We'll work on cutting back brush, fixing drainage issues and replacing (or removing) decrepit puncheon.
Details/Join
Sat
Jul 28
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Sat
Jul 28
Cougar Mountain - Conservation Futures Tax Program's 30-year anniversary! King County Parks No Come celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Conservation Futures Tax program by doing some annual maintenance at this classic King County trail! Over the years, this program has helped fund the acquisition of over 111,000 acres of public open space in King County. This work party will run from 9-1.
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Sat
Jul 28
Cape Horn Trail Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Yes The falcon nesting closure ends July 15th opening up the full loop for hiking. As well WTA crews will resume work on the lower segment constructing an extensive reroute to move the trail off of sensitive habitat and to create a more sustainable grade.
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Sun-Fri
Jul 29-
Aug 03
Big Four Ice Caves Trail - Frontcountry Youth Vacation Darrington Ranger District Yes Work for a week on the trail leading to this famed natural phenomenon: piles of snow hollowed out by water and wind until they resemble caves. One of the most popular destinations in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service district, this trail is in constant need of attention—and you will help keep it accessible for visitors this year. You’ll camp for the week in the Beaver Creek Campground, on the banks of the Stillaquamish River.
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Sun-Fri
Jul 29-
Aug 03
West Fork Humptulips Trails - Backcounty Youth Vacation Pacific Ranger District Yes This is only WTA’s second trip to this site on the Olympic Peninsula, close to the coast. Its humorous name allegedly comes from a Native American language and means “hard to pole”—a phrase that refers to its location on the shallow Humptulips River. Camped amidst huge old-growth trees in the rainforest valley, you and your crew will work on various construction projects, including replacing a puncheon.
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Sun
Jul 29
Slab Camp Trail Hood Canal Ranger District Yes Olympic Peninsula. From Slab Campground there are two trails, one leading to Deer Ridge and the other descends down to the Gray Wolf River, connecting with the Gray Wolf Trail. We'll spend the day working on clearing the Slab Camp Trail of downed logs and debris.
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Sun
Jul 29
Comet Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park No Comet Falls Trail endured such bad wash-out over the past winter that it has been closed indefinitely; now it needs your help to get it (and you) back on its feet. Come help re-open this trail for summer hikers by rebuilding tread, rock structures and turnpikes in damaged trail sections. Free camping available for weekend volunteers. We are meeting at the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Tue
Jul 31
Pinnacle Lake Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Another great trip on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. We will be working to improve the very popular Pinnacle Lake trail. This will include some annual maintenance, tread restoration and drainage improvement. This trail needs and deserves all the help we can give it, so come out and join us for a day or two.
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Wed
Aug 01
Pinnacle Lake Trail Darrington Ranger District Yes Another great trip on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. We will be working to improve the very popular Pinnacle Lake trail. This will include some annual maintenance, tread restoration and drainage improvement. This trail needs and deserves all the help we can give it, so come out and join us for a day or two.



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