Category: Work Parties

Many thanks to our volunteers for their help!

Hale Springs Trail, June 2019

Hale Springs Trail, June 2019

Saturday, June 1, was National Trails Day. WMHCTA members worked on projects in both Union and Wallowa counties. In Union County, Lantz Hughes led a group of eight folks, plus John Wayne the Mule, clearing the Hale Springs Trail. As Lantz said, “What a great trail to access right here in our own Grande Ronde valley! It’s a great place to exercise and enjoy a view all day long.” The participants shown left to right in the group photo are Jan…

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Lower Imnaha River, April 2019

Lower Imnaha River, April 2019

WMHCTA’s first 2019 project on the lower Imnaha River in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area has been completed. With help from a group of U of Idaho students, and leadership (and great chow) courtesy of Paul Flanders, we cleared 4.2 miles of blackberry, rose, hawthorn, chokecherry, and other brush on the trail from Cow Creek bridge to Eureka Bar on April 27-28. At Eureka Bar, the mouth of the Imnaha on the Snake, we talked about the history and natural…

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Wagon Road Bridge Repair

Wagon Road Bridge Repair

On National Public Lands Day, September 29, 2018, a small crew made repairs to two bridges on the Wagon Road Trail (USFS #1819) where it crosses the  Middle Fork of Big Sheep Creek just downstream from the Tenderfoot Trailhead. The first bridge was in such bad shape that we stripped off all of the old bridge deck. With the deck gone, it was apparent that one of the main bridge stringers was rotten and weak, so we felled a standing…

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Upper Minam River Trail, August 2018

Upper Minam River Trail, August 2018

On August 10-13, 2018, a WMHCTA crew worked the Upper Minam River Trail (USFS #1673) from Minam Lake to Elk Creek Trail, in hot and dry weather. Here’s a report from project leader, Holly Akenson: “Our group of eight hiked, rode, and packed mules 8 miles from Two Pan Trailhead up the West Fork Lostine Trail past Minam Lake to our camp on the Minam River at Frazier Meadow. We cleared 10 miles of the upper Minam River Trail. This…

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Trailkeepers of Oregon, Falls Creek, August, 2018

Trailkeepers of Oregon, Falls Creek, August, 2018

From Sunday, August 5 through Thursday, August 9, 2018, Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) worked on the Falls Creek Trail (USFS #1753) in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Following is a report from Chip Andrus of TKO: “Thanks to you and all the others for helping us have an enjoyable and productive work party on the Falls Creek Trail.  We finished on perhaps one of the hottest days ever in the County but we had fun nevertheless.  A special thanks to Mary…

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Dobbin Creek

Dobbin Creek

On July 25-27, a crew of six worked in brutally hot weather on the Dobbin Creek Trail (USFS #1654) between Bear Creek and Standley Cabin. Four of the six (accompanied by search/camp-dog, Kea) rode pack stock up the Bear Creek Trail (USFS #1653) and camped near the Dobbin Creek Trail junction. The other two worked down from USFS Trail #1677 near Standley Cabin. The crew removed 145 logs and poles, some as big as 30″ diameter, but most in the…

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Wenaha River Access Trails

Wenaha River Access Trails

On Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2018, a crew of seven WMHCTA volunteers worked on two of the access trails that drop from Hoodoo Ridge and Elk Flat on the south side of the Wenaha Breaks down to the Wenaha River. The crew was accompanied by family members who tended camp and prepared food. The crew gathered tools and other equipment at the USFS barn in Enterprise on Friday afternoon, May 25, and then traveled to the Elk Flat trailhead…

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Chief Joseph Mountain 2018

Chief Joseph Mountain 2018

Sixteen people (8 from WMHCTA, plus 8 from Eastern Oregon University) worked on the trail on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. They worked on about two miles of trail, starting from the Wallowa Lake State Park cutoff trail junction and continuing uphill. The weather was good on Saturday, cloudy then raining on Sunday. On Saturday, the crew broke up into three teams:  one team focused on a logjam of about 10 very large trees that were all jackstrawed together. Another team…

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Deer Creek Trail, Earth Day 2018

Deer Creek Trail, Earth Day 2018

WMHCTA Trip Report Submitted by: Ron Pickens Date & Day: 04-22-2018, Sunday Location: Imnaha, Deer Creek Trail #1765 Project Name: Earth Day Project Leader: Ron Pickens Safety Officer: Andie Leuders Safety Briefing by: Ron Pickens   PRESENT: Ron Pickens, Dylan Edwards, Miles McFall, Andie Leuders, Terry Hiatt, Joel Malstrom, Bob Pace, Mary Kay Pace, Dakota Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Jed Lamb, Josef Ramirez, Justice Mcquown, Anthony, Christopher, Ashley Wilson, Daniel Delancy, Natalie Goldsmith, Katie Olson PREP: Ron Pickens and Jessica scouted…

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