Category: Work Parties

Many thanks to our volunteers for their help!

Minam River in Vicinity of Red’s Horse Ranch

Minam River in Vicinity of Red’s Horse Ranch

On April 26, 2018, a group of volunteer pilots flew a five-man (yes, they were all guys) trail crew from the Enterprise Airport to Red’s Horse Ranch for some trail maintenance in the Minam River drainage. After settling in to their accommodations, turning on the water and gas, and completing the paperwork for the work party, the crew crossed the Minam and headed downstream on the Minam River Trail (USFS #1673), clearing downed logs and brush as they progressed. The…

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Dug Bar 2018

Dug Bar 2018

Volunteers Clear Trail to Massacre Site This spring is a great time to make the trek from Dug Bar to Chinese Massacre Cove along the Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. In 1887, more than 30 Chinese miners were murdered for their gold—sparking national outrage, fueling the debate about the rights of Asians in the United States, and creating an international incident between China and the US. Nobody was ever held responsible for the crime. In 2009, R….

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Chief Joseph Trail #1803 Work Party

Chief Joseph Trail #1803 Work Party

On September 30, 2017, nine WMHCTA volunteers cleared about a mile of brush and logs from the Chief Joseph Trail above Wallowa Lake. Volunteers returned on the weekend of October 21 & 22 to continue the work. On Saturday, seven WMHCTA volunteers, eight University of Idaho students and one U of I staff member spent a wet, windy day clearing brush and logs and improving tread on the trail, north from the BC Creek crossing to Wallowa Lake State Park….

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McCully Creek Trail #1812 Work Party

McCully Creek Trail #1812 Work Party

Seven WMHCTA volunteers and one USFS employee worked to clear the McCully Creek trail on September 8. Two of us concentrated on removing brush along the lower part of the trail, and the rest continued about 5.5 miles up the trail removing approximately 50 down trees along the way. One step-over log and a jumble of other logs (with an existing, easy detour) plus about 100 yards of brush near the start of the trail remain to be cleared at…

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Maxwell Lake Trail #1674 Work Party

Maxwell Lake Trail #1674 Work Party

On Friday, August 18, 2017, nine WMHCTA volunteers and one USFS supervisor worked on the Maxwell Lake trail out of the Lostine River drainage. The crew leapfrogged in small groups up the trail, using crosscut saws, bow saws and hand saws to remove about three dozen down trees from across the trail. One section required about an hour’s work to reroute a 25 foot section of trail around a large root wad hole. On the way down, the crew cleaned…

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Falls Creek Trail #1753 Work Party

Falls Creek Trail #1753 Work Party

On July 9, 2017, a group of a dozen WMHCTA volunteers and three mules traveled about 2.5 miles up the Falls Creek Trail (USFS #1753) to where a very large tree had fallen, completely blocking the trail. The tree was so large, almost 4 feet in diameter at the base, that trying to remove the tree was clearly beyond our capabilities. Instead, we rerouted the trail above the fallen tree and down to a creek crossing just beyond. Work included…

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Saw Training and Certification

Saw Training and Certification

On June 23, eleven WMHCTA volunteers participated in USFS saw training and certification at Shady Campground in the Lostine River drainage. Everyone took part in the crosscut saw training, but a few left before the chain saw part of the program. The training was for bucking only, not felling. Of special interest was a down tree that was wedged between three standing trees to create a serious side bind. With guidance from instructors, we figured out which way the down…

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National Trails Day Work Party

National Trails Day Work Party

In honor of National Trails Day on June 3rd, 2017, we invited northeast Oregon trail users to a work party at Salt Creek Summit on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society, involves thousands of volunteers in trail maintenance events all over the country. The Salt Creek Summit area trails are used by horseback riders, cyclists, hikers, skiers, and snowmobilers. At 8:30 a.m. on the appointed date, a group of 25 volunteers and 5 United…

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Lower Imnaha Trail #1713 Work Party

Lower Imnaha Trail #1713 Work Party

Beginning of the season trail work day of the Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Assn. A team of 12 volunteers cleared brush on the Lower Imnaha River Trail #1713 on Saturday, March 11, to get the trail ready for spring hikers. The day was cool and perfect for field work. Trail work started at 9:45 am and ended at 4 pm – everyone was back in Joseph by 6 pm. 2.75 miles were cleared, with another 2 miles needing further…

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