Category: Work Parties

Many thanks to our volunteers for their help!

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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Minam River Upstream to Confluence with Little Minam

Minam River Upstream to Confluence with Little Minam

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a group of four volunteers, two mounted on pack animals and two walking, made their way up the Minam River to perform trail maintenance. A fifth volunteer riding a mule joined the group later. Over three days, the group cleared approximately 9.5 miles of trail from the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary to just upstream of the confluence of the Little Minam River with the main Minam River. On the fourth day, the group broke camp…

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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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