Author: Jessica Tomasini

Freezeout Trailhead, July 2020

Freezeout Trailhead, July 2020

A group of seven enthusiastic WMHCTA volunteers had a grand time camping out at the Freezeout trailhead and working on trails leading up to Summit Ridge. Well, they sort of had a grand time, because it’s a good 3000 feet up to Summit Ridge, and the weather was good and hot. The crew surveyed nearly 12 miles of trail, brushed and logged to their hearts’ content, and learned a whole lot about mushrooms, thanks to a couple of visiting experts!

North Fork Catherine Creek, July 2020

North Fork Catherine Creek, July 2020

On July 11-14, nine WMHCTA volunteers cleared trails in the upper reaches of the North Fork of Catherine Creek. Enjoying the benefits of fine weather, and avoiding the challenges of knee-buckling bogs, the crew removed over 90 trees, cut out hundreds of saplings that were crowding the trail, and bent their backs to improve tread and get water off the trail. The team brought some “new” technology to the art of clearing trail, making creative use of a hydraulic jack,…

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Elk Flat Trailhead, June 2020

Elk Flat Trailhead, June 2020

Five WMHCTA volunteers camped at the Elk Flats trailhead above the Wenaha River for three days, clearing 8 miles of trail of down trees and brush. Unfortunately, one 40″ monster ponderosa pine, solid enough to require cutting, but too rotten to wedge, defied their efforts. Where’s the dynamite? Two sharp-eyed folks, while brushing, pulled some small Himalayan blackberry bushes. Hopefully their foresight will prevent this area from becoming another Dug Creek.