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Return to Falls Creek, July, 2019

Return to Falls Creek, July, 2019

The Pace family, Mary Kay, Bob, and son Anders, returned to the Falls Creek Trail on July 30, 2019, to limb a nasty tree and roll it off the trail. Photo credits to Mary Kay Pace (click on the lead photo to see more).  

Middle Minam River, July, 2019

Middle Minam River, July, 2019

WMHCTA Middle Minam River Trail 2019 Trip Report Project Location: Minam River Trail #1673 from North Minam to above Last Chance Creek (6 miles) and Bowman Trail #1651 (0.5 miles). Dates: July 21-24, 2019 Project Leader: Holly Akenson Report submitted by: Holly Akenson Safety Officer: Holly Akenson Safety Briefing By: Holly Akenson and all PRESENT: 7 Volunteers: Russ Westlake, Randi Jandt, Jon Larson, Max Linn, Russ West, Mary West, Holly Akenson. Volunteer packers Steve Morris and Cary Johnson from Wallowa…

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Hurricane Creek and Falls Creek, July, 2019

Hurricane Creek and Falls Creek, July, 2019

On Saturday, July 20, A group of six WMHCTA trail workers brushed the first two miles of Hurricane Creek (to just past Deadman Meadow), as well as the first mile of the Falls Creek Trail. The weather was glorious – cool and clear in the morning, hot and clear in the afternoon! In addition to brushing, we cleaned out about 10 water bars and blocked off a few hundred yards of braided trails. Many thanks to Bob and Mary Kay…

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Lower Hurricane Creek, 2019

Lower Hurricane Creek, 2019

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, a crew cleared the first 5 miles of the Hurricane Creek trail, including a LOT of brushing. Slick Rock was lovely and the creek was high!

Wenaha River Access Trails, 2019

Wenaha River Access Trails, 2019

On June 7-10, 2019, a crew of volunteers worked on the Wenaha River access trails (Hoodoo, Cross Canyon, and Elk Flat) for the second time in two years. The area of the Hoodoo and Cross Canyon Trails burned in 2015. We returned to the Hoodoo Trail for some additional work, cut out 19 logs and did a lot of brushing on the Cross Canyon Trail, which we didn’t get to last year, and returned to the Elk Flat Trail, where…

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Freezeout Saddle 2019

Freezeout Saddle 2019

June 1 was National Trails Day. WMHCTA members worked on projects in both Union and Wallowa counties. In Wallowa County, Holly Akenson and John Hollenbeak led a crew of eight folks, plus two mules, clearing trails in the Freezeout Saddle area of Hells Canyon. Although snow and mud created challenges, a lot of work got done, and as Randi Jandt said, “There was some really beautiful country!”

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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