Category: Work Parties

Many thanks to our volunteers for their help!

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.

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!”