Posted by: columbiahighlands | June 11, 2010

Trails Get us to the Places We Love—Give Something Back This Summer

Volunteers Needed to help keep our trails open on the Colville National Forest

For the past several years, hikers from the Washington Trails Association, Spokane Mountaineers, and Conservation Northwest have been helping the Colville National Forest with trail maintenance efforts in the Salmo Priest Wilderness Area, Kettle Crest, and surrounding wild areas.  While equestrian groups like the Backcountry Horsemen of America have long donated their efforts to trail upkeep, hiking group involvement in trail work is a relatively new phenomenon here in the Inland NW.

Why would you want to volunteer your time to work on a trail instead of just going hiking? Volunteer trail work is a fun, fulfilling way to get out in nature with old and new friends, learn about wilderness traditions and tools, and give something back to the trails that make it possible for so many of us to enjoy our treasured wild places and wildlife.  It’s basically hiking with crosscut saws, shovels, and other tools for a cause!  There are many volunteer trail maintenance projects this summer being organized by Washington Trails Association (WTA), our state’s amazing hiking trail advocacy and trail maintenance organization.  Check out the many options below and sign up to help at WTA’s web site: www.wta.org

June 26 (Sat): Kettle Range Trail Work Party

WTA is sponsoring a work party on Saturday and there may be an additional day of trail work scheduled by Conservation Northwest if needed on Sunday. E-mail dknowles@conservationnw.org for details on how to sign up or call 509-747-1663. 

July 10-12 (Sat-Mon): Salmo-Priest Wilderness Backpack on the Shedroof Divide

This WTA Backcountry Response Team trip will be working within the beautiful Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the only Wilderness in the northeast part of Washington. This will be a three day/two night backpacking trip. We will be working on the Shedroof Divide trail. Come join us in a great wilderness area that has stunning views and abundant wildlife.

The 41,000 acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness is located on the Colville National Forest in the extreme northeast corner of Washington. The wilderness is dominated by the Shedroof Divide and Crowell Ridge. The mileages involved could vary widely based on the seriousness of the trail clearing challenges encountered, but the trip will not be greater than 20 miles over the three days. To sign up, click here: http://old.wta.org/cgi-bin.dev/wtaweb.pl?6+sm+17824+BCRT

 July 24-26 (Sat-Mon): Backpack Work Party on the Salmo-Priest Loop Trail

This WTA Backcountry Response Team trip will be working within the beautiful Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the only Wilderness in the northeast part of Washington. We will be working on the Salmo Loop trail between the trailhead and the Salmo Cabin, in and around one of the most amazing ancient cedar groves in the Inland Northwest. The work will include logout and tread work making sure that this section of trail is accessible to stock. This will be a three day/two night backpacking trip where we will camp at the Salmo River crossing. Come join us in a great wilderness area that has stunning views and abundant wildlife.  To sign up, click here: http://old.wta.org/cgi-bin.dev/wtaweb.pl?6+sm+17633+BCRT

August 7-14 (Sat-Sat): Salmo-Priest Loop Week-long Volunteer Vacation

Join WTA to once again experience the beauty of the Salmo-Priest, the only Wilderness in Northeast Washington, on one of their week-long “volunteer vacations”.  One of the major benefits of a WTA week-long trip is that you get to intimately know the wild place you’ll be calling home for an entire week.  And the Salmo Priest Wilderness is a truly special place. The area is home to a number of rare and endangered species including mountain caribou, lynx, wolverines and grizzly bears. This week-long volunteer vacation will be a 5-mile back pack to a wilderness camp at the old cabin site on the Salmo River.  We will be working on the Salmo basin trail to replace worn out and dangerous puncheon with turnpike, doing treadwork and beating back the brush. To sign up, click here: http://old.wta.org/cgi-bin.dev/wtaweb.pl?6+sm+17679+WL

August 28-29 (Sat-Sun): Salmo-Priest Wilderness Day Trips on the Shedroof Divide

Join us for a weekend of trail maintenance day outings up to the high country of the Shedroof Divide where views of the Selkirk Crest in Idaho to the east and the Columbia Highlands to the west will inspire and energize you as we maintain a beautiful section of trail. Come for either or both days; we will have camping and a cookout at Gypsy Meadows Saturday night.  Details for this trip and a link to register will be posted on the WTA web site about a month in advance, so put it on your calendar and check back on www.wta.org to sign up in July.

For lots more information and to sign up for any of the WTA projects, go to www.wta.org or call 206-965-8561. 

 

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