It was work party day, and although we didn’t have a lot to show for the day, we got a lot done. Jeff, Ray, Ben, Kelly, Tom, Brad and Jon spent 8 hours in the woods draining and rocking the lower section of Eastside Trail. Well, they were working on it, Jon spent much of the day with Debra and Alex walking the first three major reroutes that Brad and Mike have flagged out.
After they were done walking flag lines, the Eastside crew determined that the atv and trailer were too cumbersome to be useful there, so Jeff hauled rock in with the 6×6 (three tablespoons at a time, it seemed) and Jon loaded Ray out on the trailer, sending rock to the bottom of Bo’s “brick highway” where the spur road meets Mutant Fern. After the Eastside crew was done there for the day, we headed to Mutant Fern where Ben had been placing blockage treefall to narrow down the braiding at the bottom intersection and steer people onto the brick path of travel. As Jon headed down with the tractor to spread the rock, he chipped out a couple of drains for the very large puddles in the road. After the bulk of the crew left, Kelly and Jon spread grass seed provided by BLM on the repaired bog area on Eastline. It looks like we got a few more items off of the “hot list!”
As for the trail walking, Jon received very favorable feedback from Debra and Alex as to our reroute suggestions, and they both suggested the possibility of longer reroutes in a couple of areas. Alex and Jon (and Brad and Mike, hopefully) will get together in the near future and shoot the grades with a clinometer (the club should purchase one) and get closer to determining go/no-go routing. We’ll then have a “final line range” to submit to Dirt and Water for review and approval.
We discussed the ongoing logging operations, and need to get some answers as to whether or not we can get a “hall pass” to/through/around a couple of those active areas for a few days for the poker run. We have to have the route in order to apply for the event permit, and in order to have a route to submit, we need a ONE WAY trail loop that will be SAFE and not cross itself.
Debra also shared that there will be some boundary changes to the OHV in the coming months; the northern section full of runoff ridges will be removed from the OHV acreage count (we’ll never have any trails approved in that area), Whipup will be removed as a staging area, Nate’s Trail (the only trail immediately out of Whipup that nobody except me seems to ride) will be obliterated and rehabbed, and a large section of territory to include Eastline Quarry will be added to the OHV area. Additionally, a large area adjacent to Sheridan Peak will likely be derestricted, and we will likely be able to reexamine and reopen some of the older trails in that area.
Thank you all to those who came! It was a beautiful day in the woods!