Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
BugsBugs were not too bad
WTA trail work party
Today was one of those perfect Spring workdays for WTA. Sunny, not to hot, a bit of rain the day before so the ground was not hard, except for the rocks, and very few bugs. The view overlooking Fishtrap Lake was the perfect lunch location. We had a team of 8 that included Jane our Trail Team Leader and completed 375 feet of trail. Most of it was new trail with about 70 feet some reworking of older trail. Volunteer Gary was the "rock" workhorse of the team and it seemed that the winter in Spokane had him full of energy for busting through the hardest rocks in the trail. We were all very impressed with his rock skills and by the end of the day all of the large rocks were very scared of him so much so that they just rolled under his finger tips. Being that I am not from the Eastern Washington area was not an issue for this wonderful team. They were open and welcoming to my long trip to help volunteer. On our 1 1/2 mile hike in we were greeted by mule deer just jumping for joy that we had arrived to work on the trail. The day ended with a horseback rider who gave us a thumps up and a wave after she had rode on the new trail durning the day. This was an instant response to our hard days work. Very rewarding! For me, this work is so helpful to my inner peace. Working outdoors, seeing the beauty in the natural world, knowing that these natural places will be enjoyed for generations to come as I have enjoyed them in my short time. The people we work with are always interesting, helpful,understanding, and happy no matter if it is raining or storming. I have learned so much from everyone in WTA. Thank you Jane for being a team leader and sharing your knowledge with us.