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Slideshow: Where We've Worked (So Far) This Summer

Posted by Anna Roth at Jul 12, 2016 03:40 PM |
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Many trails have already benefited from volunteer work crews this summer. See where we've been, and where you can join us for the rest of the season.

This season, WTA crews have been busy in the backcountry all across the state. Whether they're repairing tread at Leadbetter State Park, fixing a bridge in Colville National Forest, or helping reopen a popular route off Highway 2, trails across Washington have benefitted from WTA's hard work. See a slideshow of where we've worked so far.

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The Prince Creek crew gives a thumbs up early this season on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail. Photo by Hal Pelton.

Inspired to join us? We've got plenty of room on some upcoming trips. Find one that works for you and sign up today.

Volunteer Vacations

Ingalls Creek - All Women

July 30 - August 6

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Ingalls Creek along the trail. Photo by jbk51961.

Join WTA's first all-women Volunteer Vacation on the gorgeous (and popular) Ingalls Creek. Together you'll help rehab this well-loved trail. You'll improve drainage, remove rocks, and perhaps repair a small bridge. This trail needs the help -- can you spare a week? Sign up today.

Marmot Lake

August 6 - August 13

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Spend a week near an idyllic jewel in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Marmot and Jade Lakes are gorgeous backpacking destinations that need annual attention to keep them looking great. We'll be pruning back greenery, clearing drains, and maybe even crosscutting. Sign up now.

Mazama Park

August 20 - August 27

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Mazama Park is the stunning destination at the end of the Ridley Creek Trail. Photo by mtnfrog.

Is it possible to overdose on alpine scenery? Spend a week with a volunteer vacation near Park Butte to find out. We'll be doing annual maintenance, including drainage clearing, tread improvement, maybe even some crosscut sawing. All in the shadow of the craggy North Cascades! Sign up now.

Backcountry Response Teams

Upper Gray Wolf

July 21- July 24

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Gray Wolf River. Photo by Hikerchick.

Help us open up this well-loved trail for summertime. We'll be primarily logging out, but also addressing other annual maintenance we encounter. Enjoy hiking on an easy downhill grade through mossy forest, along the rushing Gray Wolf River to one of three camps this crew will use as we make progress. Sign up now.


Thunder Creek

July 21 - July 24

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Near the Shedroof Divide, Thunder Creek trail leads to gorgeous views of the Salmo-Priest. Photo by Holly Weiler.

Visit the beautiful Salmo-Priest Wilderness with us, where we'll be replacing failed puncheon bridges on the Thunder Creek trail. Sign up now.

West Fork Foss

July 28 - July 31

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The hardworking crew who worked on West Fork Foss Trail pause for a group photo.

The popular West Fork Foss Trail was hit hard by storms last winter. Help the Skykomish Ranger District (and your fellow volunteers) finish repairing the trail near Trout Lake, where you'll camp surrounded by the beauty of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Sign up now.

Upper Duckabush

August 3 - August 7

WTA regularly works this trail, but this is our chance to put in some big miles, heading all the way to O’Neil Pass. We're focusing on logging out the trails, but may do additional work we encounter, like retread, drainage and brushing. Sign up now.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie

August 3 - August 6 or August 10 - August 13

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Crossing the bridge over the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Photo by Taum Sauk.

The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, but the trails here need your help. WTA has partnered with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and other groups to get new trail to built, drainage and tread maintenance. This project is possible thanks in part to a grant from REI's Every Trail Connects campaign.

Bare Mountain

August 25 - August 28

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Bare Mountain. Photo by Quantum Guru.

Stunning in autumn, Bare Mountain is a great destination in summertime, too. Your best bet for relative solitude off the I-90 corridor, this trail sees about as few trail crews as it does hikers. Help us clear the way for visitors later this summer. There will be berries! Sign up now.

Gothic Basin

September 1 - September 4

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Beautiful Gothic Basin. Photo by Riri.

Join us for four days in this rugged, popular area as we define and improve the boot built trails that lead to this gorgeous basin. Though the hike and work might be hard, the rewards abound with peaks, flowers and water aplenty. Sign up now.