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Five Trails That Need Your Help in June

Posted by Anna Roth at Jun 04, 2014 09:20 AM |
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This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

Eastern Washington - Knothead Trail

June 8

If clearing trails on National Trails Day isn't enough for you, join WTA the next day as we continue a project we started last autumn. We're rerouting an existing trail off of private land and onto state and county land in order to improve the network of trails here for hikers. There's plenty of tread and rock work on this project, so you'll get lots of insight as to how a trail is built from scratch.

>> Sign up now for one of the work parties at the Knothead Trail this month

Southwest Washington - Vancouver Lake 1/2 Day

June 7, 21

Family work party Jon Nishimura
The young and the young at heart are equally welcome at WTA's Vancouver Lake 1/2 day work parties. Photo by Jon Nishimura.

WTA is offering a series of morning events to make it easier for youth and families to join trail stewardship projects. Join us for a 1/2 day work party in a regional park on the west shore of Vancouver Lake. Visitors to the park enjoy a variety of activities, including biking and hiking in the park. We hope to see lots of families, but the young at heart are welcome too!

>> Sign up now for a half-day work party at Vancouver Lake this month

Olympic Peninsula - Elbo Creek

June 14, 17

Crosscutting on Elbo Creek William Jahncke
Volunteers clear trail on Elbo Creek. Photo by William Jahncke.

The Forest Service spared this area from logging and now it needs substantial maintenance to get it back in good shape for hikers. We'll work to clear the trail of blowdown and repair the tread. You'll also get experience helping complete a re-route.

There is a lot to be done to restore this wonderful forest hike, so please meet at the Quilcene Ranger Station ready to depart for the trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

>> Sign up now for a work party at Elbo Creek this month

Northwest Washington - Excelsior Pass

June 21, 22

Mount Baker from Excelsior Dave Hower
Mount Baker from Excelsior Pass makes for a gorgeous view on a day of trail work. Photo by Dave Hower.
The Excelsior Pass trail offers mind-blowing views of the craggy North Cascades, but it suffers from yearly damage due to poor drainage, tons of snow and heavy use because it's one of the first trails to melt out in this region. WTA is visiting this season to perform annual general maintenance, including drainage clearing, tread work, and trail clearing.

>> Sign up now for a work party at Excelsior Pass this month

Puget Sound - Lake 22

June 24, 25, 26, 27

Lake 22 reflection turbozv
Lake 22 offers a beautiful destination for day hikers near Puget Sound. Photo by turbozv.

Come help WTA prepare this very popular trail for the heavy use it receives in the summer season. Work on a trail that follows a creek, passes by a half-dozen waterfalls and arrives at the peaceful alpine lake below the northeast ridge of Mt. Pilchuck. We'll be doing general maintenance including drainage, rock steps, and tread repair at an avalanche slide.

>> Sign up now for one of the work parties at Lake 22 this month

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