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Crow Lake Way - All Women

Backcountry Response Team

Wed Aug 4, 2021 8:30 AM — Sun Aug 8, 2021 3:30 PM

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Region

Mount Rainier Area — Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

Features: Logout, Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Lisa Black

iew towards Crow Creek through the burn. Photo by Rolan.

Overview

The Norse Peak wilderness has suffered extensive fire damage, so we'll be performing trail restoration here. Join us on trails that radiate out from Crow Creek Lake, and help us bring these trails on the east side of the wilderness back up to safe standards for hikers. This all-women trip will focus on logging out the trails in this area of the wilderness using crosscut saws.

About the Area

Norse Peak Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1984 and is now 52,315 acres. The area begins just northeast of Mount Rainier National Park and reaches down both sides of the Cascade Crest. Narrow drainages open to rockbound ridges that slice into valleys dotted with basins and lakes.


Raven Roost and Cougar Valley trails allow access into the eastern portions of the wilderness and to our destination at Crow Creek Lake. Trails continue on toward Big Crow Basin to the west and Fifes Mountain to the south.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

This entire area has been severely burned and our mission is to restore the trails to make them safe for all users to travel. One primary objective will be to logout the trails that radiate from our basecamp.


We will probably have to cut our way into camp along the Raven Roost and Cougar Valley trails and then spend our days clearing the Crow Lake Way and Sheepherder Lake trails. We will also work on any serious tread and drainage issues to prevent erosion problems on the trails.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry basecamp
  • Location: Crow Creek Lake
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain


  • Initial hike to camp: 4.6 miles with 1500 feet of descent at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus tools (provided by WTA)
  •  Expected daily hike: Up to 8 miles roundtrip with up to 1500 feet of gain at a moderate pace while carrying your daypack plus tools

Schedule

  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew. / Make a lunch and pack up camp before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Reach camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Set up, prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

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Directions

From Enumclaw, WA take State Route 410 east for about 67 miles to Little Naches Road 1900. Take Little Naches Road about 4 miles to Crow Creek Road 1902 and follow 1902 for about 6.6 miles to the 866 spur. Take the 866 spur to end of road to the trailhead.


From Naches, WA take State Route 12 west for 4.4 miles and continue straight on State Route 410 west for 24.2 miles to Little Naches Road 1900. Take Little Naches Road about 4 miles to Crow Creek Road 1902 and follow 1902 for about 6.6 miles to the 866 spur. Take the 866 spur to end of road to the trailhead.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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