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Day Hike - Conservation on the Ground: Church Creek Trail 871

Conservation on the Ground: Church Creek Trail 871

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Trail Maintenance on Friday, August 23 Our next service project and adventure on the Church Creek Trail is coming up in less than two weeks and I'd like to hear from those considering joining in. This is a little different project with an opportunity to stay overnight at the Satsop Work Center and enjoy some hospitality courtesy of the Olympia Mountaineers. You can join in on Friday August 23 or Saturday, August 24 or both. There is crosscut saw work required for a few remaining large trees down on the trail as well as every kind of trail rehabilitation, much brushing, drainage, tread repair, small trees, steps to build and such things. The branch has crosscut sawyers available to lead these crews. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Olympic National Forest Headquarters at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. Cars can stay overnight or just for the day. Drive to the Satsop Work Center near Lake Wynoochee Dam. Those spending the night can drop off gear for camping or staying in the bunkhouse. Drive to Western Trailhead through Montesano and Lake Wynoochee area. Work on the trail to Satsop Lake and beyond. Brushing, trail repair and crosscut sawyer work. There's plenty of work for all skill levels and interests. Upon completion of the day's work some will head home and other swill head back to stay the night at the Forest Service's Satsop Work Center bunkhouse or camp on the grounds or go home. The USFS has contracted out the Satsop Work Center and it's available for our use. It is about a mile from Wynoochee Dam with accommodations for beds, showers, kitchen with frig and small dining area. The Mountaineers will provide some financial support for a meal and/or refreshments. Your vagabond traveler spirit and some lighthearted entertainment could make for a most memorable evening. You don't have to stay overnight - Come for one day only if you wish. Trail Maintenance on Friday, August 23 Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Olympic National Forest Headquarters at 1835 Black Lake Blvd or meet at the Wynoochee Lake Dam Overlook at 9:30. Drive to the Western Trailhead. Work beyond Satsop Lake to the drainage divide (1.4 miles) and possibly beyond. Pack up tools and return to Olympia – Estimated return time is 5:30 Saturday, August 24. You don't have to stay overnight - Come for one day only if you wish. I hope you can join us. This will be interesting and you will be making a difference. Backcountry Trail maintenance at Olympic National Forest - Church Creek Trail -- Forest Service Trail #871. This is a beautiful trail was adopted by the Olympia Branch at the request of the US Forest Service to help re-open the trail in the southern portion of the Olympic National Forest. Work will include trail clearing, removing fallen trees, brushing and some tread repair to areas damaged by erosion. This trail provides an interesting diversity of terrain including an old growth forest with huge trees, a surprise overlook of an interesting gorge, waterfalls and lakes in a magnificent old growth setting where the flora is remarkable. Those who have hiked it or worked on it have always given it a high marks. Trail Work Gear Backcountry trail maintenance requires your 10 essentials, water, lunch, work boots (hiking boots are great) and work gloves (leather or other durable material). The Branch can supply a dozen hard hats and several hand tools for brushing and tread repair. Crosscut Saw work requires long sleeve shirt and full length pants. To help, you can bring a favorite tool for working in and on the trail surface. Overnight Accommodations Those wishing to spend the night can either bring tent, sleeping bag and camping gear or bring just sleeping bag and overnight stuff and stay in the bunkhouse (noted above). Carpool to Church Creek Traveling from Olympia we will meet at the Olympic National Forest Office at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. Cars can stay overnight. Vehicles will need above average sedan clearance on the forest roads. Passengers will reimburse drivers for vehicle use. Those staying overnight will need to ride with others so inclined to stay. Please contact Jim French to sign up.
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