A Great Day for Our Public Lands
The 15th Annual National Public Lands Day brought 82 WTA volunteers out to improve
trails on public lands across Washington State this past weekend. The sun was shining as folks
spent their Saturday or Sunday clearing brush, building rock walls,
and constructing new trail from Spokane to the Olympic Peninsula. Here is a bit of what they accomplished:
Iller Creek Conservation Area in Spokane saw 1,100 feet of relocated trail constructed in one weekend with the help of 19 volunteers.
The PCT near Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River Gorge saw 400 feet of overgrown trail cleared and improved by five hardworking volunteers.
Glacier Basin Trail re-route at Mount Rainier - 18 volunteers continued to advance the re-route, digging out stumps, removing rock, and constructing rock retaining structures to support the new tread.
A group of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound poured their energy into improvements of the popular Annette Lake Trail near North Bend. They constructed check steps and took down snags.
Fourteen volunteers returned to the South Fork Skokomish Trail on the Olympic Peninsula to finish roughing in a new by-pass trail from Laney Camp to the dispersed camp site near the Upper Skokomish trailhead.
Although a long drive, 18 volunteers found their way to the Bare Mountain Trail outside of North Bend and continued on some much-needed improvements. Volunteers installed rock steps, removed large roots, widened drainage ditches, and removed mud from one wet section of trail.
On trails at Heather Meadows near Mount Baker, including the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail and Bagley Lakes Trail, nine volunteers fixed drainage and tread, unplugged culverts and repaired braided trail.