'Giving Something Back'--Trail Maintenance at Coyote Wall

PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW!!!

Working time: 830am to 330pm, with breaks along the way

Distance from Portland: 70 miles (1.5 hours) each way

Costs: Suggested $8 per person to driver for gas (may vary depending on each car's gas mileage)

What to bring: work gloves (mandatory), long pants (mandatory), adequate boots to protect your feet (mandatory; sneakers are NOT acceptable); a day bag to carry your gear (mandatory), eye protection (glasses, sunglasses, or safety glasses), long-sleeved shirt (recommended; there is poison oak in the area), sunscreen, lunch, plenty of water, waterproof layer in case it's wet, change of clothes to wear home.

Sorry, no dogs...

 

All of us who hike and backpack derive great benefit from the hard work that others before us--many of them volunteers--have done (and continue to do): particularly building and maintaining the trails, access, and facilities that we regularly make use of.  Now's your chance to 'give something back' by being a part of that volunteer effort.  A small group of us will join one of the WTA (Washington Trails Association) work parties for the day, as part of a larger coordinated effort to create a more official and structured system of trails and access points in the beautiful Coyote Wall area in the eastern Columbia Gorge.  Our specific tasks will be explained on the morning of the outing, but join us with the knowledge that you'll be doing something very worthwhile--and doing so in a beautiful setting at the same time!

For more information: See the WTA link below for more details.  Our NW Wilderness meetup gang will work together in a group, although we'll be working alongside volunteers from outside Meetup.  (Ignore the comments about the overnight option; we will be doing this as a day trip from Portland.)

http://vols.wta.org/web/web.pl?agDB+20267

Here's a link to WTA's FAQ:

http://www.wta.org/volunteer/volunteering/questions

NOTE: When we arrive at Coyote Wall, you will be required (by the WTA) to sign a liability waiver.  Please read this in advance and make sure you have no problems with signing:

http://old.wta.org/liability.html


We'll stop for food/drink on the way back.  With the drive and stop, I'm guessing we'll be back to Portland around 6pm on Sunday.  Please do not sign up if you need to be back by a certain time on Sunday evening!

If you have any questions or are unsure if this outing is for you, please contact the Assistant Organizer (Matt T).


 

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  • Magnus

    I've been wanting to do some trail maintenance for the last couple of years and am glad I finally had a chance. It was a lot more fun then I expected and the project turned out pretty nice. I doubt the old trail will even be visible in a couple of years.

    March 26, 2013

  • Susan

    Playing in the dirt with a pickaxe is exhausting, but this was a perfect weather day in one of my favorite spots in the gorge with a great bunch of folks. Making the new trail was fun, and u-making the old trail was even more fun!

    March 26, 2013

    • Matt T

      Sorry I missed it, particularly since it would have still been a lot more fun than spending the day sick in bed! We'll have to do it again, and hopefully can drum up more volunteers next time.

      March 26, 2013

  • Steve J.

    I am doing trail work with the Backcountry Horsemen today at Rock Creek in Washington. Looks like a great day for trailwork!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh no! The dreaded head cold has struck. I'll have to bow out. Hopefully there will be another opportunity.

    March 22, 2013

  • Susan

    I am planning to meet you all there (at the Courtney Road TH, per the WTA link you posted), as I am likely to try to get some hiking in after the work party wraps that day. Looking forward to it.

    March 19, 2013

  • Steve F.

    I have this on the calender. I have a Dodge Grand Caravan that could be put to use hauling some of the party to the trailhead. I also have quite a number of trail maintenace tools and equipment that I can bring along and make available.
    If one of the organizers would please call me at there earliest convienience so that we can further discuss how I may best be of assistance with this and other projects. Steve [masked]

    March 18, 2013

    • Matt T

      Steve: Appreciate your offer, but since the WTA is officially in charge of this trail work, we have to follow their rules which in this case say that we use only their tools. See below from their FAQ page: Q. Should I bring my own tools?
      A. No. WTA provides all the tools you need. The only tools of your own that you might consider bringing would be hand clippers or small folding saws. Please do NOT bring your own axes, machetes, etc. Our safety lecture includes a comprehensive discussion of the safe usage of each tool. We can not permit anyone to bring and use a tool not covered in our safety lecture.

      March 19, 2013

  • Matt T

    My apologies for having to pull out due to a date conflict, but many thanks to Magnus for taking over the event so we don't have to cancel!

    March 10, 2013

  • PJ

    Let's just say their interests aren't the same as ours......lol! Did the WTA volunteer last Sept. and its a great group with great rewards Matt. Thanks for posting this :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Matt T

    To clarify, there's no need for anyone to register with the WTA. I've already registered the whole group.

    February 27, 2013

  • Hal

    I was out there with the WTA a couple of weekends ago. Watch the poison oak!

    February 26, 2013

    • Emma

      watch out for ticks as well- I was out there two weeks ago and found one of those nasty critters on me!

      February 27, 2013

  • PJ

    Would of loved to take part, but out-of-state company is here then. Another time! Very rewarding.

    February 27, 2013

    • Matt T

      put them to work while they're here! :-)

      February 27, 2013

  • Susan

    Do I also need to register with WTA?

    February 27, 2013

    • Matt T

      no, i've registered for the group already

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not super handy, but I will do my best!

    February 26, 2013

  • Emma

    Would love to but I have BCEP class that day

    February 26, 2013

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  • Magnus
    Organizer
    Event Host
  • Susan
    Assistant Organizer

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