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opportunity to help maintain Scott Trail on September 12th

From: Todd W.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:33 PM
Those of you who've hiked with me have probably heard me talk about maintaining trails and, as several of the folks I've had those conversations with have been interested in getting involved, I got to talking with the local trail volounteer coordinator. We've set up an opportunity for y'all to work with a Willamette National Forest trail crew on September 12th removing downed trees and brush and maintaining tread and drainage. This is on Scott Trail from the Mackenzie Pass highway (242) up to the Pacfic Crest trail just a few miles south of Mackenzie Pass. No prior experience is necessary and, even if you've done trail work in the past, it's is a great chance to give something back to the trail system and get hands on training from the pros. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make trails happen and, for all the days you've enjoyed hiking, I highly recommend taking a day to see where that enjoyment comes from.

In addition to instruction, the Forest Service is providing tools and hard hats. You'll need to provide the energy for 10 miles of hiking, hand sawing, dirt moving, rock hauling, brush cutting, and the like. It'll be a long but satisfying day; plan on a solid 10 hours of hiking and working. Bring sturdy work clothes (long sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves, closed toe boots), good food, and plenty of water. It's a neat stretch of trail that runs by and over cool lava, past excellent cinder cones, and has fantastic views. But no water. Space is limited to eight people and some advance coordination is required. So if you want to come I need to get an email from you by 4PM on September 4th saying you're in. As this is a Forest Service event and not a hiking meetup you have to email me to sign up rather than RSVPing through meetup.

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