Hello Trail Lovers, Trail Crew Members and anyone looking to give back for acess to our spectacular trails.
Trail maintenance on Friday August 23 and/or Saturday August 24 on Church Creek Trail is
a little different project with an opportunity to stay overnight at the Satsop Work Center bunkhouse or campgrounds 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.
Trail Maintenance on Friday, August 23
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. After car pool arrangements we drive to Western Trailhead through Montesano and Lake Wynoochee area.
Stop at the Satsop Work Center near Lake Wynoochee Dam. Those spending the night can drop off gear for camping or staying in the bunkhouse.
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.
The USFS's Satsop Work Center 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 Saturday August 24
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
Work beyond Satsop Lake to the drainage divide (1.4 miles) and beyond.
At the end of the day all will 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.
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 read repair. For those interested, 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
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). No Fee. The Olympia Mountainees will cover costs.
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 write if you have questions. I hope to see you there.