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Heart of Trail Maintenance Season in the PNW

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Heart of Trail Maintenance Season in the PNW

Postby North 350 Blades » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Here we are in mid August already. The class of 2014 is flying north, with lots of thru hikers here in central / northern Washington (or finished) already.

Our crew just wrapped up a week long project at Big Crow Basin, doing heavy tread work on 1.5 miles of trail. This coming weekend, we'll have a crew in for 4 days between Pyramid Peak and Blowout Mountain (the south edge of the "clear cuts") working tread - Postholer, I recollect from earlier comments that you didn't like this section (we heard you). The weekend after that, it's a 3 day weekend of brush clearing and tread restoration about 13 miles south of Snoqualmie Pass. We have two crews going in north of Stevens Pass on back country trips to work tread, drainage and brush issues the first weekend in September.

Earlier this season we had a weekend where we logged out 35+ miles of trail from a bit north of the Wilderness Boundary north of Snoqualmie Pass south to Blowout Mountain. We've also cleared a mile of brush south from Stampede Pass. At the end of June, we worked north of Stevens Pass, brushing and fixing tread and drainage.

Our Stewards / adopter program is off to a good start. Several have been out already on their adopted pieces of the PCT performing annual maintenance. Several more are planning on hitting their sections later this month and into early September.

Later in September and on into October, we'll likely take on a puncheon that needs some reconstruction.

All of our crews can use more volunteer help - I'm sure the other PCT crews up and down the trail feel the same way. There's never a cost to you the volunteer and we'll provide all the necessary tools. No experience is needed, we'll teach our new volunteers what they need to know "on the job". As always, our priorities are safety, a positive experience and THEN getting some quality work done, in that order.
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