Horseshoe, Mill Creek and Finish Work in Southern Valley
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Trail Crew Work Report: July 28 – August 4, 2018
A strong week of maintenance from the crew up the Mill Creek Trail and out at Horseshoe Canyon plus a bit of finish tread work on the new Ladyslipper Trail. We’re beginning to look beyond the amazing work happening in Southern Valley this week and planning the remainder of the summer. Although some finish work is still needed, a final Grumpy re-route needs to be completed and other new routes need to be marked for future construction, our priorities are shifting to a solid maintenance and re-route list throughout the valley. This week was instrumental in making that happen and we’re stoked to keep moving forward!
On Monday, Chris and Ron wrapped up work with the Montana Conservation Corps crew on the Ladyslipper Trail. We’re super grateful for all the work these folks have done to help make this trail a reality. They were a fantastic outfit to work with and we look forward to partnering with them again down the road!
Tuesday, the crew removed an unstable and rotting wooden feature on the Probation Trail in Horseshoe Canyon. After clean-up around that spot, they focused on the South Fork of Horseshoe Trail where Chris and Ron cleaned drains and trimmed back overgrown vegetation from the new bridge up the trail. They were also able to repair some of the deeper rutted sections of trail in hopes of keeping water from channeling too heavily.
On the 1st, Chris made his way up Mill Creek to clean additional drains on the upper section as well as brush out some of the lower sections of trail. We’ll be returning to Mill Creek soon to remove a newly blown down tree and a bit of trail damage that occurred this past Friday due to the movement of cattle through the corridor.
Ron took time today for tool tune-up. Sharpening and repair of our tool cache is essential and takes some serious effort, especially after moving through some serious dirt in the past two months. We’re all set to go for the second half of the summer.
Thursday, the crew and a few volunteers continued to work towards completion of the final Grumpy’s re-route section. We know that many of you enjoy that trail as is but installing a few climbing turns towards the junction are helping to achieve the mission and goals of the Southern Valley Recreation Project.
Friday, the crew sat down to plan out the remainder of the season. Looking ahead, we’ll focus on a weed management plan and invasive weed removal from the AJ Trail, drain cleaning and tread repair on Mikesell, planning and implementation of small re-routes and drainage on Channel Lock and Bovine out at Horseshoe Canyon, Pole Canyon additional re-routes, Mahogany tread work and bridge evaluation and a resumed Maintenance Monday schedule.. Stay tuned for some great progress moving forward!
Don’t hesitate to fill out a Trail Maintenance Request Form on our website and check out our calendar for a Maintenance Monday schedule for opportunities to get out and help!
Remember, all of this work depends on YOU. Please take two minutes and head to our DONATIONS PAGE to make your Trail Fund donation in support of these guys today!
How will my donation make an impact?Your contribution, no matter how large or small, will go directly toward the following categories this year:
Three-person trail crew salary and travel over 20 + weeks in 2018
Purchase of new tools (pulaskis, rouge hoes, pick mattocks, etc.)
Maintenance of current inventory (trail tools, saws, radios, etc.)
Chainsaw maintenance (sharpening, service, etc.)
Trail machine rental/maintenance
Trail construction and maintenance supplies (signage, Geo Blocks, drainage, etc.)
GIS/Mapping work, engineering, trail crew training