Project Leader: Tyler Kimble Project Dates: April 19 - September 12 Members Arrive June 2
We finally finished Buck Creek trail! It felt so good to shovel off that last pile of dirt and finally hike back to our bunkhouse, admiring the entirety of our work along the way. Luckily there was also a little more variety in the trail maintenance department this hitch; in addition to tread repair, we also got to bust out the crosscut saw to clear some blow down trees out of the way, the double jack sledgehammer to crush some massive rocks poking out of the tread, and do various odds and ends that we missed the first time through the trail. Camp life was happy and jovial for the most part; we got to use the same very nice site as last hitch and by now it feels like home for us. After dinner many rounds of Citadels and Extreme Pictionary were played, "hot ice cream" was enjoyed over the campfire, and a vigorous amount of reading was accomplished. Here are the stats for Hitch 5:
Blowdowns cleared: 25
Total Distance Brushed: 1742.4 ft
Total Distance of Tread Repaired: 3432 ft
Next up: Nine Mile trail! We'll only get a taste of this ridgeline beauty before we spend our 7th and final hitch working for the developed recreation department, improving campsites in the Umatilla National Forest.