The crew spent this Hitch up at Summit Camp at the junction of the two trails we would brush and log out. We started on the Blue Mountain Trail when on the ridge, overlooked the Malhuer National Forest and was a sight to see. That section of trail was a three-mile stretch through Lodgepole Pine reprod and beautiful alpine meadows. The wildflowers are beautiful companions and the meadows make for a great lunch spot. The other trail that was on the agenda was Lost Lake trail, and yes, we found the lake. Tucked away about a mile from our camp, we rested there surrounded by craggy rock faces and not much else. On day eight, we finished brushing that trail which totaled 2.5 miles.
The crew was very happy to have a day in the middle of the hitch to leave the loppers behind and work on a re-route project that needed some obvious work. In just one day they put in fifteen timber check dams to restore the old tread that was severely rutted out. There were a total of twenty-one check dams and three water bars put in to help rehabilitate the damaged trail.
Chip, Mary, Dan and Katrina are holding strong and working hard through high temperatures and long days. We are planning on seeing Crater Lake on our off-time, and Dan's parents are traveling all the way from PA to come out and see the place. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel but we definitely want to enjoy our last hitch together before we send everyone off in only 2 1/2 weeks. Whoa.
5.7 Miles brushed/logged out
1/4 mile re-route
21 check dams
3 water bars