Teaming up with the Backcountry Horsemen
Greenway staff and volunteers recently teamed up with the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and headed to the east side of the Greenway for a three day trail maintenance work party. The group set out on the Waptus River Trail, near Salmon la Sac, and camped at a spot called The Dikes.
The Backcountry Horsemen kindly helped to haul in some of the heavy food and gear about seven miles into the Wilderness Area. Greenway staff and volunteers joined Backcountry Horsemen’s ongoing backwoods maintenance efforts to complete log-outs, brushing, tread repair, and drainage work.
Over the three day “spike”, the group improved existing structures and built new
drainage dips to move water off the trail as well as a crib wall to expand passable tread on a narrow, steep, eroding trail section. The trails in this area are rough and overgrown, particularly along Cone Mountain, which is tough on equestrians and their horses. The trail improvements will make it easier for all users to access this area.
We have more backcountry trail maintenance events planned for later this summer. If you’re interested in learning about trail maintenance while camping and hiking in the Greenway, check out our volunteer events page for more details.
You need to be 18 years old to participate and prior backpacking experience is preferred.