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WTA Work Party at Elk Ridge

Date & Time
Monday, December 17, 2018

A volunteer opportunity with Washington Trails Association: Spend a day exploring this bucolic corner of King County, where a collaborative effort to develop a comprehensive trail system within Taylor Mountain Forest is underway. We will be working on re-routing an existing portion of the Elk Ridge trail.

About the Area
The extensive trail system at Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. Taylor Mountain is dominated by mature red alder trees. Trail users will see recent efforts to convert some of the forests from red alder to conifers.

What to Expect
We’ll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description
Work will involve creating a re-route for an existing portion of trail. Brush removal and tread construction will be the primary goals of the day.

Hiking Information
Our hike to the project site is expected to be 1-3 miles roundtrip over rolling terrain.

8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day’s work
3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead
For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information
Get ready for a great day outside!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party
No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18
What to Wear
Long pants
Work gloves
Long-sleeved shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

What to Bring
Lunch and plenty of water
Rain jacket and pants
Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
A pack to carry your personal gear
A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!