6/1 (Sat.) is opening day for bicycles on this trail annually.
Graham has surveyed the lower section and there are four trees down across the trail on the first 6 or is it 7 miles of trail.
Our North Bend friend has produced a map of the middle section and marked 20 trees from thunder creek down to wildcat creek. This 5 mile long section of the trail is upriver from Dingford Creek parking lot up to Goldmyer.
From dutch miller down to Goldmyer there are no down trees except one which we will bypass by Saturday. Up top we need light help with vine maple face-slappers with small loppers and handsaws.
Evergreen volunteers will take on the few down trees and do a little brushing to truly "open" the trail.
Two basic options include a 10 mile loop or a 30 mile version with bailouts to the truck staged for the 10 mile loop.
What we are asking of volunteers this Saturday is a pack with just a little room for a small amount of a sawyers load or perhaps a lopper, handsaw, or mini madock we may offer. Oh yeah and toss off the rounds from the saws. Safety glasses, Earmuffs, earplugs, and long fingered working gloves are recommended.
Those helping on upriver from Dingford will tackle the worst of the blowdowns. If your time or energy is limited this is a great option for you to help.
Those willing to pedal 15 miles of road plus 15 miles trail will finish clearing this major route and get in a full day's ride.
Thanks Bob but this is about the MF and Jen Lesher having backroom meetings with friendly hiking groups for years so we could show USFS we could work out our own squabbles.
Its about about a fine young man Brian Paulter from Tampa Florida coming here for one year, getting his chainsaw cert, then looking for a copilot he found Mr. Davis and those two sawed over 20 days two years ago both on Middlefork and the white river. Brian told us he learned so much from Bill and I kept that vital connection he had established.
Its about now we have 8 new USFS certs from USFS snoqualmie district (and they will be the sawyers of record) and a light winters worth of trees to saw such that we cyclists can clear the 15 mile trail Jen, Brian Jones and many of you worked for for over 10 years to regain access to in ONE DAY.
Next year these newly certified sawyers will be recognized as journeymen so when we get a bad winter (like our friends east of the cascades) we will have a fleet not one or two broken-backed old guys.
If anyone is sitting on the fence this is more like a fair to epic sized ride and just enough work time to fill in all important time sheets. Its not bad at all out there and this is a gravy run so come celebrate the opening of this wild and scenic trail with your brothers and sisters.
I'd love to go Len, but while I got released from the DL list yesterday (hernia surgery two weeks ago tomorrow!) I'm thinking even 10 miles might be much. But I dunno. I can lop and probably even bend over to pick stuff up.
Before and after shots just above Goldmyer this evening.
Bill sawed and Graham and I clawed at the underside of the rootball so its very rideable.
Now we get to ride the whole trail Saturday just behind the saws.
I need to clarify there will be at least two to four brushing parties in the weeks ahead. At this moment there's barely any issues. A couple of years ago Glenn and Peter Partel and I brought weedwhackers up about 6/1 and there was barely anything to whack. This week is just some vine maple branches in your face and we will be fine with what we have signed up. Just winking that if you haven't had major surgery and want a good roll now is going to be much less brushy than two weeks from now.
Glad to hear you are on the mend SS. When you are ready the MF will be waiting with open trail.
For folks looking to help: Tiger has a great National Trails Day event as well.
(Sat. 6/1 is NTD)
Thanks Len, Peter, Brian & Graham for running the saws and feeding us yummy burgers!
Trail was in amazingly nice condition today for this early in the season, particularly the top section between DMG and Goldmyer. As Graham and Len said, it will turn into a jungle in a few weeks and another brushing party have to be organized, I'm sure. If you can get out there this week while sunny, you should be golden.
Hello. Planning to ride Middle Fork tomorrow going up the road to DMG TH then down the trail all the way back. Is this the "easiest" way do this?
Is the bit bewtween DMG and the hot springs worth the extra effort? Looks like it to me but my group may not think so aft 10 miles on the road.
Planning on about 6 hours leisurely pace round-trip. Tried riding it about 7-8 years ago when wet and made it up to Dingford on the trail then was done and needed a serious jungle wacker. Normally mountain bike but been training for the STP and need to ride some dirt but keep up with the training.