Well, the place was a mess when we arrived and we left it better than we found it. But there is still plenty more to do. We cleared Cascara, Mainline, South Traverse and Lloyd. Several riders told me that Red Alder is unpassable and there are trees down on Two Trees, Ephemeral and the right hand loop on the plateau.
Three general observations for those who are riding in areas being cleaned up (all of these happened to me today):
1. When a guy is bucking a tree with a chainsaw and he is wearing hearing protection, don't walk right up behind him such that when he finishes bucking the tree and turns around you are standing about two feet from him. Especially not when he is holding a running chainsaw.
2. If you want to chat up a guy who has just dropped, limbed and bucked a tree that moments before had been blocking the trail, consider getting off your bike and helping him drag a few limbs or rounds off the trail while you are chatting. Especially when your chat lasts for ten minutes...
3. When you see a guy with a chainsaw cutting a tree that is hung on another tree, don't ride up and stop right under the tree being cut.
Heres a few pics from today. Thanks John, Alan and especially Nancy who brought her three sons to help today.
Plugged drain meant flooded mainline trail:
Lot's of trees down!
After I cut the rest of the tree away, this part was still wedged between two other trees, it was hard to get out, so I left it.
Big old tree, rotten to the core.
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