CD Blue Crew: Finishing the Meriwether Trail

  • September 05, 2014
  • Posted by Seth Young

It feels weird to say but MCC Blue Crew is DONE working on the Meriwether Trail in Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.  Over the course of four hitches we spent a total of about 60 days in Meriwether Gulch.  The project as a whole consisted of cut & run, check dams, retreading, and constructing a huge crib wall.  This hitch was different from the others in that we entered from the opposite side of the ridge and backcountry camped in a beautfiful little field in Hunter’s Gulch. 

We got packed in about 6 miles by 8 horses and mules and members of the Backcountry Horesemen.  This was a new experience for all of us and it really took a load off of our crew (literally!).

This hitch really made us feel as if the project had now come full circle after entering from the opposite side of the ridge and seeing the finished product.  We are proud of our work and it is safe to say that Meriwether Canyon will have a special place in all of our hearts.

Our last day in the field, September 3rd, also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  We all took the time to reflect on the importance of this and how there is a good chance that we wouldn’t be able to work in such beautiful places without that piece of legislation.

Also, shameless self-plug, Meriwether Trail is now open for business.  Check it out sometime!


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