- June 12, 2014
- Posted by Alyssa
The trail we worked on, and will be working on for several more hitches, is the Meriwether Trail located in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area in the Helena National Forest. Seven years ago a forest fire devastated the area leaving charred and downed trees. About three years ago a flood further damaged the unstable area. Our main objective for the summer is to remove downed trees on or within the trail corridor, and re-tread the trail itself. The trail runs through a gulch with hills leading to high cliffs on either side. The unstable terrain, environment, and wind channels combined with the dead trees, both standing and leaning, make this section of trail extremely dangerous for the potential of falling trees, zero shade to protect from the hot sun, and enough charred, dry air to make your boogers black (haha)!
In between pulling ticks off our bodies, Blue Crew dominated downed trees with our always improving bucking and chopping skills. We worked well as a crew and enjoyed the most luxurious first hitch you could ask for! A cabin with a kitchen, outhouse, and campsite was more than we could’ve wished for, but the weather decided to jump on board as well and give us 9 days in a row of beautiful sunny weather! The days flew by without any mishaps, and we bonded over music, furbies, good food, and of course, trail work! Everyone is looking forward to our next hitch!
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