Crew Leader: Chip Andrus
Hike Distance: Up to 6 miles roundtrip
Elevation Change: up to 2000’
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: Trail reconstruction
This is a special event for volunteers from the Wy’east Wolfpack. If you’re interested in have a special event for your group, please contact email@example.com
The Franklin Ridge trail (#427) on Larch Mountain goes through a section of the Gorge that burned in 2017 and is still closed to the public. The fire did quite a number on this trail and so it needs a lot of work to get it back to being a usable trail. We will be clearing out the brush that has vigorously invaded the area, reshaping the trail surface, and making sure water doesn’t run down the trail.
Because the burn area is potentially more hazardous than other sites where we work, I may decide to cancel the work party if high winds or ice make conditions sketchy. Check your email the night before in case the work party is cancelled.
Be ready to go at the parking area by 8:30 AM. We’ll start with a safety discussion and then hike (run?) to our start point, which could be up to 3 miles (probably less). We’ll wrap things up by 3:00 PM. Plan to be there for the whole time. Bring a lunch, lots of water, and a day pack.
So, what to wear?
- Hiking boots (something sturdy that will protect your precious toes from sharp tools — running shoes just won’t do.)
- Work gloves
- Long sleeved shirts and pants
- Rain gear
I’ll supply some fashionable hard hats and safety glasses
Take I-84 to the Corbett exit (Exit 22). Turn right on Corbett Hill Rd, go 1.4 miles, and then turn left onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. After 1.9 miles take a right onto Larch Mountain Rd and follow it about 11 miles (3 miles before the road ends at the trailhead parking lot). Look for my black Subaru Forester at the access gate.