BVTS Events for 2020/21

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June/July  Trail Survey

Help us get the...  JUMP ON Trails!

Since BVTS cannot have any large trail work events, we can fill June & July with individual "trail surveys" and maintenance. 

If we can identify local trail problems, and maybe even solve some quickly, we can help locals open up and maintain our trails.

You can help by checking the Trail Survey form below and either scouting trails for problems or going out and working to solve those problems as individuals or in small "locals only" groups.

 

Please REPORT survey or repairs of THIS FORM.

If you go out hiking or biking during the month of June, please consider reporting the condition of the trail you are using.  BVTS will compile this information on the form you see below and try to solve some issues quickly. 

If you go out and resolve any of these issues, please send an email to:  Gary.Bissell@BearValleyTrails.Org 

-OR- CLICK ON THIS SURVEY FORM LINK to report your repairs, so we can eliminate duplicate efforts.

We will be announcing the June Trail Survey T-Shirt winners soon.  

Trail Survey Results

so far...

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Bear Valley to Silvertip Campground Trail

This Trail Work is Completed

Survey Results: Jim and Evan Burton 6-2-2020

Walked the trail from Bear Valley and found it to be in great shape.  Still some snow patches which should probably be gone by June 10th

Resolutions: Jim and Evan Burton 6-2-2020

Trail mostly in great shape. We moved limbs and rocks off the trail and cleared water channels.  Trail is in great shape. Suggest a trail work day for Osborne Ridge and Emigrant.

Silvertip Campground to Lake Alpine Trail

This Trail Work is Completed

Survey Results: Mike Cooke 5-29-2020

Walked trail from Slickrock Rd. to Silvertip Campground and found 4 trees down.  Still lots of snow as of 5-29-2020.

Resolutions: Mike Cooke 5-30-2020

I cut all 4 trees and trail looks clear, but other damage may be visible after all the snow melts.

Lake Alpine Bypass Trail - North segment above cabins

This trail work is complete as of 6/23/2020

Survey Results: Mike Cooke 5-28-2020

Over 20 tree down across trail and still lots of snow.  Hikeable, but not quite bikeable as of 5-28-2020.

Will go out tomorrow and take my chainsaw.

Resolutions: Mike Cooke 5-29-2020  

I hiked the trail and cut 24 trees up to 16".  There is still one big tree just west of the road from the lodge up to the water tank that I did not cut because it is about 40" in diameter.  Otherwise the trail is clear except for some snow. Clear and raked (one large tree still down)

Maintenance on 6-23:  Paul P. and David S.

We cleared out the last big tree.  Trail is in great shape now!

Lake Alpine Loop Trail - Three Creeks segment

This trail work is complete: as of 6/23/2020

Survey Results: Partial by Mike Cooke 5-27-2020

Only found 1 tree down on the Three Creeks segment of the Lake Alpine Loop Trail.  Lots of water in the creeks and still lots of snow among the trees.  

Resolutions: Partial by Mike Cooke 5-27-2020

Mike:  I cut the one down tree on segment up to second creek.  Clear.

Resolutions: 6-7-2010 by Mike Cooke

All section of this trail are clear and report by David S. is "trail is all good".

Lake Alpine Loop - South segment (Duck Lake Trail to Dam)

This Trail Work is Completed

Results:  Rode this today and everything is clear

Resolutions:

Lake Alpine Loop - Dam to spillway & beyond (West end)

Much work to do here

Survey Results:  This area is "rideable" but just barely.  The new re-route is flagged but not complete.  You may need to hike-a-bike in some sections until around the middle of July when repairs are scheduled to be complete.

Resolutions:

Rings Trail (lower)

This Trail Work is Completed - But, trail could use a good raking from the creek on down

Survey Results:  Partial by David Sanderson 5-27-2020

Someone has cleared the windfall on the top quarter mile or so but further down there are still about 6 or 7 windfall ranging from 6 to 18 inches. Still a bit of snow cover and mud but streams are crossable on foot. Should be free of snow and rideable in a week. I will clear trees this weekend. Still 3 trees down.

Resolutions: David Sanderson and Paul Petersen

Cleared half dozen trees on first 1/4 mile from 207 but there are still 3 more trees down as of 6-7-2020.  Went back and cleared all the remaining trees.   Someone just needs to clear out the rotted log that is left.  Can do this by hand (we ran out of time)

Oddenn Trail (Upper Rings)

Survey Results:

Surveyed by David S. on 6/23/2020

Several down trees on the path.  Trail is in fairly good shape otherwise.

Resolutions: Maintenance performed by David Sanderson

Cleared several trees near the bottom of trail.  All is good!

Lower Woodchuck Basin Trail  (Woodchuck basin to Three Creeks)

This Trail could use some raking - otherwise clear and ridable.

Results: 

Found 3 trees down and lots of loose debris scattered on the tread.  

Resolutions: 6-24-2020 by Mike Cooke

Removed all 3 down trees and raked tread to clear debris.

Powerline Trail

This Trail Work is Completed as this trail is "mostly" rideable and clear, but with problems.

Results:  Survey by Peter Harwell 6-18-2020

I rode down from Koala access and continued on granite slab. My first time and it was really hard to follow trail from top! Would have been impossible without powerlines. No big trees down but one brush pile on the trail (I think). Lots of 6 - 12" tall trees sprouted on the trail. Rolling a few basketball sized rocks off the trail would help a lot as well. Crossing of bloods creek with the big steel tubes is a mess and needs clean up.

Resolutions:

Section with large washed out pipes only "walkable".  This is a major issue beyond the scope of BVTS.  A project for USFS.

Elusive Trail (Corral Hollow Ridge down to Corral Hollow OHV Road) (not complete)

Surveyed by Paul Peterson 6-15-2020                                                    This Trail is clear and rideable but total

                                                                              "moon dust".  

Results:

Paul reports the trail is clear except for one large tree down

Resolutions: David Sanderson 7-3-2020

Trail is clear and rideable, but "total moon dust"!

Upper Tamarack Trail (aka:  AT&T Trail) (partially complete)

Survey completed: 5-27-2020

Results: By Mike Cooke 5-27-2020

Just got a huge tree down (as of 6-15-20) from Paul P.

Rode this section and found it to be all clear and good.

Resolutions:

Just got a huge tree down (as of 6-15-20). 

Could possibly use some tread repair and water diversion below the granite slab. 

Lower Tamarack Trail (partially complete)

Survey Partially Completed by Vic Taugher

Results: Partial by David Sanderson 5-27-2020

Hiked and clear trail from Hwy 4 down to first creek crossing.  Found 4 down trees and little trail damage.  

Results Completed 6-14-2020 by Vic Taugher (5)

Rides well. 3 trees cross the trail between Cow Trail & Canyon Vista overlook. Still rideable but a new trail is being formed as riders go around the downed trees. Also, descending to creek crossing there are multiple tracks being formed as riders are avoiding the original one when wet. Suggest some drainage work to route water away to avoid multiple tracks as the trails get wet.

Resolutions: Partial by David Sanderson 5-27-2020

Cleared about 5 windfall from secret forest and lower Tamarack. Stopped at the creek crossing.

Cape Horn Trail

This Trail Work is Completed - But, trail could use a good raking all the way down

Results:By Mike Cooke

Cape Horn - three <12" trees, four snow portages, soggy near the bottom.  Could use a little water diversion at the bottom

Resolutions: 6-15-2020 by Steve Bauer and Paul Petersen

Cape Horn and emigrant trails are both clear, due to Pauls trusty chain saw.

Lodgepole Trail (Highway 207 to campground)

Surveyed June 8, 2020:  David Sanderson

Results:

Great shape.  Lots of wildflowers!

Resolutions:

This Trail Work is Completed - But, trail could use a good raking all the way down

Elephant Rock Lake Trail (resolution not completed)

Hiked and relayed to David Sanderson by Charlie H.

Results:

David - A crew had just been through on the hiking trail from Rock Lake south to the junction with the Highland Lake trail. But there are a few trees down across the bike trail south of elephant lake

Resolutions:

Three trees removed by John V.  One large 12" remains.

Mosquito Lake to Pacific Valley Trail (resolution not complete - needs trail work day))

Surveyed by David Sanderson:  July 27, 2020

Results: Partial by David Sanderson 5-27-2020

One tree down and lots of erosion and rocks in the trail. 

Resolutions: Partial by David Sanderson 6-27-2020

I cleared some of the larger boulders but needs a work day

Rodeo Clown Trail (very poor shape)

Surveyed by David Sanderson:  July 9, 2020

Results:

Almost doesn't exist anymore.  No one is using it.  A couple trees down and lots of buckbrush and manzanita overgrowth

Resolutions: None

Cow Camp Trail

Surveyed July 9, 2020:  David Sanderson

Results:

Great shape.  Lots of wildflowers!

Resolutions:

This Trail Work is Completed - But, trail could use a good raking all the way down

Past Trail Work Events

Trail Events from 2019 and later

(archived)

"Elusive Trail"

 

Trail Work Day with

BVTS volunteers

-Saturday, September 7th-

Come and join us for a Trail Work Event, combined with a hike (almost all downhill), that starts at the top of the Ski Area.  We will carpool to this drop-off point which has some fantastic views, so if you have a pack, bring your camera!  We will hike with light-work for 1 mile down the Corral Hollow ridge to the trailhead. 

(click on map for a larger view). 

 

TRAIL WORK: The Elusive Trail is 1.5 miles long and needs some logs removed, a few minor re-routes and some drainage and tread repairs.  At the end of this trail, there is a 1 mile hike down the Corral Hollow OHV Route to Highway 4 and BV.  All together, this combined work/walk is 3.5 miles, (again downhill), from the top of the Ski Area (drop off point), to BV at Highway 4.

 

MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then car pool to the top-of-the-world.

 

BRING water, snacks, gloves wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and don't forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own, but if you have a favorite, please bring it along. 

 

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more

or email Mike@bearValleyTrails.Org

(archived)

"Lake Alpine Loop"

Trail Work Day with

BVTS volunteers

-Saturday, August 24th-

Last Saturday (8/24), 22 volunteers came out to help build the new (reclaimed) trail from Woodchuck Basin to Lake Alpine.  Great progress was made and the build was completed to about 2/3rds of the way up. A big thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewery for bringing in 12 volunteers from the Sierra Nevada Ale for Trails Project to help out and to the other 20 local volunteers who came out to help.  We will make a serious attempt to complete the trail on Saturday (8/3).

Pictures of the event available HERE

(archived)

"Ales for Trails"

Trail Work Day with

Sierra Nevada Brewery volunteers

and BVTS volunteers

-Saturday, August 3rd-

On Saturday (8/3), 32 volunteers came out to help build the new (reclaimed) trail from Woodchuck Basin to Lake Alpine.  Great progress was made and the build was completed to about 2/3rds of the way up. A big thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewery for bringing in 12 volunteers from the Sierra Nevada Ale for Trails Project to help out and to the other 20 local volunteers who came out to help.  We will make a serious attempt to complete the trail on Saturday (8/3).

Pictures of the event available HERE

(archived)

"Open the Trails"

Trail Work Day

Saturday - June 29th

 

First Trail Work Event - Saturday, June 29th

32 volunteers stepped up to open our local trails!

 

Our first official trail work day of the season was our biggest yet!  Thirty two volunteers showed up to help work on 4 of our main local trails.  After a brief welcome and safety briefing by USFS, we divided into three groups and headed out for a few hours of trail work.  Some folks hit the Upper Tamarack Trail from both ends.  After opening drains, removing downed trees and debree, they event found time to start onto the Lower Tamarack Trail and got the first portion of that cleared as well. These may 

 

involve the ATT trail between B

Center at 8:30am and car pool to the work sights.  Another group worked on the top half of the Silvertip to BV trail, loggin downed trees, filling erosion trenches and creating new drains.  After that, they even found time to work on the start of the Lower Rings Trail from Hwy 207 to the first creek.  Other groups did similar work on the Emigrant Trail, the lower half of Silvertip to BV trail and then came into town and worked on clearing the trail below Granite Slab.  

 

Overall it was one of our best trail work days and a great start to a new summer trail season.  

(archived)

USFS Chain Saw Class

USFS Chain Saw Certification Class

Saturday, June 22nd

 

David McCrea with the FS is scheduling the BVTS chain saw certification class for June 22 at the FS station in Dorrington at 10:00 am. The class will take most of the day so bring lunch. The class covers the mechanics of a chain saw, chain saw safety and proper chain saw use techniques. Participants need to wear long pants, ankle high (8 - inches) boots preferably leather, long sleeve shirt and eye protection.  If your have leather gloves, hard hat and sawer's chaps please bring them.  In order to get your certificate you must present proof of currant first aid and CPR training. The sawer's certification will allow you to operate a chain saw in the National Forest to remove downed trees blocking our trails, brushing and to drop small trees that pose a safety risk to trail users.  Dropping large trees is not covered by the class and certificate.  We report the larger trees to the FS for them to remove.

 No cost. 


If you are interested in taking this class please contact Mike Cooke at mike.cooke@bearvalleytrails.org

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