BVTS Events for 2021

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Bear Valley Trail Steward Volunteers: 

Saturday, October 16th

Trail Workers Appreciation Day

 

Join us to enjoy the fruits of our labor!     RSVP below:

 

After working so hard to build and maintain our local trails, it's time we took a break and gathered together to enjoy what we have created.  Please join us on Saturday, October 16th for a day of family fun and camaraderie with your fellow trail workers.

 

EVENT- will be free to all those volunteers and their families who have worked or donated funds within the last 3 years. Friends may also attend with a nominal fee for food and/or T-Shirts.  The days events will include group hikes and rides, bike skills, BBQ, live music and lots of fun with friends!

 

WHEN- The event registration (previous RSVP required), is from 9:30 to 10:00am with the days events going from 10am to 4pm.

 

WHO- Bring friends and family, but please RSVP here so we know how many to expect.

 

BRING: Your fun spirit, bike or hiking shoes, your appetite and your favorite chair as we may be short.

More information send questions by REPLY E-mail,

-or- email: Mike@bearvalleytrail.org (Mike Cooke, BVTS President)

 

Good People, good food, good times... Bear None

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The 2021 Trail Work Schedule

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2021 Trail Survey Results
Ended 6/31/21
(some results may now be out-of-date)

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Bear Valley to Silvertip Campground Trail

Current Status:  Surveyed 5/17 - Trail cleared of trees - lots of branches left on trail

Survey Results:  David S., Paul P. - 5/17

Details:  Lots of trees down - see "results"

Resolutions: David S., Paul P.

Details to follow:  Paul and I have cleared the BV to Lake Alpine trail up to Silver Tip removing MANY trees in the process.  Trail cleared, however many branches remain on trail.

Silvertip Campground to Lake Alpine Trail

Current Status: Surveyed 5/17 - Still has lots of snow.

Survey Results:  David S.  5/17

Details:  One large tree still down - see "results".  Needs raking and loppers on parts of the trail.

Resolutions:

Details to follow:

Lake Alpine Bypass Trail - North segment (above cabins)

Current Status: Surveyed 5/17 - Many trees down - cleared all the way through (needs some raking)

Survey Results:  David S. and Paul P. - 5/17

Details:  Many trees down.  See (results)

Resolutions:  David S. and Paul P.

Details to follow: This Trail is cleared almost to Bee Gulch. Between BV and here, about 20 trees total cleared from trail however, many branches remain to be raked.  Most trees 16" to 30" in diameter.  5/21-The tree trees down near Bee Gulch have now been cleared.  

Lake Alpine Loop Trail - Three Creeks segment

Current Status: Surveyed 5/19 - Trail clear except for several trees down at Hwy 4 trailhead

Survey Results: David S.

Details:  Maintenance performed trail clear except trailhead

Resolutions:  5/19 - David S.   5/23- Mike C.

Details to follow:  5/19- Maintenance performed trail clear of logs except trailhead.  5/23 Logged out, trail clear except for debris.

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

Current Status:  Surveyed 5/18 - 3 trees blocking segment

Survey Results:  Ingar S.

Details:  Three trees down blocking trail.  10" fir on South shore, 12" fir on South shore, 12" fir blocking trail just west of Silver Creek

Resolutions:

Details to follow:

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

Current Status:

Survey Results:

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Resolutions:

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Rings Trail (lower)

Current Status:  Surveyed 5/18, lots of trees down and some removed. 5/21 removed all trees down the trail from 207 for 1 mile.  More to do down lower.

Survey Results: David S. 5/18

Details: Lots of trees down.  Would give it at least another week before riding.  Pretty soggy.

Resolutions: 5/18 David S., 5/21 Arron J. & Bob B.

Details to follow:  Removed 9 trees down over trail.  5/21- Arron and Bob cleared 3 trees so the trail is now clear from Hwy 207 all the way down for 1 mile.

Oddenn Trail (Upper Rings)

Current Status:

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Lower Woodchuck Basin Trail  (Woodchuck basin to Three Creeks)

Current Status:  5/24 - Logged out. Debris remains along with one large tree.

Survey Results:

Details:

Resolutions: 5/24 Logged out by Jim B.

Details to follow:  Logged out by Jim B. One large tree remains.  Bypass is a possible solution around it.

Powerline Trail

Current Status:  Surveyed 5/17.  Massive jumble of trees down - needs a second look!

Survey Results:  David S. 5/17

Details:  Massive jumble of trees down on powerline near the creek.  Might have been cleared by PGE on their line inspections after the storm

Resolutions:

Details to follow:

Elusive Trail (Corral Hollow Ridge down to Corral Hollow OHV Road)

Current Status:

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Resolutions:

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Upper Tamarack Trail (aka:  AT&T Trail)

Current Status:  Surveyed, lots of work to be done

Survey Results:  Cindy G.

Details:  Middle of trail seems to be obliterated by multiple large fallen trees all catty wumpus and higgledy piggledy. I navigated on the Hwy 4 side of the mess and it was not good. Two other hikers navigated on the other side, up a stream bed, and seemed to have an easier time. About a 3rd of the way in from the lower, Tamarack side, there are 2 downed trees, both easy to get around. One is small, the other is maybe 2 ft in diameter. Otherwise trail is in good condition. Tossed a few branches off the trail as I was hiking.

Resolutions:

Details to follow:

Lower Tamarack Trail

Current Status:  

Survey Results:

Resolutions: 

Cape Horn Trail

Current Status:  Surveyed 5/18 - lots of down trees and some snow still around.  5/24 Logged out, still snow.

Survey Results:  Cindy G.

Details: For mid-May trail is in decent shape. About 6 or so trees down over the trail. None more than 3 feet in diameter and clear routes around. You'll probably have to walk your bike. Minor run off on sections will moisten your boots. A few easily traversed snow banks will give your balance a test. Threw a few of the larger branches to the side, didn't touch any of the downed trees.

Resolutions: Jim B. - 5/24

Details to follow:  Logged out by Jim B. Still some snow.  Might have a tree or two hidden under the snow to be cleared later.

Lodgepole Trail (Highway 207 to campground)

Current Status: Surveyed 5/19 - All trees have been cleared (needs some raking)

Survey Results:  David S.

Details:  Two trees down on Lodgepole Trail.  Not yet cleared.

Resolutions: Aaron J. & Bob B.

Details to follow:  5/21 - Cleared 3 trees off of the trail which is now clear from top to the campground.

Elephant Rock Lake Trail

Current Status:

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Mosquito Lake to Pacific Valley Trail

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Rodeo Clown Trail

Current Status:

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Cow Camp Trail

Current Status:

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Granite Slab Trail - 

Current Status:  Survey results reported, all but one 36"tree cleared at top of trail

Survey Results:  John F.

Details:  

I walked up the granite slabs across from my condo yesterday at lunch and found the mtb trail (which I have yet to ride). There are two trees down in the first mile, one is an old tree about 1 foot in diameter and the other is truly massive (maybe 3') which might require re-routing unless someone built some fun ramp up and over it.

Resolutions: David S.

Details to follow:  Two trees cleared  on 5/18 however a 36" is still across the trail above Granite Slab.  A nice go-around available.  Thanks!

Emigrant Trail

Current Status: 5/23 - Clear of logs, debris remains along with water drainage issues.

Survey Results: 5/23 Mike C.

Details:  Lots of logs and debris on trail.  Some water diversion needed.

Resolutions: 5/23 - Mike C.

Details to follow:  Logging completed.  Still needs raking and drains diverted.

Osborn Ridge

Current Status: 5/23 - Down trees all cut, but logs remain with debris

Survey Results: 5/23 - Mike C.

Details:  Logs down, lots of debris.

Resolutions: 5/23 - Mike C.

Details to follow:  All downed trees cut, but logs need to be rolled out of the way.  Lots of debris still remains.

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 

 

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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