Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trail development and maintenance

Aspen leaves
The first few miles of the trail to Upper Lyman Lake were fairly flat, on the soft soil developed by the deciduous forest. Brightly colored yellow aspen leaves lit up the woods.

Trail before Hart Lake
Then the trail turned increasingly rocky and climbed steeply as it neared Hart Lake and the forest became coniferous and much less wooded. It traversed rock slides and went over mountain streams. I began to notice how well maintained it was. Just as predicted, I could clearly find my way and was able to travel without worry of getting lost.

I later learned that the Washington Trails Association (WTA) works with volunteers to maintain the multitude of trails across the state. Following my hike I was pleased to dedicate a day working with them on the trail to Honeymoon Heights. It was a great group of people who clearly enjoyed maintaining the hiking trails for the benefit of themselves and others.

WTA volunteer Gary at work
Trail Questions…

Who helped pave the trail for you? E.g. teachers, parents, grandparents, coaches, or neighbors?

What are you doing to help pave the trail for others? E.g. mentoring, teaching, coaching, parenting?

Do you know someone on a rough trail that might need a little support and word of encouragement?

Trails volunteers by Honeymoon Heights

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