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Grumpy 07-16-2009 08:35 PM

WTA Activist Outings
 
WTA Activist Outings
— filed under: Advocacy Opportunity, Guided Hike
Join WTA for a fact finding hike in our national forests.

What Advocacy Opportunity
Guided Hike

When Jul 11, 2009 12:00 AM to
Sep 26, 2009 12:00 AM
Contact Name Jonathan
Contact Phone 206-625-1367
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In an effort to better understand the current state of motorized use in our national forests, Washington Trails Association will be leading a number of activist outings this summer. These exploratory hikes will be geared at gathering on the ground information for specific trails and areas of concern. This data will help WTA better understand what areas of our national forests need better protection or enforcement.


Hiker activists will meet WTA’s advocacy director, Jonathan Guzzo, at the trailhead. Then you’ll begin to explore the area looking for signs of resource damage, ORV incursions or the potential access points into wilderness where motorize and non-motorized trails intersect. This information will be documented through photos and mapping locations, and will be used to help WTA efforts to protect hiking trails and wilderness during the National Forests’ Travel Management process.

Outing schedule:


July 11 – Mad River, from Chiwawa side (Wenatchee NF)

Distance: 12 mile loop Elevation gain: 1,250 feet

See the alpine meadows and wildflowers before this trail opens up to ORVs in late July.

August 1 – 2 Fortune Creek overnight exploration (Teanaway)

Distance: 10 mile lollipop, Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet

A stunning Alpine Lakes-adjacent river valley with access to high-country basins; we’ll likely encounter 4X4s. Set-up camp in this beautiful area and spend two afternoons exploring surrounding trails to see if there is evidence of motorized incursions into wilderness.

September 12 – Langille Ridge (Gifford Pinchot National Forest)

Distance: 11 miles round-trip, Elevation Gain: 2800 feet

A classic huckleberry hike in the Dark Divide, with 360 degree views and great wildflowers.

September 26 – Johnson Ridge (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF)

Distance: 9 miles round-trip, Elevation Gain: 2900 feet

Adjacent to the newly-minted Wild Sky Wilderness, Johnson Ridge is a great little out-and-back with good views.





If you can’t make it on an outing there are still opportunities for you to help WTA gather information. Take WTA’s ORV incursion reporting form with you on your next trip to the national forest and if you come across damage or riders in wilderness areas please let us know about it.

If you are interested in learning more about WTA activist outings or want to join a hike contact Jonathan Guzzo at jonathan@wta.org.
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dirk 07-16-2009 08:41 PM

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Grumpy 07-17-2009 11:16 AM

We need to be paying attention here, too, folks! These outings are aimed solely at getting trails closed to us. That's what these people do. One of our club officers has suggested showing up with our rigs, some BBQ, and having some interplay to see what happens. Maybe Fortune Creek on the 1st of August:wcjp:

dirk 07-17-2009 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Grumpy (Post 5183)
We need to be paying attention here, too, folks! These outings are aimed solely at getting trails closed to us. That's what these people do. One of our club officers has suggested showing up with our rigs, some BBQ, and having some interplay to see what happens. Maybe Fortune Creek on the 1st of August:wcjp:

I had the same thought...tag along & start some dialogue

Merrick Graves 07-21-2009 10:33 PM

I will be staying at Gallegher Head Lake the weekend that WTA is doing their walkthru. It is a working weekend for me. My patrol will be that area that weekend. Also another Ranger will be on the Hiking trail doing some trail clearing. We are all planning to camp out at the lake. However things change fast and plans may change.

I have some jeep trail things that need to be done. There are 2 hill climbs that need to be closed and I need help with that. If anyone can come up to help let me know. Either here or PM me dierctly.

Dave McMains 07-22-2009 11:41 AM

It would be real nice to let them know we will be watching them and making sure that they leave no trace also. Try to put them on the defensive so to speak!

Merrick Graves 07-22-2009 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave McMains (Post 5315)
It would be real nice to let them know we will be watching them and making sure that they leave no trace also. Try to put them on the defensive so to speak!

An album of hiking trail damage is being compiled. Should be available in the near future.

jim putman 07-22-2009 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Merrick Graves (Post 5319)
An album of hiking trail damage is being compiled. Should be available in the near future.

Been thinking about doing that myself, Switchback cuts , fires above 5000' litter ,human waste, trampled areas around water ways ect. Every time I go hiking I see signs of bad hikers. Its time we start making them accountable:DirtDOG:

Ceg_ 07-22-2009 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by jim putman (Post 5335)
Been thinking about doing that myself, Switchback cuts , fires above 5000' litter ,human waste, trampled areas around water ways ect. Every time I go hiking I see signs of bad hikers. Its time we start making them accountable:DirtDOG:

Hey Jim, in the olden days didn’t they just shoot at the Greenies to get them out of the woods? :green machine:

Grumpy 07-22-2009 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Ceg_ (Post 5336)
Hey Jim, in the olden days didn’t they just shoot at the Greenies to get them out of the woods? :green machine:


That happened a couple times down in one of the more remote corners of Coos County, where I grew up...Remind me to tell you what a local log truck driver did to some bikers up Dellwood one time:Wildman:


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