Following is our report from last Saturday's Trail Clearing & Asssessment Work Day in the Tillamook State Forest. Many other 4x4 clubs attended that day (we saw Salem Jeep Club and Jolly Jeepers on the trails) - this is just a look at Piston's Wild Motorsports Day...
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Our group, Piston’s Wild Motorsports, had a great time and we hope that our efforts were applied where needed. It rained the entire day and we cleared well over 50 trees from the service roads prior to accessing and exiting the Archer's Firebreak trail system.
We brought five 4x4 vehicles and 8 volunteers for Saturday. Total volunteer hours including driving time and reporting = 100 hours.
Our members attending were Bill Manbeck (Red Scrambler), Dave Huttula (riding with Manbeck) , Darel & Crystal Crowder (Yellow CJ-5), one of our brand new members Jon Halleaux (Yellow FJ), Rick & Kira Dominiak (Red/White Bronco II), and Bill Meyer (Silver TJ).
We headed out of Roger’s Camp onto Hwy 6 (west) and dropped in on Ben Smith Road. We found approximately 25 trees either blocking or partially blocking the service road so we cleared those and placed some of the debris into the “go-arounds” that were starting to appear from other 4x4 vehicles going around the downed trees.
Ben Smith Road took almost 3 hours to clear and then we finally made it to Archers (covering 28f, 28e, 28d & 28c). We found the trails to be in basically good condition (considering the season) but stopped to drain a few giant mud puddles in the trails. Although, please note that there were quite of few of the East facing trails signs missing (Rock Garden, Waterfall, etc…).
One of our guys dropped down Waterfall – feature looks good and no problems to report. All work and no play makes for grumpy volunteers…
Took time for some poser shots for our new member web page on the rock garden at the bottom of Waterfall.
Found one very large mud bog (I think it was towards the middle of 28d). It might be a planned trail feature, but it is getting pretty sloppy and spreading out quickly.
We did not find any trees down on the trails we traveled. We left Archer’s at the end of 28c and took a peek at Can Opener (28b). Saw some Cherokees attempting it, but not having any luck completing it – this feature still maintains its well earned double black diamond status.
Still some snow up in the higher elevations.
We also ran #26 (Ample & Alluring) and found it to be in generally good condition. We jumped on Lyda Road and followed it back to where it connects with Ben Smith Road.
Again, we found lots of trees down and blocking the road. We cleared approximately 25-30 more trees that were blocking or partially blocking the road and again, threw debris into the tracks that were being created in the go-arounds.
Further down Lyda Road – (pretty close to the Ben Smith Road intersection), we found a small landslide that crossed the road.
The slide area is passable via 4x4 at this time – but a standard vehicle is not going to be able to get through without getting stuck.
Grabbed a quick lunch from the nice ladies at Lee’s Camp Store (great burgers!), said hello to a somewhat grumpy Tillamook County Sheriff and headed back down Hwy 6. Re-entered the forest at South Fork Road (all clear) and followed it to Stage Road (all clear) and then jumped on Powerline (4e, 4c, 4b), some standing water and picked up some garbage, but otherwise looks good. Finally out to Beaver Dam Road (all clear) and back to Roger’s Camp to end the day…
If you would like to see more pictures of this Piston’s Wild TSF Workday (or other events), please go to our Photo Gallery on our website:
There are many more road and clearing pictures and 4-wheeling pics too...
(the poser pics are for the work we are doing on our website member pages)
Thank you again to Stephanie Beall, Jahmaal Rebb and Dave Hiatt from the Oregon Department of Forestry for all of the great work they do for motorized recreation in the Tillamook State Forest. This 4x4 recreation area would be in serious trouble without their dedicated stewardship.
As with the state of the rest of the world - ODF is suffering from funding shortages to support this recreation area. If you are out there playing in the Tillamook State Forest, please take a minute to pick up some garbage, drain a puddle or pack your saw and clear some debris - it will take everyone's efforts to keep this system viable for the coming season...
- on behalf of -
Piston’s Wild Motorsports