Sunday, July 22, 2018

Andrews Creek Hot Shot Trail Work & BBQ


Kay enjoys the rest and a little water--in the rain!
The horses get a bit of lunch too!
Bill has a rest too, while Jan does the photography
The Washington State Back Country Horsemen Hot Shot Trail Work Party completed 5 days of trail and bridge work in the Pasayten Wilderness area on July 4th. On June 30th Bill and Jan Ford and Kay MacCready rode up Andrews Creek trail for the day to help with building turnpikes about 3.5 miles up. They reached about 4 miles up without finding a turnpike crew, so they did some badly needed brushing instead (most of the brushing was completed in later days).

The work party also included volunteer hours contributed by the Washington Trail Association (WTA), the Pacific Northwest Trails (PNT) Association, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Association, and 2 members from our local Methow Valley chapter of the Back Country Horsemen (MVBCH). These volunteers came from all over Washington State. Some brought pack animals that packed supplies and hay every day to different work sites and one of the packers' assistant was his 15 years old daughter!

Secret Path to Copper Glance


President Cathy Upper and four friends hiked to Copper Glance. Along the way they enjoyed the views, the peace and quiet of the forest, and even saw a bear! Of course, they brought along their loppers and did a little trail pruning while they hiked! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Twisp River Horse Campground Cleanup


Ten members took part in the Saturday June 23rd cleanup and made a real impact.  Three sawyers (Mark Brantner, Joe Hebert and Bill Ford) bucked up a lot of trees that had been felled by the Forest Service and left as they were on the ground.  There is now plenty of stacked fire wood for the campers!
Michelle carries brush to the pile.
Bill takes on a treacherous snag over the road...
...and gets it out of the road.

Then Bill takes on another low-hanging snag.
Joe and Bill buck up a fallen hazard tree and George collects the firewood
Talking the fresh cut firewood to the wood pile.
Bill and Michelle take a short break.
Finally, it's lunch time!

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Monday, June 25, 2018

UPDATE: Twisp River Drainage Trails


In May MVBCH cut out a number of trails in the Twisp River to the wilderness boundary. From June 3rd a Washington Trails Association (WTA) work party logged a number of trails within the wilderness. At the same time two Forest Service trail workers logged out Scatter Creek Trail #427 and War Creek Trail #408 beyond the wilderness boundary. Twisp River Trail #440 was logged out 15 miles by June 3rd.
SUMMARY:
South Creek Trail #401 – Logged to 3.8 miles.
Williams Creek Trail #407 – Logged out 2.5 miles to 3.0 miles with two trees left down on the trail.
War Creek Trail #408 - Logged out at least 2-3 miles beyond the cabin.
Eagle Creek Trail #410 – Logged out two miles just past Oval Lake Trail turn off.
North Creek Trail #413 – logged 2.5 miles with some brushing.
East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420 – Logged out at least 1.2 miles.
Scatter Creek Trail #427 – Logged out to the horse camp below the lake.
Louis Lake Trail #428 – Logged out two miles.
Twisp Pass Trail #432 – Logged out to Twisp Pass by Forest Service.

Update: Finley Canyon Trail


Finley Canyon got some much needed attention on Saturday June 16th by four members who tackled the downed trees and flood-washed trail. Suzan Davis, Mark Brantner, and new MVBCH members Don Hecker and Karl Kaiyala worked through several areas that were blocking stock passage. 
Karl and Mark prepare to cut out tree

Suzan's dog prefers to swim!

Karl on the tree, Don in background

(L-R) Suzan, Mark, Karl take a break as Don takes a photo

(L-R) Don and Karl open a trail segment

Lewis Butte/Riser Lake Ride & BBQ


Gina & Dave Johnston and DK & Stacey Williams hosted a ride and BBQ on Saturday June 9th at the Williams’ Lewis Butte Ranch. The day was overcast and windy, but that didn’t stop the large group from saddling up and heading out to explore scenic Lewis Butte and the Riser Lake trails. 
Riders crest Lewis Butte...



The 20+ riders rode from the Williams’ ranch hilltop down to Riser Lake and then climbed up the newly constructed multi-use Lewis Butte trail for its 360 degree view of the Winthrop area and Pasayten Wilderness. It became quite chilly in the late afternoon as the wind really came up; we were all glad we had dressed appropriately! After we arrived back at the ranch, the riders joined other non-riding guests who had come for the BBQ. Everyone feasted on a delicious BBQ (DK and Dave manned the grill), with lots of appetizers and salads, and Gina had made a great “Camping Potato” dish.
DK (front) and Dave man the grills
Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres before dinner
The hosts and guests were also supporting the local Equine 4H and rodeo youths and had invited our Methow Valley Rodeo Queen, Athena Milani, as the guest of honor to join us. A raffle for several amazing leather horse tack items hand made by Dave Johnston was drawn after dinner. The proceeds of the raffle were given to Athena to help her be able to make the customary travels around the state representing the Methow Valley Rodeo and the local Equine 4H. After the raffle, a game of “horse shoes”—with a novel twist—was played. The horse shoes were actually sawed off toilet seats, resulting in unrestrained hilarity! Lots of laughs later, the evening ended with everyone well-fed and tired.

Many thanks to the Williams and the Johnstons for a wonderful day, a great BBQ, and a highly entertaining evening!

NOTE: The trails we rode can be publicly accessed from the Riser Lake/Fish & Wildlife parking area or, from the new parking area created by MVBCH (working with the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative) farther up the Gunn Ranch Road.   
Athena helps DK (center) and Dave with the raffle
 

Taking a toss in the horseshoe game


Preparing the Crystal Lake Trail for the BCHW Hot Shot Crew


Thanks to: Pete Stoothoff, D.K Williams, Willie Kemper, Mark Brantner, Richard Stahl and Bill Ford for the June 19th work party to clear the Crystal Lake Trail to the wilderness boundary. This prepares the way for the BCHW work party from June 30th to July 4th to clear the trail in the wilderness. Over 100 trees were cut out during this work party.  DK Williams and Dave Johnston had already worked on this trail on June 6th.
Wilderness Boundary. Yep, the sign says so!
Pete gets after this logs on the trail and then...
...he gets after the next one.

 

2018 Spring Ride "Thank You" Party


We enjoyed a wonderful pot luck BBQ in Ann Port’s back yard next to the Twisp River on June 7th. It was our thank you to ourselves for working hard and doing another great job with the Spring Ride. The afternoon was lovely and the setting was beautiful. Great steaks were provided by the chapter and perfectly grilled by member George Schoenfeld. Lots of sides and dessert goodies too! We had our general meeting before the BBQ and our guest was BCHW Executive Director Nicole Sedgwick. It was great to have her with us and we had plenty of time to ask lots of those complicated questions that only a senior leader can answer. We were all well-rewarded for doing our jobs at the Spring Ride!

Nicole does a Q&A with the group
George serves a perfectly grilled steak
Betty and Pete at the pot luck buffet
After dinner we talked "shop"

MVBCH Octogenarians


We celebrated our hard working octogenarian members at the June 7th Spring Ride “Thank you” party. We have other members who are trying hard to be in this elite group, but “almost 80” doesn’t count! For now we honor:  (L-R) Jackie Iddings, Ann Port, Donna Kemper, Ken Shannon, Betty Wagoner, and Joe Hebert. (Donna’s husband Willie managed to avoid the camera by staying home to work on the hay, but we’ve heard he’s in this group too!)