Saturday, September 29, 2018

North Summit Horse Campground Gets International Help!

(L-R) Ian and Jamie dig in to help with the fencing project

Jamie is the daughter of a good Australian friend of Jan and Bill Ford's. She and Ian sold everything and arrived in LA in early August, rented a camper-van and are traveling. Being experienced in fencing and willing to help, they were recruited to join in with the fence building project at the North Summit Horse Campground (NSHC). Jamie and Ian eventually dug 30 of the 65 post holes and helped install highlines! They stayed to enjoy the smoke for 6 days before heading to Canada—and more smoke! 

Please click on the "North Summit Horse Campground" link on the left side of this page to see the latest photos and information on the NSHC! 

2018 Hamburger Ride & BBQ Lunch

This year's September Hamburger Ride & BBQ was without a formal "ride" due to the Crescent fire that had already raged for a month or two in the area. But, there were 5 members who brought their horses anyway and opted to go for a short ride near the Ford's home. Jackie Iddings, Julie Johnson, Betty Wagoner, George Schoenfeld and Michelle Schmidtke enjoyed their ride and were happy they decided to make a go of it. The weather was beautiful with just light smoke! There were 18 members at the BBQ lunch, and Rich Stahl did a great job as BBQ-cook!
Michelle and George arrive back from the ride
Betty, Jackie, and Julie are the drag riders!
Out on the trail and staying away from the flames
Smoke blankets the distant hills
Ready for the BBQ!
Rich tends the barbie!
Julie takes a selfie!

Pipestone Ridge Ride

Cathy Upper, Dave and Gina Johnston, and Betty Wagoner made a ride (climb?) up to Pipestone Ridge on Monday September 10th. The trail was pretty steep up and down in places, but the view was excellent! No trouble with the several rattlesnakes they saw (and heard), so all was good!  
(L-R) Dave, Gina, Betty

Gina and Dave

East Bank Ride

Cathy Upper, Cathy's friend Lori Ulner, Mark Brantner, Ken Orford and Betty Wagoner rode the West Bank Trail on September 15th. They 'trailer-pooled' their horses and, once over Washington Pass, they rode the East Bank Trail off the North Cascades Highway. They found a much different terrain there with everything green — lots of ferns and vine Maple that were just starting to turn color. Cathy, who just happened to take her crosscut saw along on the ride, made quick work of a tree they found laying across the trail! With Ken and Mark to help, she got it sawed out and the trail cleared. The group had a good time riding the trail and stopped for lunch down on a Ross Lake dock at "May Camp". 
The tree over the trail was quickly dispatched!

2018 Labor Day—Bowen Mountain Ride

(L-R) Michelle, George, and Julie at the overlook as Betty takes the photo 
(notice the Crescent fire blowing up in the background!)
(L-R) Michelle, George and their dog "Luna"
Michelle and "Luna"

This past Labor Day George Schoenfeld, Michelle Schmidtke, Julie Johnson and Betty Wagoner rode up the west side of Bowen Mountain. The trail is above Lester Road (Winthrop) and climbs east above the fence and then turns west as they rode to a beautiful overlook. NOTE: The trail is not passable beyond the overlook as it needs repair. The ride was about 2 hours, and the group returned to their rigs for lunch.  

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.
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.