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Four Trails that Need Your Help in October

Posted by Anna Roth at Oct 15, 2014 02:45 PM |
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This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

No experience is needed to join a work party, and anyone is welcome. We'll teach you what you need to know and find the right job for you. For more information on what to expect when you join us on trail, check out our FAQ page.

Eastern Washington - Iller Creek Conservation Area

October 19, 26, 27, 30

Join us for a day of trail improvements and maintenance within Spokane's Iller Creek Conservation Area. This lush riparian corridor is home to a multitude of animal species, including white-tailed deer and Rocky Mountain elk.

WTA needs your help to reconstruct a steeply eroded section of trail that runs along the east ridge of Iller Creek Trail near the top. The work will involve digging tread, brushing, drainage work and other activities. Join us on the 28th and perhaps glimpse a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

>> Sign up now for the work party at Iller Creek Conservation Area this month

Olympic Peninsula - Upper Big Quilcene

October 18

Hike along a trail beginning in old-growth fir forest and following the upper section of the Big Quilcene River for a couple of miles. A variety of annual maintenance tasks need to be done on this trail, including tread repair, drainage maintenance, brushing and removing any logs across the trail. Because part of the trail is in the Buckhorn Wilderness, you may have the chance to use a crosscut saw to remove any logs across the trail.

>> Sign up now for a work party on the Upper Big Quilcene.

Puget Sound - Evans Creek

October 21-25 and 28-31

National Trails Day group at evans creek krista dooley
Join other volunteers to help develop this beautiful trail system in Sammammish. Photo by Krista Dooley.

Help WTA and the City of Sammamish establish a trail system on its newest park property. Formerly farmland, the park is home to 179 acres of wetland, wooded uplands, and wide open fields.

After helping complete and open two miles of trail earlier this year, our work parties are moving onto building a trail connecting the fields to the uplands. In addition to new trail construction, you may get the chance to build some structures, including bridges or turnpike.

>> Sign up now for one of the work parties at Evans Creek this month

Southwest Washington - Whipple Creek Park

October 30

Whipple Creek Vol Ryan Ojerio
Come whip Whipple Creek's trails into shape for the upcoming season. Photo by Ryan Ojerio.

Whipple Creek is an excellent, close-in location for a little shot of the outdoors in the winter months. WTA volunteers have already completed two substantial reroutes here, making for a much more sustainable (and much less muddy) trail. Now that the rains are coming back we'll decommission the old route and transplant native vegetation to return it to Mother Nature.

>> Sign up now for a work party at Whipple Creek this month.

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