On Saturday, October 28 & 29th, 2017 three Wilderness Corps Volunteers Backpacked into Weldons Camp and we made it about 1 mile beyond and removed a pile of trees, just outside the Wilderness Boundary. On our way in from
the Badger Flat Trailhead, we cleared two trees that were sticking out into the trail. We observed a serious snag on the way in that people have been going around. The trail is in good shape, in places but water damage is also significant in places too. The trail is heavily used by stock which is apparent because it is chewed up and sandy.
The route through the in-holders cabins is marked with orange flagging tape. Please don’t wander around on the Private Property. The only good water is in the creek just below the cabin. We did not locate any water past Weldons to the Wilderness Boundary.
The tree that we spent 6 plus hours cutting up could have been cut with a chainsaw because we were outside the Wilderness Boundary. However, we just did not have such a tool with us we had a Crosscut Saw, a D Handle and two small hand saws, axes and that was it. So we took care of it because if we had left it this tree would be there for us next year.
I want to touch on a point that I ask all the Volunteers, why do you keep coming back? I always am amazed when they say “its because it is so rewarding.” I really do find this to be true.
We donated 16 hours of volunteer time on this trip which will count towards next years Wilderness Hours.