21. August 2014 · Comments Off on Middle Fork Payette river trail – TR033 (north end) · Categories: Around The Campfire, Work Parties and Projects

PMF01Nine members of Squaw Butte spent a great weekend at a new camp site for us, off FR 409 east of Cascade, ID on the head waters of the Middle Fork of the Payette river. The forest service map on Trail 033 indicates this is it northern termination and checking it out and doing some trail maintenance seemed like a good idea. The camp site is one of the best we have every used, the trail was a disappointment. After clearing about 3/4 of a mile the trail could not be found, it is likely it was washed out by high water over the years.
PMF02The trail head / camping site was excellent with trailer parking, water for stock and shade for setting up a great group area.
PMF03This sign indicated we were in the right place and we found a defined trail bed and logs that had been cut by prior trail maintenance efforts.
PMF04A survey on Friday night indicated that the trail had some major downfall and the best plan of action was to start the project on foot, and only get the stock on the trail after we had cleared the first 1/2 mile of trail.

PMF06Unfortunately at the 3/4 of a mile mark the trail could no longer be located. It appears that the original trail bed has been washed away by the river and we could go no further. After a good lunch, the group did a nice afternoon ride.
PMF07While the group didn’t accomplish what they had hoped on trail 033 north, we all had a great time. SEE MORE PICTURES

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