27. June 2010 · Comments Off on Possible Future Project on the Middle Fork of the Salmon Trail · Categories: Tips, Tricks and Tid Bits

I am unexpectedly home for a few days to regroup. I had 8 days of bad luck in getting to the Mid Fork. Will be launching another try very soon. The Frank Wilderness rangers told me that, the under-high-water trail that I wanted to use along the upper MF, is traditionally not only under water in spring, but also becomes washed out & impassable each year. They said with frustration in their voices, the trail crew tries to fix it each year, but their work never sticks. Rangers said, this is the only annual washout site along the entire MF trail system. It is also a major access for back packers.

I would like to propose to SBBCH, that we file a proposal with the FS to do a permanent fix to the wash-out site. It would require hauling in some bags of mortar, post mix cement & rebar. Of course, there is plenty of rock available at the site to do the envisioned rock work.

To get to the site, drive past Banner Summit a few miles, turn left at sign for Seafoam Area. Go 1.5 miles to Marsh Creek TH. Go down Marsh Cr. trail about 6 miles to confluence with MF & establish camp. Go another 1/2 mile down the MF to work site. The work would take about 4 guys about 1 day to complete. I have all the tools & experience required. I would volunteer to be project leader. I would need the help of some guys with reasonably healthy backs. I see this happening early summer of 2011.

Jake

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