Upper South Fork of Ross Creek Trail Work Day

Join FSPW and Kootenai National Forests trail crews on South Fork Ross Creek Trail  #321  for a single day of trail clearing and tread work. Tools and beverages provided by FSPW. The goal is to clear a big mess of hemlocks blocking the trail just above Ross Creek Falls, a mess made during the 2006 floods. We will be using cross-cut saws as well as axes and pulaskis.

We will carpool to the trailhead, which is at the Ross Creek Cedars off of Montana Highway 56 in Lincoln County. We will begin from the parking lot at 9 a.m. Pacific time, 10 a.m. Mountain, and return late afternoon or early evening. This will be a full day with about 10 miles of strenuous hiking carrying tools. There is an option to camp near the work site on Friday night and hike out on Saturday morning.

As with all trail work days, please wear stout boots and denim pants (no shorts), and come prepared with a long-sleeved shirt, rain gear, a good lunch, water and high-energy snacks. Sign up at trails@scotchmanpeaks.org

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Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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