Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association

Lower Minam River Trail #1673

June 4-6, 2021

Four folks celebrated National Trails Day by spending three days out on the Lower Minam River Trail out of Meads Flat. They basecamped at the old trailhead with a wall tent and kitchen that turned out meals like BBQed elk steaks, salad, canned corn and green beans for dinner and eggs, bacon and hash browns for breakfast. There was "camp bowling" and beer in the evenings, but it wasn't all fun and games. The crew cleared 37 trees from the trail on Saturday alone (with kudos to Russ' loaned Silky saw!) and brushed to the Murphy Creek Trail #1672 junction. On Sunday the crew split up and began working to remove brush and logs from the Cougar Ridge Trail #1649 and Big Sheep Ridge Trail #1685 before breaking camp and heading back to town. On the way out the horse trailer sustained two flat tires with only one spare available, but the crew worked together to better the road and walk the mules out so that everyone was able to return home safely with all in working order.

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