Monday, July 28, 2008

Olympic Sees More Progress, Trail Repaired

The National Park Service announced last week that progress is being made on repairs to Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge road. Culverts have been installed and new rock walls have been completed. Work on repaving sections of the road remain. As such, motorists should expect delays for the next several weeks. Work will also begin on the Switchback trail parking area, which was damaged during last winter's storms.

Meanwhile, a NPCA led trail crew brushed, graded and repaired several sections of the Peabody Creek trail. Volunteers from around the Puget Sound spent Saturday repairing and restoring 2.5 miles of this trail which had not seen maintenance this year. In several spots storm and water runoff had created deep trenches and gullies. These channels had to be dug, raked and regraded to allow safe passage.
Thanks to everyone who participated.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Anges Creek Bridge Repaired!

According to the National Park Service, the footbridge is
now in place across Agnes Creek on the Agnes Creek Trail and is open to both hikers and stock. The bridge is located one-half mile from the Agnes Creek Trailhead in the Stehekin Valley of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Agnes Creek Trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail which spans from Mexico to Canada.

The Agnes Creek Trail footbridge was destroyed during the winter of 2006-7 by a large fallen tree. A temporary bridge was put in for the 2007 summer season, while a more permanent replacement was designed. The new
bridge was flown into place on the morning of July 2nd and trail crews have been working to secure the bridge and complete the footing and handrails.

Kudos to the Park Service for repairing this important bridge and restoring access to the PCT!