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Email Address
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Trail Name & No.
TrailMiles - RangeAccessWaterFallen Trees (count)Overgrown BrushErosionMudSnow ConditionsSummary & CommentsAdditional Info?Follow Up PermissionNamePhotos & WaypointsAdopt a Trail
Northeast Washington Trails Coalition
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Additional Comments, Questions, Suggestions
Hours ContributedMileage Contributed
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7/3/2022
Barnaby Buttes
Barnaby Buttes 0071
Accessed from Kettle Crest North
NoUnknown
It's a bushwhack— may be impassable for some users
No snowBarnaby Buttes 007 is starting to become indiscernible on the ground. Prioritize for FY23 maintenance list?YesAllison Ginn
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7/3/2022
Barnaby Buttes
Barnaby Buttes 0703Suitable for all car typesNo10-15
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowNeeds logout between Barnaby Buttes trailhead and Kettle Crest N- a dozen+ large diameter trees across trail. YesAllison Ginn
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7/4/2022 5:08:59
snbess@att.net
7/2/0022
Kettle Crest North #13
Kettle Crest North 13N m (Sherman to Columbia)Started at Sherman Pass; camped at the junction with Jungle Hill trail and #13 Kettle Crest North. Walked about 0.5mi farther on #13.Suitable for all car typesYesMore than 20
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowWe navigated about 100 trees that were down across the trail. Most were 14" diameter or less. There were long stretches of clear trail as well. It was all hikeable, but really needs some love to make more accessible. Yes: Next SectionYesSandra SaathoffNo
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
I volunteer with WTA - I am not paid by them.
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7/2/2022 17:46:16
porter5420@hotmail.com
6/20/2022
Columbia Mountain -North Kettle Crest
Kettle Crest North 13N n (Columbia to Sherman TH)7 miles total - Sherman TH to Columbia Mountain Summit Suitable for all car typesYesMore than 20
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
No mud/water on the trail, or not bad enough to recall
No snowWe counted 27 downed trees that were crossing the trail from the Sherman TH about 1.5 miles to the Columbia Mountain Summit trail.No: Submit Report
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6/28/2022 13:49:16
sstevens@teddonline.com
6/24/2022Hoodoo Canyon 017About four miles from the Deadman Creek Trail Head down to Emerald Lake.Suitable for all car typesYes6-10
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowOn the way out we had to scramble over and limbo under quite a few trees across the trail, but on our return we passed three young men with trail work tools, and found that they had cleared the downfall and done tread work in that short time, and it was beautiful!Yes: Next SectionYesShelly StevensNo: Just Me
Tri County Economic Development District
I'd sure like to thank that crew that did such great work!
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6/25/20226/25/2022
Kettle Crest North
Kettle Crest North 13N n (Columbia to Sherman TH)~1.75 miles to Columbia Loop
Has about a dozen trees that need a large saw down on the Sherman Pass-Columbia section. There are 5 trees in the first half mile, then a few at the ~1.25-1.4 mile distance from the trailhead.
Yes10-15
Some brush, but passable for now
Some erosion, but passable for now
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowProbably a quick job with a big saw to get to Columbia No: Submit ReportYesAllison GinnNoNoNo: Just Me
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6/25/20226/25/2022
Columbia Loop
Columbia Mountain Loop 024~2.5 miles including spur
Two trees down on Spur and another two on the loop that require a saw
Yes1-5
Some brush, but passable for now
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
Medium snow fields on north facing slopes, cross with caution
Just 4 trees down on spur and loopNo: Submit ReportYesAllison GinnNoNoNo: Just Me
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6/24/2022 18:55:31
brianamccall@hotmail.com
6/22/2022Jackson Creek 311I hiked northport to priest lake eastbound on the PNT between 6/20/22 and 6/25/22
Rough in some places, but passable
YesMore than 20
Some brush, but passable for now
Some erosion, but passable for now
Intermittent mud/water on the trail, users are creeping around— service soon
Snow covered, trail difficult to follow
About three miles east of Metalline Falls on the PNT alt route (past Sullivan lake) once you cross the creek, the trail was in really bad shape for about 2 miles. The worst downed trees I’ve ever encountered. It is in desperate need of trail maintenance! Compared to the rest of the 100 miles I hiked, those two miles were by far the worst. Definitely still a good amount of snow above 5,000, but that was to be expected this year. There was no snow within that 2 mile stretch, I would love to see some trail maintenance done in that area before the bulk of PNT hikers roll through there. Yes: Next SectionYesBriana McCallNoNoNo: Just MeN/A
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6/16/2022 13:19:49
kristinackerman@pnt.org
6/15/2022Cabin 3031.5
Rough in some places, but passable
YesMore than 20
Some brush, but passable for now
Difficult to pass, users are creeping around erosion issues— service soon
Significant mud/water on the trail, difficult to avoid
No snowWe turned back at 1.5 miles when we reached a log jam where massive (2–3' diameter), live trees had recently fallen across (and along) the trail.

There were just over 200 logs down between the TH and that jam. Several large diameter trees across the trail, but mostly a lot of small diameters that can be cleared with handsaws. (A plethora of small scale opportunities to teach students how to read binds and avoid breaking handsaw blades!)

The foil-covered puncheon survived the fire. Its associated turnpike friend could use new retainer logs someday soon. We could also use a turnpike ramp approaching the west end of the puncheon, to lift the trail out of a low spot that puddles and muds.

There's some tread restoration to do where roots burned holes into the ground, and the edges of the trail have disappeared. Watch your steps! Very slippery ground, particularly in spots where the trail has disappeared into a severe outslope over time.

In a few spots there's some brush (toasted twigs, now) on or encroaching upon the trail, but I wouldn't take more than one set of loppers on a crew. Most of the essential work within this range is log out, and spots needing tread restoration.

In the future, when we don't have as much of a mess to contend with just to make the trail functional again, some small turnpikes or puncheons might be nice to protect several seasonal streams.
Yes: Next SectionYesKristin
Yes: Sent to NEWA Trails Coalition, c/o coordinator: kristinackerman@pnt.org
No
Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA)
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6/14/2021 8:29:28
hweiler@wta.org
6/12/2021Clackamas Mountain - Maple Mtn 312aHiked from Sweat Creek Picnic Area up Sweat Creek Basin Trail (???--that's how it's labeled on the map, but I think the FS website calls it Clackamas Mountain Trail instead). Camped at Hunter Spring, then did side-hike to summit of Maple Mountain on Saturday afternoon, plus summit of Clackamas Mountain on Sunday morning, then returned the way I hiked in. Roughly 11 miles scouted.Suitable for all car typesYesMore than 20
It's a bushwhack— may be impassable for some users
Severe erosion in places— may be impassable for some users
No mud/water on the trail, or not bad enough to recall
No snowI just did a quick review of all the WTA trip reports for these trails & most reported getting lost/confused about route-finding along the way. I didn't struggle with route-finding at all, but my level of comfort for off-trail & route-finding is high. There was a lot of recent sign of dirtbike/motorcycle access. Many of the erosion trouble spots & issues with the trail tread looked to be caused by dirtbikes heading straight up the fall-line/cutting through switchbacks. Tread was okay to Hunter Spring, faint out of camp, especially faint to non-existent to Maple Mountain (did not hike beyond the summit to see how bad to the east, but likely the same), and faint to the summit of Clackamas. Many serious erosion areas: in some areas trail was built too steep to start with, in other areas erosion is being caused by dirtbikes taking the fall-line). A few places with log waterbars look to be rotting out. Question re: replace with fresh logs or try to rebuild with rock or convert to drain dip??? Significant downfall encountered throughout. On the hike out I encountered 3 equestrian users completing some log-out. I stopped to chat with them & it turns out they are associated with the grazing allotment. Cows are out on the allotment now & their aim was to clear the trail to allow for cattle passage & movement to the higher springs. As I continued the hike out I quickly saw that the trail clearing they were doing was to cattle standards-only: if it would not impede cows, they left it. Trees they did cut were not cut to trail standard. This will require some additional clean-up work. They reported they intended to log-out the entire loop from the Sweat Creek Picnic Area. My crew does not go in until September, so I'm hoping for a report later this summer about (a) was the log-out completed to standard, or will I need to take saws? (b) drainage question above re: log waterbar, rock waterbar, or drain dip. Other things to note: both Hunter Spring & Pass Spring have water, although level already seems low. The horseback riders indicated both springs hold water throughout the season, although this is an unusually dry year so I have my doubts. It seems both springs are in need of trough repairs, although that impacts cows more than hikers (the troughs have holes & are not filling to capacity, but it was easy enough for me to fill water containers from the hose--if they continue to run through fall). Also, all of the big Doug firs at Hunter Spring are dead/dying. Several have fallen already, and finding safe tent sites will be challenging in the immediate vicinity of the spring. It was a shockingly high tree die-off at this site. Also, there's a ton of plastic left around the Hunter Spring trough, along with trash left at the nearby campsite. I hauled out about 15 pounds of trash, but there's roughly 50 pounds remaining. Can my crew also rip the plastic out of the spring to pack out if time/weight allows? It's a mess (it looks as though someone tried to cover the trough in plastic? It's a heavy-duty plastic I've seen used as house-wrap at construction sites), and is starting to break down & leave bits of plastic in the stream. Yes: Next SectionYesHolly Weiler
Yes: Sent to my contact(s) with the land manager or trail organization
No
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
What is the maintenance status for Clackamas Mountain trail and Maple Mountain trail--I doubt my crew will have time to work on them in addition to everything else I saw that needed work, but they're beautiful trails that appear to be being lost to lack of maintenance. Maple Mountain Trail was especially difficult to follow. I'd at least like to reestablish the trail junction at Hunter Spring, as the trail is not at all apparent at that location.
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5/24/2022 10:24:41
hweiler@wta.org
5/15/2022
Sweat Creek (Clackamas)
Maple Ridge 302 (aka Sweat Creek TR, aka Clackmas Mtn TR 312)4.5Suitable for all car typesYes1-5
Some brush, but passable for now
Some erosion, but passable for now
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
Minimal snow, easy to cross
Sorry I didn't have a chance to send this last week, as I know you've got a crew planning to go up there this week! I hiked up Sweat Creek as far as Hunter Spring on the 15th. There was not as much downfall as I was expecting, with only one large diameter tree between the TH and the campsite. There were approximately 6-8 small diameter trees down (katanaboy or small handsaw would be sufficient). There are some drainage & tread repairs necessary as well, but I didn't see anything major. The trail became snowcovered at approximately the 3.5 mile mark, but was melting quickly.Yes: Next SectionYesHolly Weiler
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
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5/5/2021 13:42:32
kristinackerman@pnt.org
5/1/2021Pipsissewa 383Full length— bottom to top, and back againSuitable for all car typesYes6-10
Some brush, but passable for now
Some erosion, but passable for now
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowCorridor is passable, but you literally have to brush by the brush, which delivers plenty of ticks to your pant legs this time of year.No: Submit Report
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4/13/2022 6:56:25
509rmassey@gmail.com
4/3/2022
Beaver lake
Beth & Beaver Lake 3162-3 milesSuitable for all car typesYes1-5
Some brush, but passable for now
Difficult to pass, users are creeping around erosion issues— service soon
Intermittent mud/water on the trail, users are creeping around— service soon
Minimal snow, easy to cross
Erosion and washouts. Trail work neededYes: Next SectionYesRichard Massey
Yes: Sent to NEWA Trails Coalition, c/o coordinator: kristinackerman@pnt.org
Yes, keep in touch: I'll adopt this trail for future scouting and condition reporting.
Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA)
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7/21/2022 11:28:10
keegan.hull@usda.gov
7/14/2022Little Pend Oreille ORV 142
2 miles, from Frater lake TH to the 150 XC trail
Suitable for all car typesYesNone
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snowNo: Submit Report
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7/21/2022 11:32:56
keegan.hull@usda.gov
7/14/2022Little Pend Oreille ORV 142
3 miles LPO trailhead (mill Creek) to 143 junction
Suitable for all car typesYesNone
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
Some erosion, but passable for now
Intermittent mud/water on the trail, users are creeping around— service soon
No snowNo: Submit Report
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7/25/2022 10:13:45
kristinackerman@pnt.org
7/8/2022Long Alec 43.1Impassible or closed
Long Alec Ck Rd (FR 2040-700) was nearly impassable in spots, then became impassable (due to mud, lack of traction etc.) at approx. 2 miles below trailhead. Crew had to park and hike up to the trailhead.
No: Submit Report
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8/18/2022 10:28:39
kristinackerman@pnt.org
8/17/2022Red Bluff 553
4.4 mi, from trailhead to N Fk Sullivan Ck
Suitable for all car typesYes1-5
Difficult to pass by brush, service soon
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
No mud/water on the trail, or not bad enough to recall
No snow
Brush is overtaking the first two miles or so, obscuring visibility of the tread and potentially being an issue for bicyclists. There are also sporadically overgrown spots within this full range. Some of the brush is woody; a lot is herbaceous— a fair amount of thimbleberry, for example.

Full-length tread restoration (slough, berm, widen, outslope) would help beat back some of the nearest vegetation encouraging on the trail. So much of the brush along the shoulders consists of herbaceous plants, so weed/brush whackers might be more effective than an army of loppers for reducing pressure from the plants squeezing in. Once you can see it better, you'll probably also find that all switch back drains need to be restored as well.

There are a few spots where woody brush or drooping branches are growing over or leaning into the overhead corridor.

There are a couple of new logs down within this range, but nothing that couldn't wait until next year for log out.

At the Elk Creek crossing (approx 1 mile), it might be nice if trail crews cleared log ends to form a subtle footpath path for pedestrians to access the natural log bridge that partially spans the creek.

The overall width of the Elk Creek crossing is too long (30–40') for trail crews to install a puncheon bridge. Unfortunately, the site is not conducive to an engineered bridge either, as there is not enough clearance on the northern shoreline where we could embed a mud sill for the stringers to rest on, let alone form a ramp to access the bridge deck, because the trail is forced to take a hard-90 to ascend the narrow side slope between the creek and a nigh-vertical hillside. Fortunately both shorelines at this crossing are gradual and safe for equestrians and bicycles to cross (while the creek is mellow), and aren't showing signs of excessive impact from use.
Yes: Next SectionYesKristn Ackerman
Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA)
pnt.org/volunteer; pnt.org/jobs
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9/16/2022 9:43:39
kathrynjobowman@gmail.com
9/9/2022
Noisy Creek
Noisy Creek 588
3miles from bottom, trees start at about 2 miles up
Suitable for all car typesYesMore than 20
Some brush, but passable for now
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
No mud/water on the trail, or not bad enough to recall
No snow
At about 2 miles, the trees are not cut to clearing limits and impede the trail and then a little later, there is no sign of cutting.
Yes: Next SectionYesKathryn BowmanNo
Yes, keep in touch: I'll adopt this trail for future scouting and condition reporting.
No: Just Me
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7/16/2023 11:40:57
kathrynjobowman@gmail.com
7/16/2023
Elk Creek and elk creek spur
Elk Creek 560
picnic shelter trailhead and a loop around to old dam site
Suitable for all car typesYes6-10
Difficult to pass by brush, service soon
No erosion, or not bad enough to recall
No mud/water on the trail, or not bad enough to recall
No snow
At least 3 large trees at the beginning of the Elk creek trail, one more that 30 db. and two a little less, largest tree is right near road and will need to be cut a few times as it lays along the trail and is only crawl able right now. 3-4 other small trees scattered along trail, spur trail has a big mess of trees that have been partially cleared but many saw cuts needed to clear the trail. Brushing has not been done for a few years from the waterfall back to the road. Very thick, not impacting tread much now but will soon. Some devils club needs to be cut.
No: Submit Report
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7/16/2023 11:46:48
kathrynjobowman@gmail.com
7/16/2023Mill Pond - Sullivan Creek Loop 565elk creek spur to damSuitable for all car typesYes6-10
Some brush, but passable for now
Some erosion, but passable for now
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snow
two really big cedars have pulled up with root wads and destroyed a piece of turn pike near the millpond campground. A pile of trees just past the bridge near the campground have been partially cut out but still hanging in the trail. Then nothing much until the history trail where there are a few trees. Didnt walk the section from the picnic shelter to the spur trail but I think I remember there were a couple there too.
No: Submit Report
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7/18/2023 15:09:35
sstevens@teddonline.com
7/14/2023Mill Pond - Sullivan Creek Loop 565
The entire Elk Creek Loop starting at the Mill Pond Campground.
Suitable for all car typesYes6-10
No overgrown brush, or not bad enough to recall
Some erosion, but passable for now
Minimal mud/water on the trail— easy to pass through or over
No snow
It appears that there had been a recent wind event taking out quite a few very large trees, several taking out portions of the tread with them, with huge root balls exposed. It looked to be a fairly isolated event.
Yes: Next SectionYesShelly Stevens
Yes: Sent to my contact(s) with the land manager or trail organization
NoNo: Just Me
Tri County Economic Development District
Thank you! :)
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